A few days later, several of us Georgia Botanical Society members braved heat and biting bugs to explore the flora of the Apalachicola National Forest in the Florida panhandle. For several of us, it was a chance to see an array of subtropical wildflowers, including several species of wild orchids.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, came when we had to cross a small ditch in a boggy meadow. Growing in it was an abundance of carnivorous Venus flytrap plants, which originally were found only in a few coastal bogs in North Carolina. How they got to the Florida bog is open to speculation.
Next day, we were back in Georgia to explore a longleaf pine/wiregrass forest on Greenwood Plantation, an old quail hunting estate near Thomasville. As our leader Wilson Baker explained, the longleaf/wiregrass ecosystem is one of the world’s most diverse natural environments, nurturing hundreds of plant species in just one acre.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be first quarter on Tuesday. Venus rises in the east two hours before dawn. Jupiter is low in the west just after sunset. Saturn is high in the east just at dusk and will appear near the moon on Wednesday night.