On The Ground in a Hotspot
Sarracenia’s latest field trip was the June 22 outing in the pine flatwoods and wet savannas of Apalachicola National Forest around Sumatra, Liberty County. It’s a biodiversity hotspot. As usual, the Chapter invited participation by the Magnolia Chapter and the public, but this time it also invited the neighboring FNPS chapter to the west —Sweetbay. The party in the field had members of the three chapters.
The Florida endemic and endangered “white birds in a nest” (the mint Macbridea alba, pictured above) was on splendid display. Chapman’s milkwort (Polygala chapmanii, below), a bit more reclusive, was also ferreted out by the group on another savanna, and pineland false sunflower (Phoebanthus tenuifolius, not pictured) presented abundantly in the pine flatwoods.