Download e-book for iPad: A Nature Guide To Northwest North Carolina by Stewart T Skeate

By Stewart T Skeate

ISBN-10: 1887905960

ISBN-13: 9781887905961

A Nature advisor To Northwest North Carolina by way of Stewart Skeate (Professor of Biology at Lees-McRae collage in Banner Elk, North Carolina) is an in-depth, 215-page, profusely illustrated reference and consultant to the wildlife to be present in the typical components of the northwestern counties of North Carolina, and a well-written collective mapping of the landmarks to be chanced on. Introducing the reader to an expertly proficient and soundly informative textual content, A Nature consultant To Northwest North Carolina offers a descriptive precis of Grandfather Mountain, Pisgah nationwide woodland, Roan Mountain, Linville Gorge barren region region, the Blue Ridge throughway, Mount Jefferson nation Park, the recent River, and lots of extra fascinating locations. which include 260 colour plates for animal and plant identity, particular destinations highlighted with descriptive information of habitats, trails, instructions, and an actual textual content for every place targeting the numerous habitats of the zone, a Nature advisor To Northwest North Carolina is especially hugely instructed to all campers, viewers, or naturalists traveling the northwestern landscapes of North Carolina.

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Tea from this plant has been used as a laxative and an emetic. Indian Physic often grows in dense colonies along woodland edges and is especially common along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This saprophytic plant (feeds on decaying matter) has distinctive white, waxy stems with solitary nodding flowers. Along the cool, wet streamsides, Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), Mountain Meadow Rue (Thalictrum clavatum), Mountain Lettuce (Saxifraga micranthidifolia), Brook Saxifrage (Boykinia aconitifolia),Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum), Broad-leavedWaterleaf (Hydrophyllum canadense), Black Snakeroot (Cimicifuga racemosa), Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii), Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), Miterwort (Mitella diphylla), Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima), Small Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea alpina), Cowbane (Oxypolis rigidior), Water Hemlock (Circuta maculata), and Filmy Angelica (Angelica triquinata) flourish.

Five species of oak can be found in the Mixed Oak Forest community, Northern Red, White, Black, Scarlet and Chestnut. Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) with its sharp toothed leaves is usually the dominant oak of the group, however, in drier habitats Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana [prinus]) becomes dominant. Chestnut Oak can be recognized by its deep bark furrows and its large, broadly rounded toothed leaves. This tree can attain a large size and impressive specimens can be found throughout Linville Gorge.

Vines The main vine of these forests is Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla). Its brown, woody vines can be seen spiraling around tree branches often forming impressive formations. Its large heart shaped leaves often make it difficult to spot its brownish-purple, pipe shaped flowers that appear in May. The forest floor may also be covered with young plants twining up shrubs on their way to the canopy. This vine is the primary food plant for the larvae of the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor).

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