Upstate: Field trip to Station Cove
March 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Field Trip: Station Cove
Leader: Dan Whitten
In late March and early April, it is difficult to walk into Station Cove without stepping on a wildflower. Vast populations of little sweet betsy (Trillium cuneatum) and sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba, formerly Hepatica acutiloba) — thousands of plants in both cases — are found here.
Large colonies of mayapple and glade fern and one of the densest colonies of blue cohosh in the state all occur here. The rare walking fern, single-flowered cancer-root, Gleason’s white trillium, a large population of Canada violet, showy orchis, and numerous other interesting wildflower species are also here.
Because the parent rock is amphibolite, the soil pH here is around 6.2, making it possible for species seldom seen in our red clay to thrive. The canopy here is also interesting. There is a remnant of an old-growth forest (140 to 175 years old) near the lower falls. Mature basswood, tulip poplar, white ash (Fraxinus americana), beech (Fagus grandifolia), and yellow buckeye (Aesculus flava) are present.
We will meet at the Holly Springs Store dirt parking lot (at the intersection of Hwy 11 & 178) at 9:00 and from there carpool to the site. (If you plan to meet the group at Oconee Station at 10:00 instead, please inform Virginia when you register.)
To register, contact Virginia Meador at <[email protected]>