Saturday, March 14, 2009

Acony Bell








discovered by a man who didn't name it,

named for a man who didn't see it,

by someone who didn't know where it was































6 comments:

kanugalihi said...

nice pics. NC or SC? i have found a few populations in macon county that either escaped from botanical collections or represent range extensions out of the jocassee area. hard to tell. what a neat plant

GULAHIYI said...

Thanks. Like the old botanist said, it was "the high mountains of Carolina." And as he failed to say, it was SOUTH Carolina. While I was enjoying the blooms I kept thinking about the botanists who had spent 90 years trying to find the Shortia again. Quite a story.

I didn't know about the ones in Macon Co. I'd guess that they are either in the northwestern part of the county - or along the GA border. I suppose DNA analysis would allow a determined person to identify the source.

kanugalihi said...

i will look and see if anyone has ever done a phylogeography of this plant. i haven't heard of it if they have.


in case anyone is curious, they are at the foot of the giant poplar in horse cove, just off rich mountain road.

i have found shortia in the bottomlands in toxaway and horsepasture drainages of jocassee, in transylvania county NC. i had been told it was restricted to those watersheds, but Radford lists McDowell, Swain and Transylvania counties NC, Greenville, oconee and pickens counties SC. So we add macon and the picture is not as nice and clean as i had supposed.

swain. i don't think it is in the park, i would be interested in those records.

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Hello after long silence. Great blog. I have to use a larger computer to access your blog; I think my laptop is too puny to hold it all! K.

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are you on vacation? keep waiting for some more of your wonderful writings! rerun your blog on Popcorn Sutton?
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casualism said...

The Oconee Bells were flowering in all their glory near Toxaway this past weekend...they can sure mesmarize a weary traveler with their simple beauty. Thanks for the blog post...