Holly Shelter Game Land

The Nature Conservancy’s Holly Shelter Game Land, Pender County, NC

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Mark, Jeb and I took a hike along a portion of Conservancy land, located near Topsail, NC.

Longleaf & Wiregrass

This ecological community ecotype is known as the Longleaf Pine – Wiregrass Community.  We observed trees that were painted with two stripes, indicating where federally endangered cockaded woodpecker cavity nesting holes have been known to occur.

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We observed a few patches of Small’s Bog Button (Lachnocaulon minus), a pipewort that only occurs from North Carolina to Florida, on the sandy coastal plain.

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Easy to overlook, pipeworts are uncommon to rare, most everywhere observed.

Hairy Angelica

Hairy Angelica (Angelica venenosa). 

Rhexia alifanus

Savanna Meadowbeauty (Rhexia alifanus), stands upwards to two-feet tall.

Stylisma patens

Common Dawnflower (Stylisma patens). 

Cyrilla racemiflora

Leatherwood, also known as Titi (Cyrilla racemiflora), a native shrub occurring from southern Virginia, south to Florida.

 

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