Here are some new photos of the wonderful and really colorful S. pupurea var. montana growing on a man-made lakeshore in Transvylvania County, NC at approximately 3,000 feet above sea level. it is unclear whether the population is a remnant from a larger population that might have existed before the reservoir was constructed, or was from seed washed downstream from some undiscovered population at yet a higher elevation. The plants are along the shoreline of two as-of-yet undeveloped lots in an otherwise manicured residential community and consist of groupings of plants in six separate open areas between the overgrowth, along with the occasional plant along other stretches of the lakeshore. All areas of the shoreline that are untended support luxuriant growth of red tinted sphagnum. The photos show some of the most vividly colored plants I found, which undoubtedly, when grown in even more open conditions would be that much more colorful. The final photo shows the habitat and its alarming proximity to grounds tended by paid landscape crews in the upscale development!
This next photo shows the color variation found at the site.
Last Edit: Aug 24, 2012 10:06:31 GMT -5 by mbfmark
those are ridiculously gorgeous! sad that it doesn't look like they flowered this year, but it looks as though they are big enough to flower next year. Fingers crossed that site is kept safe from round up and development, the #1 killers!
Last Edit: Aug 16, 2012 0:04:00 GMT -5 by meizzwang
There were also lots of young seedlings visible here and there so there has been good reproduction in previous years. There were many other plants with flower stalks, but all of the seed pods had been browsed off by deer or something, so not much new seed for this year it appears. There were about a half a dozen plants putting up new flowers right now, though I'm not sure they can make viable seed before hard freezes arrive in about 60 to 80 days for that area.
Yeah, it seems like the wild is savage-even if the plants produce a lot of seed pods, if the deer or other larger animals don't get to it, the caterpillars and other insects tend to devour them right before they're ripe!
Glad to hear there are lots of young seedlings everywhere-this is a true measure of the health of a population. If you don't see seedlings, then you know the population could be in trouble.
We (me, Carl Mazur and his friend Jay Lechtman) also visited the Jackson County, NC site, this time with good wading boots to negotiate the conditions. We found a truly massive number of plants hiding under the thickety brush. However, we learned quickly not to try and steady ourselves by grabbing onto the nearest branch. The bog is full of Rosa palustris with thorns as sharp as a needle. In one place there was a solid mass of pitchers at least 20 feet square, maybe larger. There were quite a few of seed pods out in the squishy areas where the sphagnum is almost a foot deep, but on the edges where plants were growing under young forest with no sphagnum, all the pods had been browsed. I guess the deer don't like to get there feet wet! There are probably thousands of plants on this site, but the sphagnum is so exuberant that its hard to see how tiny seedlings ever get a chance. The plants are not as colorful as the Transylvania County purps due to the shaded conditions. But when the leaves are shed from the overgrowth in fall the pitchers all turn red. Carl, being from Ontario, agreed with me that this plants look more like S. purpurea ssp. purpurea than ssp. venosa, where the 'montana' variety is commonly placed. Of course it is always possible that ssp. venosa and S. rosea are far distant descendents of these mountain purps since they are "upsteam" from them.
Last Edit: Aug 24, 2012 10:05:57 GMT -5 by mbfmark
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