Excursion: Establishing a New Species, Firelily in the Sandhills
with Bruce Sorrie, Jeff Marcus, and Julie Moore, Friends of Plant Conservation
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $48.00 ($43 for members of either NCBG or FoPC)
This three stop excursion to the NC Sandhills will introduce you to this distinctive, biologically rich region of the state and to a newly described species of lily – the firelily. We will visit two populations of this rare lily and see firsthand how it 'fits' into the unusual scenario of requiring wet soil yet also needing fire or other disturbance to reproduce. We will observe how it competes with neighboring shrubs and other plants, discuss its life cycle, and relate why it is a rare plant range-wide. The specialized 'streamhead pocosin' habitat supports a fascinating collection of plant species; among those we hope to see are white-fringed and orange-fringed orchids.
Transportation not included. Meeting location and directions provided upon registration.
What to bring:
Bring a bag lunch and water. Also bring a broad-brimmed hat to ward off sun, bug repellent to ward off possible chiggers, and you may find binoculars useful.
What to wear:
It will be hot and humid, so plan to bring a long-sleeved shirt if you are sensitive to sunburn; otherwise short-sleeved shirt, long pants, and old sneakers that you don't mind getting wet. Note: there will be poison sumac in among the lilies, so be careful where you step and grab.
We're expanding our partnership with the Friends of Plant Conservation to offer several excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some of our state's rarest plants and natural areas.
This event is a partnership between the NCBG and the Friends of Plant Conservation.
Also see the LUNCHBOX Talk: Establishing a New Species, Firelily in the Sandhills on June 18.