Excursion: Establishing a New Species, Firelily in the Sandhills
with Julie Moore, Jeff Marcus, and Bruce Sorrie, Friends of Plant Conservation
The registration period has closed for this event.
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Fee: $48.00 ($43 for members of either NCBG or FoPC)
This two 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 see firsthand how this lily '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. Directions to the meeting location will be sent by email in advance of the event date.
Transportation not included. Meeting location and directions provided upon registration.
You will be asked to stay at least 6 feet apart from other participants and excursion leader and carry a face covering with you at all times. The face covering must be worn if you are unable to stay 6 feet apart from others. Excursion leaders have the authority to enforce these restrictions and may ask you to return to your vehicle for non-compliance.
What to bring:
Bring a bag lunch and water. Also bring a face covering and 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 (Unfortunately, this lecture event was cancelled.).