Flowers and More Flowers

May 28, 2008

On a hike in fog and drizzle with my trusty umbrella for cover, the pleasures are at ground level.

The umbrella leaf plant, Diphylleia cymosa, is a cousin of the more common mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum. It seems to be a southern Appalachian local. Look at how water collects in the center of the leaf.

Lady slippers are always a treat, I saw maybe 8 or 9 of them in five miles of trail north from Wayah Bald.

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