This one-day trip will include visits to observe populations of Schweinitz’s Sunflower (Helianthus schweinitzii) populations in and around the Uwharrie National Forest in Montgomery County. We will focus on how to identify this federally endangered species and compare it to other plants with similar flowers that bloom at the same time.
We potentially will observe several state listed species including smooth sunflower (H. laevigatus), Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum), glade wild quinine (Parthenium auriculatum), bog spicebush (Lindera subcoriacea), and large witch-alder (Fothergilla major). We will visit an array of rare natural communities associated with mafic rock other rare environments, potentially including Xeric Hardpan Forest, Upland Depression Swamp Forest, Hillside Seepage Bog, Upland Pool, Dry Piedmont Longleaf Pine Forest, and Piedmont Monadnock Forest.
North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals, PO Box #17512, Raleigh, NC 27619