Easter List of Flora

Lat/Long.: 38.064345, -78.448198
Elevation: 360′
Aspect: NW, woodland on the floodplain
Soils: River deposits…very sandy and silty loam
Bedrock: metasiltstone, feldspathic metasandstone, and quartzite
Conditions: 11:00am -12:30 pm. Clear, sunny and 75 degrees F
On Easter morning we took a family hike along the Rivanna, in one of the richest groves of wildflowers known to the Piedmont. Our curious clan of toddlers, kids, and kid-adults marched through the riparian woodlands…upon a landscape of rich riverine sands and loams. This blanket of soil and plant richness is spread out upon ancient bedrock….bedrock made of the silts and sands of an ancient river and bay that that drained landscapes that were totally devoid of plants.
Now these old sandstones give their sands to a new river, the Rivanna. The earth recycles again and again…sands to rock, rock to sands…again and again.
The following is a list of plants we observed among the fields of spring beauty and trout lily. They are listed in relative order of abundance.
Wildflowers
Spring Beauty
Trout Lily
Dutchmans Breeches
Toothwort
Bloodroot
Virginia Bluebells
May Apple (unbloomed)
Star Chickweed
Bellwort (buds only)
Early Saxifrage
Wild Ginger
Golden Ragwort (buds only)
Trees and shrubs
Ashleaf maple (Boxelder)
Hackberry
Sycamore
Black Walnut
Hophornbeam
Spicebush
Tulip Poplar
American Beech
Chestnut Oak
Red Maple
Bitternut hickory
Pignut Hickory
Paw Paw
Other (including non-native invasives)
Autumn Olive
Multiflora Rose
Garlic Mustard
Honey Suckle
Wild Grape

2 thoughts on “Easter List of Flora

  1. Tree hugging says:

    One thing I've noticed in Augusta County where there is alot of Sandstone is that you can find areas at the base of sandstone mountains that are really similar to coastal environments, including sites that are very much like coastal bogs with sphagnum, orchids, cranberries and carnivorous plants.

    • Devin Floyd says:

      Having been in discussions with Tom D. lately via phone, it seems that these northwest facing contexts at the base of sandstone or quartzite ridges are among the richest in the Piedmont. The Key West phenomenon along the Rivanna doesn't stop there. It extends from there, north and south along the same geologic formation…up to northern Virginia. I am looking for spots in town on the formation, and there is at least one hotspot in city limits associated with it. But, I enjoy seeing richness emerge from nutrient poor geologic substrates…. given the right steepness, aspect and soil drainage regime combinations. IF we can find an old ox bow backing up to the base of one of these little ridge lines, I think we will have orchids.

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