Field and fen at Franklin Parker

Having been blessed with an excess of energy at the beginning of the summer, I went out in the field again on June 16 on a trip organized by the Mt Cuba Center, and led by Emily Tinalli and Renee Kemmerer, to see some typical New Jersey Pine Barrens flora at the Franklin Parker Preserve.

We started off outside the preserve, examining a roadside patch of candyroot (orange milkwort). A wet ditch nearby held a variety of other interesting plants, including bog clubmoss and bushy bluestem. Entering the preserve, we followed a sand road across the old CNJ Southern Division, picking up typical dry-habitat species like bearberry, pine barren sandwort, and goat's rue. Thanks to directions (and transport) from Mark Szutarski, we got to examine a field nearby which held a spectacular specimen of clasping milkweed.

A wetland below one of the former cranberry bogs held a nice example of Sparganium americanum (bur-reed), with its distinctive infructescences. Our path led us through typical pitch pine-scrub oak forest, with a varied and mostly ericaceous understory, to a fen on the branch that drains the eastern portion of the old bogs into the West Branch of the Wading. A few rose pogonias were still blooming, and the bladderworts are in flower. Encouraged to explore the fen, we cautiously brachiated from white-cedar to white-cedar, finding Sabatia difformis blooming and Lophiola aurea under way. Perhaps the best find was a single Narthecium americanum, the yellow asphodel--extirpated from the rest of its range (where it never seems to have had more than a tenuous footing in historical times), its beautiful yellow spikes are no longer to be seen except in the watersheds of a few Pine Barrens rivers.

The herps were also on hand: I spotted a carpenter frog happily bobbing in the cedar water, and a green frog sheltering near some sundews at water's edge. (Sadly, no picture of the king snake that swam up to join the action shortly after Emily plunged into the fen.) The hot trek back along the old bog edges did reveal a Nuttallanthus canadensis popping up in the dry sand.

I went over to Webb's Mill afterwards and shot a few pictures I haven't logged yet, but by then I was out of water and ready to go home. Still, a good day, and an interesting return to the Pine Barrens after several years away.

Posted by choess choess, July 22, 2018 03:07

Observations

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Orange Milkwort (Polygala lutea)

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choess

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June 2018

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Foxtail Bog Clubmoss (Lycopodiella alopecuroides)

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choess

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June 2018

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Bushy Bluestem (Andropogon glomeratus)

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choess

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June 2018

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Three-way Sedge (Dulichium arundinaceum)

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choess

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June 2018

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Swamp Loosestrife (Decodon verticillatus)

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choess

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June 2018

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Lake Loosestrife (Lysimachia terrestris)

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choess

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June 2018

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Narrowleaf Cow Wheat (Melampyrum lineare)

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choess

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June 2018

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Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

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choess

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June 16, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

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Pine-barren Sandwort (Mononeuria caroliniana)

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choess

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June 16, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

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Goat's Rue (Tephrosia virginiana)

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choess

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June 16, 2018 11:35 AM EDT

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Clasping Milkweed (Asclepias amplexicaulis)

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choess

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June 2018

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Gallberry (Ilex glabra)

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choess

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June 16, 2018 12:41 PM EDT

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American Bur-Reed (Sparganium americanum)

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choess

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June 16, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

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Swamp Azalea (Rhododendron viscosum)

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choess

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June 16, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

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Yellow Asphodel (Narthecium americanum)

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choess

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June 2018

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Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

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choess

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June 2018

Description

Rose pogonia blooming.

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Humped Bladderwort (Utricularia gibba)

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choess

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June 2018

Description

Slender bladderwort blooming.

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Lanceleaf Rose-Gentian (Sabatia difformis)

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choess

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June 2018

Description

Lanceleaf rose-pink.

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Ten-angled Pipewort (Eriocaulon decangulare)

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choess

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June 2018

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Pipewort.

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Goldencrest (Lophiola aurea)

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choess

Date

June 2018

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Goldencrest.

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American Royal Fern (Osmunda spectabilis)

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choess

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June 16, 2018 01:40 PM EDT

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Royal fern.

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Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

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choess

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June 2018

Description

Rose pogonia blooming.

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Grasses (Family Poaceae)

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choess

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June 2018

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Blue Toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis)

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choess

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June 16, 2018 02:14 PM EDT

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Old-field toadflax.

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Staggerbush (Lyonia mariana)

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choess

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June 16, 2018 02:19 PM EDT

Description

Staggerbush.

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Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

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choess

Date

June 2018

Description

Rose pogonia blooming.

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