I want to encourage you to leave comments. We are amateurs and I'm sure we make mistakes in the identity of some of the flowers. We are photographers first and botanist second. I do hope you enjoy the photography. Click on any picture to make it larger.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)

Photographic Location: Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Photographic Location: Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nodding Thistle (Carduus nutans)

Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee. Photo has been altered for artistic purpose.
Aster family (Asteraceae)

Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee.
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Yellow Sneezeweed, Bitterweed (Helenium amarum)

Photographic Location: Wilson County in Middle Tennessee.
Asteraceae (Aster Family)

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Passion Flower (Passiflora)

Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
By far the more common in my neck of the woods. This is one of Tennessee's two state wildflowers. The other state wildflower is the Tennessee Coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis).

Yellow Passion Flower (Passiflora lutea L.)
I searched for years to see this flower! After I finally saw one at a friends house, I could see why it is so hard to find. This is a tiny flower, about the size of my thumb nail. The best way to find this flower is to look for the very distinctive leaves. By doing this I was actually able to find this flower growing on my property.

Yellow Passion Flower (Passiflora lutea L.)
Both of these flowers are members of the Passifloraceae (Passion-Flower Family).

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Gattinger's Goldenrod (Solidago gattingeri)

Photographic Location: Flat Rock Cedar Glade in Middle Tennessee.
Photographic Location: Flat Rock Cedar Glade in Middle Tennessee.
Asteraceae (Aster Family)

This plant was small, about 1 1/2 feet. It was growing in typical cedar glade, lots of limestone and splotches of dried Nostoc. It was in full sun. It was in a huge field and was the only one of its kind. I searched the field with no luck. It is very near to where other rare glade flowers bloom in Rutherford county.

My personal opinion its Solidago gattingeri. However, I know this is a very rare and endangered flower, so I question my identification. I have been wrong before (please don't tell my wife). The location is exactly where you would expect to find this plant.

After consulting with several experts in the field and exhaustive research, I do believe this is Gattinger's. The other possibility is Missouri Goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis) which is also listed as threatened. Without digging up this specimen (which legally I can't do), it would be hard to tell the difference.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Plantains (Plantago)

Bracted Plantain (Plantago aristata)
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) 
Dwarf Plantain (Plantago virginica)
These are members of the Plantain family (Plantaginaceae)

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Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee.

Monday, June 20, 2016

American Germander, Wood Sage (Teucrium canadense)

Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pale-Spiked Lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

Photographic Location: Flat Rock Cedar Glade in Middle Tennessee.
Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family)

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa)

Photographic Location: Flat Rock Cedar Glade in Middle Tennessee
Asteraceae (Aster Family)

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Purple Cudweed (Gamochaeta purpurea)

Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee
Asteraceae (Aster Family)

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Anglepods (Matelea)

Photographic Location: Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Maroon Carolina Milkvine (Matelea Carolinensis)
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

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Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee
Shinners (Matelea gonocarpos)
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa)

Photographic Location: May Prairie in Middle Tennessee.
Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sampson's Snakeroot (Orbexilum pedunculatum)

Photographic Location: May Prairie in Middle Tennessee.
Fabaceae (Pea Family)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Longsepal Beardtongue (Penstemon calycosus)

Photographic Location: May Prairie in Middle Tennessee.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

White Colicroot (Aletris farinosa)

Photographic Location: May Prairie in Middle Tennessee.

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Swamp Candles (Lysimachia terrestris)

Photographic Location: May Prairie in Middle Tennessee.
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Green Adder's Mouth Orchid (Malaxis unifolia)

Photographic Location: AEDC in Middle Tennessee.
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lobed Tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata L.)

Photographic Location: Natchez Trace State Park in West Tennessee.

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Photographic Location: Natchez Trace State Park in West Tennessee.


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Helmet-Flower (Scutellaria integrifolia)

Photographic Location: AEDC in Middle Tennessee.

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Blue Toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis)

Photographic Location: Natchez Trace State Park in West Tennessee.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

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Farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum)

Photographic Location: Natchez Trace State Park in West Tennessee.
Ericaceae (Heath Family)

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea)

May Prairie in Middle Tennessee.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

May Prairie in Middle Tennessee.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Photographic Location: AEDC in Middle Tennessee.
Pontederiaceae (Pickerelweed Family)

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Small Spreading Pogonia (Cleistesiopsis bifaria)

Photographic Location: AEDC in Middle Tennessee.
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

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This post has been revised due to mistake in classification.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

Photographic Location: Longhunter State Park (Bryant Grove) in Middle Tennessee
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Rattlesnake Fern (Botrychium virginianum)

Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee
Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-Tongue Family)

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Saw greenbrier, Catbrier, Bullbrier (Smilax bona-nox)

Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee
Smilacaceae (Greenbrier Family)

Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wild Garlic, Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense)

Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee
Liliaceae (Lily Family)

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gattinger's Prairie Clover (Dalea gattingeri)

Photographic Location: Longhunter State Park (Bryant Grove) in Middle Tennessee
Pea Family (Fabaceae)

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Glade Savory (Clinopodium glabellum)

Photographic Location: Longhunter State Park (Bryant Grove) in Middle Tennessee
Mint Family (Lamiaceae)

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Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

Photographic Location: Longhunter State Park (Bryant Grove) in Middle Tennessee  
Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae)

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pale Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium albidum)

Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee.
Iris Family (Iridaceae)

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Photographic Location: Sycamore Ridge Ranch in Middle Tennessee.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

Photographic Location: AEDC in Middle Tennessee.
Rose Family (Rosaceae)

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quaker Ladies (Houstonia caerulea)

Photographic Location: AEDC in Middle Tennessee.
Madder Family (Rubiaceae)

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nashville Breadroot (Pediomelum subacaule)

Photographic Location: Cedar Forrest in Middle Tennessee.

Photographic Location: Cedar Forrest in Middle Tennessee. White is very rare.
Pea Family (Fabaceae)

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Slender Blue Flag (Iris prismatica)

Photographic Location: AEDC in Middle Tennessee.

Iris Family (Iridaceae)

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mountain (Piedmont) Azalea (Rhododendron canescens)

Photographic Location: AEDC in Middle Tennessee.

Heath Family (Ericaceae)

Photographic Location: AEDC in Middle Tennessee.
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