Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 2017, Roadside Botanizing: Waycross and Okefenokee Area, SE Georgia

Posted under: Roadside Botanizing; South Georgia .

April 15: 

Rose Pogonia, Pogonia ophioglossoides, photo Anita Reaves

Meet:  10:00, Walmart in Waycross – On US 1 on east side, just over 1 mile south of US 1/US 82 intersection.

Sarracenia minor and S. psittacina, photo Anita Reaves

Sarracenia minor and S. psittacina, photo Anita Reaves

Description: We will drive GA 177 north of Okefenokee Swamp Park, stop at a wet ditch by a power substation on US 1 just north of Folkston, stop at the HWY 23 bridge at Spanish Creek south of Folkston, and then drive the Swamp Island Drive in the Okefenokee NWR.

Wildflowers we should encounter on one or both days include Sarracenia minor, Sarracenia flava, Sarracenia psitticina, Pinguicula caerulea and Pinguicula lutea, Pogonia ophioglossoides, Zephyranthes atamasca, Baptisia perfoliata, Polygala lutea and Polygala nana, Drosera brevifolia and Drosera intermedia, and Asimina reticulata.

We will be a little flexible in what we do, as the flowers will dictate where we ultimately spend our time.

Directions: Take I-75 south to US 82. Take US 82 east to Waycross and US 1 south to the Walmart parking lot.

Bring: Lunch to eat on the road (purchase along the way will be difficult to impossible due to extremely sparse pickings), water, bug spray.

Walking: Short excursions along the roadside, never out of sight of the vehicles – can be muddy or wet.

Facilities: Gas station at Folkston during the day.

Carpooling is encouraged to make pulling off easier for our roadside botanizing.

Contact: Rich Reaves   rich.reaves@att.net    770-827-5186 – cell but may not have service once out of town.

 

April 16

Meet: 8:00 AM (Note early start time) at Hampton Inn Waycross (on US 82)

Description: Our first stop will be on GA 301 where we see Ruellia noctiflora in mid-summer.  This will be an exploratory stop, as I have not been at this site in spring – however, I do expect interesting spring plants.  Then we will make a couple of stops on the route back to Waycross on HWY 82 and finish off the day at a Sarracenia flava bog west of Waycross. 

Wildflowers we would expect to see are similar to those mentioned above and include Sarracenia flava (obviously).

We should finish early afternoon to allow folks plenty of time to get home.

Directions: Meet at the Hampton Inn in Waycross (on US 82), just past the intersection with US-1 at 8 AM. 

Bring: Lunch to eat on the road, water, bug spray.

Walking: Short excursions along the roadside or the prairie boardwalk at Okefenokee NWR.  Usually within sight of the vehicles (except boardwalk) but it can be muddy/wet.

Facilities: As we travel back through Waycross late morning we will stop at the Flash Foods on the west side of town for a refreshment break.

Carpooling is encouraged to make pulling off easier for our roadside botanizing.

Contact: Rich Reaves   rich.reaves@ att.net    770-827-5186 – cell but may not have service once out of town