July 8, 9, 2017, Roadside Botanizing in and Around the Okefenokee Swamp, Charlton County

Posted under: Roadside Botanizing; Southeast Georgia .

Roadside Botanizing: Waycross to Folkston and the general area (Saturday – July 8) and Eastern Okefenokee Swamp and Night-Flowering Wild Petunia (Sunday – July 9)

Saturday, July 8

Meet:  10:00 am at Hampton Inn Waycross

Description: We will travel along US1 south toward Folkston.  We will make several roadside stops along GA 177 where we will see non-blooming pitcher plants (Sarracenia minor and Sarracenia psitticina), snowy orchid (Platanthera nivea), and Bartram’s rose gentian (Sabatia bartramii), spoonflower (Peltandra sagittifolia), narrow-leaf barbara’s buttons (Marshallia tenuifolia) loblolly bay (Gordonia lasianthus) and others.  Then continue down US1 to a wonderful wet ditch just north of Folkston.  We will then take GA 23 south from Folkston to a stop at Spanish Indian Creek and then continue into the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (ENTRY FEE REQUIRED)for the swamp Island Drive.  Other flowers we may encounter include Pickering’s dawnflower (Stylisma pickeringi)and maybe large-flowered rose gentian (Sabatia grandiflora).  We will be a little flexible in what we do, as the flowers will dictate where we ultimately go.

Directions: Take I-75 south to US 82. Take US 82 east to Waycross. Hampton Inn is on US 82 just past intersection with US 1.

Bring: Lunch to eat on the road – purchase along the way will be difficult 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: Possible at stores/stops along route, but unlikely after leaving hotel.

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

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Meet:  7:30 am (Note early start time!) at Hampton Inn Waycross. Yes you read that correctly! We go in search of night-flowering wild petunia in the early morning before its flowers drop off.

Description: We will start the day heading to GA 301 south to look for the Ruellia noctiflora and we likely will see Michaux’s milkweed (Asclepias michauxii) at this location as well.  After that we will return to US 82 in search of Sabatia foliosa and then continue with other roadside stops along 82 until lunch time:  Plants we should see on this day include yellow meadow beauty (Rhexia lutea), snowy orchid and Bartram’s rose gentian, few-flowered milkweed (Asclepias lanceolata), and others. 

Directions: same as the July 11, just starting much earlier.