Delaware Wildflowers • Misc

Unionville Barrens Naturalist Walk
Delaware Nature Society program, September 12, 2013

Visit the Unionville Serpentine Barrens to learn about the ecology of this rare habitat. Seek unusual plants, and look for migrant songbirds during the height of migration. This site is one of the few small Serpentine Barrens that remain east of Nottingham and is undergoing a habitat restoration with associated research projects. Bring a bag lunch and a drink. -- Leader: William Ryan

Most photos were taken at the ChesLen Preserve.

Also see this blog post describing a plant conservation project at the site.

Phosphila turbulentaPhosphila turbulenta
Turbulent phosphila caterpillar
It was placed on the oak leaf for the picture. They feed on Smilax.

<i>Asclepias verticillata</i>Asclepias verticillata
Whorled Milkweed

<i>Ageratina aromatica</i>Ageratina aromatica
Lesser Snakeroot

<i>Sorghastrum nutans</i>Sorghastrum nutans
Yellow Indian-grass

<i>Cerastium velutinum </i>var. <i>velutinum</i>Cerastium velutinum var. velutinum
Serpentine Chickweed

<i>Quercus prinoides</i>Quercus prinoides
Dwarf Chinquapin Oak

<i>Hypericum gentianoides</i>Hypericum gentianoides
Orange-grass St. Johnswort

<i>Sabatia angularis</i>Sabatia angularis
Square-stemmed Rose Pink

Polygala verticillata var. verticillata
Polygala verticillata var. verticillata
Whorled milkwort
var. isocycla is found in Delaware.

Eacles imperialisEacles imperialis
Imperial moth caterpillar
The caterpillar was 3-4" long; the adult wingspan can be over 6 inches.

<i>Cunila origanoides</i>Cunila origanoides

Symphyotrichum depauperatum
Symphyotrichum depauperatum
Serpentine aster

<i>Schizachyrium scoparium </i>var. <i>scoparium</i>Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium
Little Bluestem
With banded net-wing.

<i>Solidago nemoralis </i>var. <i>nemoralis</i>Solidago nemoralis var. nemoralis
Gray Goldenrod

<i>Viburnum dilatatum</i>Viburnum dilatatum
Exotic Arrow-wood
The only non-native plant shown here.

Copyright David G. Smith

Delaware Wildflowers main page