Another day, another state

Hello North Carolina! Home of one of my favourite bands of all time (that’s Superchunk, of course).  One week hiking, 100-mile mark is behind me, so are more than 250.000 steps that I did so far in this amazing country. What a adventure.

Ruby Throat, did you know that the Conopholis americana, aka Cancer Root, is an oak’s parasite? It’s roots depends on the host tree, and it causes a large knob on the oak root. Maybe that’s why it’s called Cancer Root. Bloodroot, on the other hand, have this name because it produces a toxine called saguinarine. Blood in Latin is sanguis. Leaving and learning…

I had a nero in Franklin and basically did three things: put my feet up; had a beer at the Lazy Hiker like everyone else (I’ve been seen pictures of this place in my Instagram feed since February, believe me) and researched about the plants that you’ve named, as you can see. Thank you all for your contribution.

There’s nothing that I can say about the Trail that others haven’t already said. The views are amazing, that finals steps to Mount Albert are strenuous, the damage caused by the fire last year is huge. However, I still could see some other flowers that I’ve never seen before.

I’m loving the “Name the AT Plant” game. And now that I’m in another state, vegetation is starting to change. A prologue to what I’ll see at the Smokies, I believe. So, another state, another round. Are you ready? Name these five plants from the NC section of the AT:

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Comments 3

  • Deane Giordano : Apr 23rd

    I love this game, Brazil, but you’ve mostly stumped me this time. #2 might be a trillium called Wake Robin. #4 is definitely columbine. I wait with bated breath to learn the rest from the flora & fauna hikers. Welcome to NC, by the way! Hike happy! RubyThroat

  • Firehound : Apr 25th

    Thanks for sharing Jeff !

  • Dan : Apr 29th

    Number 2 is Toadshade Trillium or Toadwort.
    Number 5 is Wild Hydrangea.


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