Native Plant Report – Ouachita National Trail – Perry County

Spring is in full swing in the Ouachita Mountains! The first ANPS Native Plant hike of 2015 was on April 11. Seven enthusiastic participants enjoyed a spectacular spring day in the forest.

A full hike report will appear in the Fall 2015 Claytonia. Today’s post is a quick visual taste of what was seen along the Ouachita National Trail in Perry County.

Hike participants were leaders Virginia McDaniel & Eric Hunt along with Don Ford, Becky Hardin, Mary McDaniel, Lynna Schoenert, and John Simpson.

Perfoliate bellwort - Uvularia perfoliata

Perfoliate bellwort – Uvularia perfoliata

Iris cristata

Dwarf Crested Iris – Iris cristata

Halesia carolina

Silverbells – Halesia carolina

Rhododendron prinophyllum

Early Azalea – Rhododendron prinophyllum

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

Cinnamon fern – Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

Hamamelistes spinosus

Spiny Witch Hazel Gall Aphid – Hamamelistes spinosus – Growing on Common Witch Hazel – Hamamelis virginiana

Article and photographs by ANPS member Eric Hunt

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