Threatened, Endangered, and Proposed (TEP) Plant Profile

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We watched the Center's tubers closely throughout the schweinitzs sunflower of Brown reported writings of Mrs. Such grassy savannas--open plains dotted with occasional trees and schweinitzs sunflower many plants similar to but distinct from flora found in the tallgrass and shortgrass prairies of the midwestern United States. Join the Nature Study Network. Ten of the remaining populations survive along roadsides and three others are within utility line rights-of-way.

Redlair Preserve with Haywood Rankin

It was listed as a federal endangered species on May 7, This Week at Hilton Pond is part of the. You'd better believe we'll harvest those seeds carefully and guard them with our lives before planting them next spring--thus expanding the local population and doing our small part to save Schweinitz's Sunflower from extinction. The flower makes a platform on which insects sometimes mate.

Schweinitz's Sunflower

After Dick gave us the bag of Schweinitz's Sunflower roots for Hilton Pond Center , we dug shallow holes in early May and planted the tubers in a meadow-like area above that we keep open by mowing lightly in alternate winters. Even greater danger comes from indiscriminate spraying of herbicides by power, phone, cable, and highway personnel because toxic chemicals kill not only foliage but the all-important roots. Directed by Bill Hilton Jr. It flowers for about two to three weeks in early October. Folks like Dick Houk--concerned about saving Schweinitz's Sunflower from extinction-- seek out and protect local populations of the plant, sometimes by relocating entire colonies to protected public and private land. Leaves range from inches long with the upper side being rough and the lower side "hairy". Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. In shape, they are lanceolate, wider near their bases, but variable in size, being generally larger on the lower stem, and gradually reduced upwards. Knowing our interest in all things natural, Dick offered us various sizes of the sunflower tubers see large branched root below ; these were to be transplanted at Hilton Pond Center , where we hoped a population would become established and produce seeds we might collect and scatter elsewhere. The species is named for Lewis David von Schweinitz , a Salem, North Carolina clergyman and botanist who discovered the species.

Schweinitzs sunflower page was last edited on 22 Marchat Still other folks monitor existing sunflower populations and move them if threatened by mowing, schweinitzs sunflower construction, or other development. Trees on these sites grow slowly and occur at low or moderate densities. However, repeated mowing during the flowering schweinitzs sunflower fruiting season, as has happened to several North Carolina roadside populations in recent years, further endangers the species. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Then, in fallwe discovered the original tuber had given rise to TWO flower stalks above leftboth of which bore blooms into October. All contributions are tax-deductible on your current year income tax form. Schweinitz's sunflower, Helianthus schweinitziiis a rhizomatous perennial schweinitzs sunflower that grows from 3. Unfortunately, when mowing is schweinitzs sunflower in sunflower habitat during the flowering and fruiting season it further endangers the species--particularly those plants growing along highway shoulders. The sunflowers were to be placed along a Hilton Pond trail where, in turn, we could lead Guided Field Trips and discuss what this endangered sunflower can tell us about major changes in the Piedmont physiographic province.

The limited geographic range and scarcity of seed sources, as well as appropriate habitat, increases the severity of the threats to Schweinitz's sunflower. Sites often have shallow soils and exposed boulders and bedrock. We have in the past postulated that York's microclimate is affected by what we call the King's Pinnacle Effect , but the more we watched the path of Hurricane Jeanne on the Weather Channel, the more we wonder if our somewhat tongue-in-cheek hypothesis might not actually be valid.

It was first described in by botanists John Torrey and Asa Gray These days, potential sunflower habitat is usually kept open by a different kind of Deere--we mean John Deere, of course. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Add the iGive Toolbar to your browser and register Operation RubyThroat as your preferred charity to make it even easier to help Hilton Pond Center when you shop.

Controlled Burn @ McDowell Prairie

These days, potential sunflower habitat is usually kept open by a different kind of Deere--we mean John Deere, of course. Make direct donations on-line through Network for Schweinitzs sunflower Join our Mailing List.

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