Late Fall at Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area
October 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Since we were thwarted by severe storms last year, we will make another attempt at this trip. One of West Tennessee’s botanical jewels, Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area harbors one of just two state populations of Great Plains ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum). These orchids are the latest-blooming of all our native orchids and occur in widely scattered prairie relicts in the South that are disjunct from the main populations found in the upper Midwest. If we are lucky (and there has been no frost), we hopefully will enjoy some nice fall foliage and some of the last flowers of the other special fall plants of the barrens like barrens silky aster (Symphyotrichum pratense), stiff aster (Lonactis linariifolia), blue sage (Salvia azurea var. grandiflora), and obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana).
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Much of the walking is on slopes and there are areas where rocks protrude.
Contact/Leader: Bart Jones 901-485-2745 bjones7777@ hotmail.com
Meeting Place/Time: Parking lot of the Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area (35.467472, -88.053667) at 10:00 am Central Time.
Lunch: Late lunch at MeoMio’s Cajun Restaurant close by.
Facilities at the restaurant.