Late Fall at Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area
We will make a late fall visit to one of West Tennessee’s botanical jewels, Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area, to see 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 will hopefully 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 (Ionactis 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.
Leader: Bart Jones
Meeting Place: Parking lot of the
Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural
Area (35.467472, -88.053667)
Time: 10:00 AM Central
Lunch: Late lunch at MeoMio’s Cajun Restaurant close by.
Facilities: At the restaurant