This is another joint hike with the new Middle Tennessee Wild Ones group and TNPS. The “Oak Barrens” of Coffee County provide examples of TN rare plants that are disjunct from the Gulf Coastal Plain and the prairies of the Midwest. The primary goal of this outing is to see Snowy Orchid (Platanthera nivea
) in flower. This is the only location known in Tennessee for this Coastal Plain species. Usually flowering with it is the equally rare Coastal False Asphodel (Tofieldia racemosa
, now Triantha racemosa
). We should also see Mock Bishop’s Weed (Ptilimnium costatum
), Enyngo (Eryngium integrifolium
), Coppery St. Johnswort (Hypericum denticulatum
), three Silphiums, including Shaggy Rosinweed (Silphium mohrii
) which is endemic to TN, AL, and GA, Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris
), and Virginia Goldenrod (Solidago austrina
Difficulty: Easy to moderate walking in low vegetation.
Leader: Dennis Horn
Meeting Place: Meet at Wendy’s in Manchester TN (82 Expressway Dr, Manchester, TN)
(35.459774, – 86.054491)
Directions: Leave I-24 at exit 114 in Manchester TN. Turn left coming from Chattanooga (right from Nashville) onto US 41 heading NW toward town. Turn right at the 1st traffic light (Raceway at that intersection) beyond the interstate. Wendy’s is half a block on the right.
Time: 10:00 a.m. Central
Lunch: Bring water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and camera. Lunch in the car or on the trail.
Facilities: Facilities at the meeting place.