A visit to the Carolinas would not be complete with out a visit to the Green Swamp. In my opinion this area of North and South Carolina is the best place in the world to see cp's. I have the facts to back that claim up too. There is nowhere else on Earth that has as many different species of cp's or as many cp's by volume than this area. The best site *there to see is The Green Swamp.
In the Carolinas there are about 30 different species of cp's. Including some very rare plants like Sarracenia rubra ssp. jonesii, and Sarracenia *oreophila. Almost every major cp group grows there. Sarraceniaciae, Dionaea, Droseraceae, Utricularia, and Pinguicula.
With that being said here's the story of my last trip there in January 2004. *I had a lot of sites to check out and I also had a lot of family I wanted to see so I had to schedule as careful as I could so that I could do and see as much as I possibly could.
*I had a meeting with wildlife officials in South Carolina on December 31st over an issue that I hope I'll be able to write another article about real soon. Since It was only a few miles from one of the cp spot's I found a year earlier on a farm in Shallotte, NC, I thought I would just swing by and see how it was doing, even though I didn't have any more memory left in my camera. When I got there, there was a white pickup truck parked on the dirt road leading to the farm. The driver was wearing an orange camouflage hat, so I assumed he was a hunter. I pulled up to his truck and asked if anybody was hunting around the farm. He told me yes and asked why I asked. I told him I wanted to look at some plants. He laughed and said the only plants back there are strawberries and collards. I told him I had been there before so I knew where they were. I drove back to the spot and I got out and looked for the plants. Last year there were hundreds of D. brevifolia beside and even on the dirt road. This year I only found a small patch of about ten plants. I assume that since it was on a farm road that some chemical or fertilizer had been spilled and wiped most of them out.
The hunter pulled up and asked if I had found what I was looking for. I told him yes. He asked a few quick questions about the plants, and I explained what they were. I'm sure he was wondering what kind a plant would bring somebody with out of state plates on their car to this small farm.
After he left I went to a wooded area across the dirt road where I had found D. capillaris before. They were still there and growing very well.
*On my return visit on January 2nd, I had plenty of memory on the camera and I first took these pics of the D. brevifolia.
Then I went over to the wooded area
And took pics of the D. capillaris
I spent another hour looking around the farm for more cp's but I didn't find any.
I'd like to say that I am above poaching but sometimes you can't help it. I'm ashamed to say that I poached two ticks from this site. You should have heard my wife scream when she saw them crawling on my arm.