I went to NC a few weeks ago and I spent one day looking for plants. I found a lot. It was one of the most productive days I've had looking for plants in a long time. I found some plants in places I've never seen them before. I got so many pics that I can't get them online all at one time. So I will keep updating this until I get them all done.
Well the day started in Bladen county. I stopped by Jones Lake located in Bladen Lakes State Forest. Bladen Lakes are a group of lakes made up of giant Carolina Bays. Carolina Bays are oval shaped depressions that occur from New Jersey to Florida. They are all aligned in the same direction. This is better seen from the air.
They range in size between a few miles across to just a few feet across.
Here is a pic of three Bay lakes, Smallest to largest they are Jones Lake, Saulters lake, and White Lake.
Every time I'm in NC I stop by a ditch that is near Jones Lake to check for a plant that I once saw there. I believe that I found U. floridana. It was growing in with some U.gibba in a deep ditch. U.floridana has only been found one time in NC. According to Don Schnell's book Peter Taylor found a piece of the plant washed up on the shore of White Lake. As you can see from the above pic White lake is less than 5 miles from Jones lake. I took pics of the plant with a disposable camera, but the pics didn't come out. I went back to take more pics next time I was in NC but it was gone. Every time I have been back to the ditch the plant was not there, only U.gibba.Here are the pics of the U.gibba.
Unfortunate, the plants wan not there this year either.
When I was leaving I saw the flowers of S.flavas across another ditch. I turned the car around and went back. The flavas were way across a series of wide ditches, at first I thought I wouldn't be able to get to them without getting very muddy.