Alabama natural wonders: Rare plants at The Nature Conservancy in Alabama preserves (photos)

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Last week, Bham Now published its third installment about the state of Alabama’s  biodiversity titled, Alabama has a secret: Its unexplored forests and plants.

In the development of the article, we were fortunate to work closely with  one of the state’s most effective conservation organizations,The Nature Conservancy in Alabama.

While working with the group, we learned about the wonderful world of The Nature Conservancy’s nature preserves and rare plants.

Below is a photo gallery and links of a few of our favorite rare plants and information about the nature preserves in which they reside. Many of the preserves are open to the public.

Take our special tour of Alabama’s natural wonder.  You won’t regret it.

Enjoy!

Alabama Croten – Pratt’s Ferry
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Rare Alabama Croten which is found in The Nature Conservancy’s Pratt’s Ferry Preserve along the Cahaba River
Gentian Pinkroot (Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Nature Preserve)

 

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Rare Gentian Pinkroot can be found in the The Nature Conservancy Bibb County Glades Preserve
Ketona tickseed – Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Nature Preserve
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Ketona tickseed found at the Bibb County Glades, photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy
Dwarf Horse Nettle – Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Nature Preserve
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Found at the Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades, the Dwarf Horse Nettle, photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy in Alabama
Alabama canebrake – Roberta Case Pine Hills Preserve
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Alabama Canebrake found only in Alabama, photo by Chuck Byrd, The Nature Conservancy of Alabama
Baby Alabama canebrake –  Roberta Case Pine Hills Preserve
Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy in Alabama
Sundew – Ruth McClellan Abronski Splinter Hill Bog Preserve
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A sundew from Splinter Hill Bog, photo by Georgia Pearson, Nature Conservancy

For more information about The Nature Conservancy in Alabama visit: https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/alabama/index.htm

 

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.