Biota of the Blue Ridge: Rose Twisted-stalk
…from Mt Rogers Naturalist Rally notes, 2010
At our very last stop along the flanks of a deep and heavily wooded creek valley, we explored a seep already in moderate shade from a heavy canopy of mixed-age hardwoods. I’m afraid I probably squealed in a most un-masculine way when I spotted an “old friend” once known only from the Grindstone Nature Trail: Rose Twisted Stalk. Note that this image was taken looking towards the sky, from under this horizontally-oriented plant, small dark-pink fused-petal flowers hanging from the axils and more or less in the plane of the alternate leaves.