|Photos from the Bibb
County Glades preserve in northwest Alabama,
maintainted by The Nature Conservancy. May 2003
This preserve contains examples of Ketona Dolomite Glades (1. link to a "Lost World" in Alabama;
2. more detailed link), a type of ecosystem found only in Bibb County, Alabama.
I'm not familiar with all of the plants of this region (this is my first year in Alabama), so assistance with identifications will be appreciated. Please send information and comments to email@example.com.
Further additions of photos are planned as the spring and summer progress.
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|Overall views of one of the glades||
Endemic to a few
glades near the
Little Cahaba River
to photos below: 1a - glade cress (Leavenworthia alabamensis);
1b - (Allium sp.); 1c bee balm ( ); 1d (Chrysopsis
2a - ?; 2b - ?; 2c - buckeye ( ); 2d ( ) ? composite; 2e - legume ( ) ?
3a & 3b - ( ) ? legume; 3c - moss on log; 3d - moss on rock; 3e - ( ) ? in moss on rock
4a - (Polypodium polypodioides - an epiphytic fern); 4b (Spigelia gentianioides var. alabamensis - endemic to the glades); 4c & 4d ( ); 4e - (Coreopsis sp.); 4f - ( ) ?
5a - (Yucca sp.); 5b - Palmetto & Yucca; 5c - horsetails & bamboo
Barbara's-Buttons (Marshallia mohrii), listed as a Federal Threatened
species), grows in abundance in the glades and adjacent areas.
|further photos and identifications to be added soon|
Photos from July 26, 2003,