June 15, 2005 Extreme Eastern Baldwin County, Alabama
I have been following this particular site closely for about 6 years now. The
site is home to many S. leucophylla, S. psittacina,
and S. rosea. It is one of the better locations I have found for the latter two species. 3 or 4 sundews, as well as at least
2 species of pings also grow here.
This site has undergone a monumental transformation since my initial visit 6
years ago. At that time, most of this area had been under
drought conditions for some time. The center, and lowest part, of the bog contained a solid stand of S. leucophylla. The back side
perimeter contained many a nice stand of large and mature S. rosea. The front side of the bog contained a decent stand of
S. psittacina. Sections of the bog contained massive stands of very large D. tracyi. D capillaris was easily found practically
everywhere, but there were only a very very few D. intermedia plants to be found.
About 5 years ago, the area started getting an abundance of rain. Whereas the
year before I could easily walk around and through
most of the site in tennis shoes with little problems, the year after found that most of the site was under 6" to a foot of water, and
I couldn't come close to reaching the backside of the location. Over the next several years, the water levels receded some,
but the site is basically a very wet habitat now, with a drier rim area which is too dry to support CP.
So when I visited the site today, I found most of the bog containing several inches of water, with very wet conditions in those other areas which was not covered. Only the extreme edges of the locations were somewhat dry, and contained no CP.
One of the largest transformations in species is that of D. tracyi and D.
intermedia. Gone are the massive stands of D. tracyi,
as the habitat has now been extremely wet for too long. But back are the large stands of D. intermedia. Although I had visited the site once
or twice a year every year, it wasnt until this year that it really hit hard that the D. tracyis were gone, and the number of D. intermedias had exploded.
Also gone are a lot of the larger mature plants of S. rosea from the back side of the bog, but they had reseeded themselves to the front of the location in a section which is now constantly wet, but has not flooded in about 5 years. 6 years ago, this section of the bog was too dry for any CP, but now S. rosea and S. psittacina have taken over this prime section. It is somewhat clear that S. rosea does not like a location that remains flooded for any period of time in which the plants are covered in water.
It really has been interesting to note over the years how some CP species have moved out, others have moved in, and others yet have relocated themselves, all within the confines of a 5 acre bog site.
Enough of the comments and ramblings, let's move on.