Summer Flowers - Woodlands - White and Cream-colored

These flowers bloom between June and August.
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1 <strong>Rugel's Indian Plantain</strong>
<em>Rugelia nudicaulis</em> /Aster Family
<span style="color:purple;">Rare - Endangered in TN</span><br>
This may not be the most "beautiful" of the highland wildflowers, but it is worth looking for due to it...

Rugel's Indian Plantain Rugelia nudicaulis /Aster Family Rare - Endangered in TN
This may not be the most "beautiful" of the highland wildflowers, but it is worth looking for due to it...

Rugel's Indian Plantain Rugelia nudicaulis /Aster Family Rare - Endangered in TN
This may not be the most "beautiful" of the highland wildflowers, but it is worth looking for due to its limited growing areas. This plant was growing on the trail to Andrews Bald in the Clingmans Dome area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the highest point in Tennessee at above 6600 feet in elevation. I photographed it in early July. It is a Composite flower, note the "Y" shaped pistils. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP {Formerly known as: Cacalia rugelia; Senecio rugelia} map...
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2 <strong>White Wood Aster </strong>
<em>Aster divaricatus</em> /Aster Family<br>
This is a common woodland Aster. Look for it in August.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>:Big South Fork NRRA, Warriors' Path SP

White Wood Aster Aster divaricatus /Aster Family
This is a common woodland Aster. Look for it in August. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Warriors' Path SP

White Wood Aster Aster divaricatus /Aster Family
This is a common woodland Aster. Look for it in August. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Warriors' Path SP
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3 <strong>Whorled Wood Aster</strong>
<em>Aster acuminatus</em> /Aster Family<br>
Notice how the inner flowers turn purple as they age. I found this plant growing at the Piney River State Natural Area in August 2003.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>:Piney...

Whorled Wood Aster Aster acuminatus /Aster Family
Notice how the inner flowers turn purple as they age. I found this plant growing at the Piney River State Natural Area in August 2003. Perennial Where seen:Piney...

Whorled Wood Aster Aster acuminatus /Aster Family
Notice how the inner flowers turn purple as they age. I found this plant growing at the Piney River State Natural Area in August 2003. Perennial Where seen:Piney River SNA
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4 <strong>Upland Boneset (type 1)</strong>
<em>Eupatorium sessilifolium</em> /Aster Family<br>
I found this plant blooming along the Angel Falls Overlook Trail in Big South Fork in late August. This is a good trail to see flowers.
Perennial
<u>Where ...

Upland Boneset (type 1) Eupatorium sessilifolium /Aster Family
I found this plant blooming along the Angel Falls Overlook Trail in Big South Fork in late August. This is a good trail to see flowers. Perennial Where ...

Upland Boneset (type 1) Eupatorium sessilifolium /Aster Family
I found this plant blooming along the Angel Falls Overlook Trail in Big South Fork in late August. This is a good trail to see flowers. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA
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5 <strong>Silverrod</strong>
<em>Solidago bicolor</em> /Aster Family<br>
This is the only white-flowered Goldenrod. I found it growing along the Angel Falls Overlook Trail in late August at Big South Fork.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>:Big South Fork N...

Silverrod Solidago bicolor /Aster Family
This is the only white-flowered Goldenrod. I found it growing along the Angel Falls Overlook Trail in late August at Big South Fork. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork N...

Silverrod Solidago bicolor /Aster Family
This is the only white-flowered Goldenrod. I found it growing along the Angel Falls Overlook Trail in late August at Big South Fork. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP
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6 <strong>Spider Lily </strong>
<em>Hymenocallis occidentalis</em> / Amaryllis Family
Height: 12" to 28"
July 27, 2005<br>
I had tried to find this flower in bloom for 2 years. I finally found it blooming at the Haw Ridge Greenway. I had to stand in ...

Spider Lily Hymenocallis occidentalis / Amaryllis Family Height: 12" to 28" July 27, 2005
I had tried to find this flower in bloom for 2 years. I finally found it blooming at the Haw Ridge Greenway. I had to stand in ...

Spider Lily Hymenocallis occidentalis / Amaryllis Family Height: 12" to 28" July 27, 2005
I had tried to find this flower in bloom for 2 years. I finally found it blooming at the Haw Ridge Greenway. I had to stand in the lake up to the middle of my boots to get this picture. This is an interesting flower, it has two layers of white "petals" (see next photo). Perennial Where seen: Haw Ridge Greenway
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7 Spider lily - side view

Spider lily - side view

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8 <strong>Featherbells</strong>
<em>Stenanthium gramineum</em> /Lily Family
August 2005<br>
The leaves of this plant look like grass, as the species name alludes to. It has an unusual blooming habit of a spike above and drooping branches below. This o...

Featherbells Stenanthium gramineum /Lily Family August 2005
The leaves of this plant look like grass, as the species name alludes to. It has an unusual blooming habit of a spike above and drooping branches below. This o...

Featherbells Stenanthium gramineum /Lily Family August 2005
The leaves of this plant look like grass, as the species name alludes to. It has an unusual blooming habit of a spike above and drooping branches below. This one was blooming on Max Patch in North Carolina, not far from the Smokies. A close-up photo follows. Perennial Where seen:Piney River State Natural Area, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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9 <strong>Featherbells</strong> close-up

Featherbells close-up

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10 <b>Colicroot</b>

Colicroot

Colicroot Aletris farinosa June 29, 2013 Great Smoky Mountains NP This plant was blooming along the Gregory Bald trail. The flowers are mealy. 351
11 Colicroot

Colicroot

Colicroot I saw this Colicroot blooming along the Gregory Bald Trail in the Smokies on 6-29-13. Note the mealy flowers. 293
12 <strong>Nodding Wild Onion</strong>
<em>Allium cernuum</em> /Lily Family<br>
These flowers can be a darker pink. I found these blooming along the Haw Ridge bicycle trail in Oak Ridge in mid-July.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>:Haw Ridge Greenway, Univ...

Nodding Wild Onion Allium cernuum /Lily Family
These flowers can be a darker pink. I found these blooming along the Haw Ridge bicycle trail in Oak Ridge in mid-July. Perennial Where seen:Haw Ridge Greenway, Univ...

Nodding Wild Onion Allium cernuum /Lily Family
These flowers can be a darker pink. I found these blooming along the Haw Ridge bicycle trail in Oak Ridge in mid-July. Perennial Where seen:Haw Ridge Greenway, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Warrior's Path SP
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13 <strong>Farkelberry; Sparkleberry</strong>
<em>Vaccinium arboreum</em> /Heath Family<br>
Yes, there really is such a thing as a Farkleberry! It is a member of the Heath family, along with blueberries, azaleas, and rhododendron. The pretty little whit...

Farkelberry; Sparkleberry Vaccinium arboreum /Heath Family
Yes, there really is such a thing as a Farkleberry! It is a member of the Heath family, along with blueberries, azaleas, and rhododendron. The pretty little whit...

Farkelberry; Sparkleberry Vaccinium arboreum /Heath Family
Yes, there really is such a thing as a Farkleberry! It is a member of the Heath family, along with blueberries, azaleas, and rhododendron. The pretty little white, bell-shaped flowers form inedible berries in the fall. This beautiful butterfly is a Red-spotted Purple. This plant was blooming at the top of the Angel Falls Overlook trail at Big South Fork. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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14 <strong>Sparkleberry </strong> close-up

Sparkleberry close-up

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15 <strong>Hairy Blueberry</strong>
<em>Vaccinium hirsutum</em> /Heath Family
Height to 12"
June 26, 2005<br>
These flowers were pink, but most of the others I saw were white (this just turned out to be the best picture!). I found these plants growing...

Hairy Blueberry Vaccinium hirsutum /Heath Family Height to 12" June 26, 2005
These flowers were pink, but most of the others I saw were white (this just turned out to be the best picture!). I found these plants growing...

Hairy Blueberry Vaccinium hirsutum /Heath Family Height to 12" June 26, 2005
These flowers were pink, but most of the others I saw were white (this just turned out to be the best picture!). I found these plants growing along the Gregory Ridge Trail in the Smokies. As the species name indicates, the flowers, leaves, and berries are covered with stiff hairs. Note the developing fruits; I'm not sure if they are edible. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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16 <strong>Rosebay Rhododendron</strong>
<em>Rhododendron maximum</em> /Heath Family<br>
<em>Rhodo</em> means "rose" in Latin, <em>dendron</em> means "tree." This particular "rose-tree" has white flowers and pale pink buds. Notice the green dotted necta...

Rosebay Rhododendron Rhododendron maximum /Heath Family
Rhodo means "rose" in Latin, dendron means "tree." This particular "rose-tree" has white flowers and pale pink buds. Notice the green dotted necta...

Rosebay Rhododendron Rhododendron maximum /Heath Family
Rhodo means "rose" in Latin, dendron means "tree." This particular "rose-tree" has white flowers and pale pink buds. Notice the green dotted nectar guides on the top petals. Rosebay rhododendron flowers are white, and Catawba flowers are pink. I found this one blooming along the Twin Arches Trail in Big South Fork in late May. The toxin found in the leaves of Rhododenron is andromedotoxin, it is poisonous to all domesticated animals. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, Warriors' Path SP
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17 Rhododendron leaves curl in tightly during very cold weather. The morning I took this picture the temperature was in the mid-teens. Fortunately, it is just outside my front door, so I didn't have to go far! :)

Rhododendron leaves curl in tightly during very cold weather. The morning I took this picture the temperature was in the mid-teens. Fortunately, it is just outside my front door, so I didn't have to go far! :)

Rhododendron leaves curl in tightly during very cold weather. The morning I took this picture the temperature was in the mid-teens. Fortunately, it is just outside my front door, so I didn't have to go far! :) 1408
18 <strong>Wintergreen</strong>
<em>Gaultheria procumbens</em> /Heath Family<br>
Break a small piece of leaf, it smells like wintergreen when it is crushed. These plants are in the Heath family, they grow in the same habitat as Mountain Laurel, Rhododen...

Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens /Heath Family
Break a small piece of leaf, it smells like wintergreen when it is crushed. These plants are in the Heath family, they grow in the same habitat as Mountain Laurel, Rhododen...

Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens /Heath Family
Break a small piece of leaf, it smells like wintergreen when it is crushed. These plants are in the Heath family, they grow in the same habitat as Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, and Trailing Arbutus. They have red berries in the late fall and winter. These flowers were blooming at Piney Falls State Natural Area in June. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Piney Falls SNA
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19 <strong>Indian Pipes</strong>
<em>Monotropa uniflora</em> /Heath Family<br>
This strange wildflower is pure white and has no true leaves, thus it does not make food through photosynthesis. It is a saprophyte which breaks down dead plant material such...

Indian Pipes Monotropa uniflora /Heath Family
This strange wildflower is pure white and has no true leaves, thus it does not make food through photosynthesis. It is a saprophyte which breaks down dead plant material such...

Indian Pipes Monotropa uniflora /Heath Family
This strange wildflower is pure white and has no true leaves, thus it does not make food through photosynthesis. It is a saprophyte which breaks down dead plant material such as fallen leaves. The scientific name means "one turn, one flower." I found these flowers blooming in the Cherokee National Forest in late July. Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Pickett SP, Cherokee NF, Warriors' Path SP
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20 <strong>Spotted Wintergreen; Striped Pipsissewa</strong>
<em>Chimaphila maculata</em> /Heath Family<br>
This plant is a common woodland wildflower. I photographed it in June at the University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge.
Evergreen Perennial
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Spotted Wintergreen; Striped Pipsissewa Chimaphila maculata /Heath Family
This plant is a common woodland wildflower. I photographed it in June at the University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Evergreen Perennial ...

Spotted Wintergreen; Striped Pipsissewa Chimaphila maculata /Heath Family
This plant is a common woodland wildflower. I photographed it in June at the University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Evergreen Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Pickett SP, Cherokee NF, Warrior's Path SP
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21 <strong>Spotted Wintergreen; Pipsissewa</strong><br>close-up

Spotted Wintergreen; Pipsissewa
close-up

Spotted Wintergreen; Pipsissewa
close-up
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22 <strong>Flowering Spurge</strong>
<em>Euphorbia corollata</em> /Spurge Family<br>
This should have been the official flower of the "Womens' Lib" movement! Look closely at the flowers to see the green "superior" ovaries which are above the "petals" on...

Flowering Spurge Euphorbia corollata /Spurge Family
This should have been the official flower of the "Womens' Lib" movement! Look closely at the flowers to see the green "superior" ovaries which are above the "petals" on...

Flowering Spurge Euphorbia corollata /Spurge Family
This should have been the official flower of the "Womens' Lib" movement! Look closely at the flowers to see the green "superior" ovaries which are above the "petals" on the female flowers instead of below them. The male flowers do not have the ovary. I found this blooming in Oak Ridge in June. Euphorbia species contain phorbol esters in the sap, leaves and stems and are poisonous to sheep, horses, and cattle. Perennial Monoecious Where seen: Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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23 <strong>White Milkweed</strong>
<em>Asclepias variegata</em> /Milkweed Family<br>
Tennessee has 13 species of milkweed. They come in a variety of colors, including pink, orange, white, green, and maroon. Watch for Monarch caterpillars on milkweeds, t...

White Milkweed Asclepias variegata /Milkweed Family
Tennessee has 13 species of milkweed. They come in a variety of colors, including pink, orange, white, green, and maroon. Watch for Monarch caterpillars on milkweeds, t...

White Milkweed Asclepias variegata /Milkweed Family
Tennessee has 13 species of milkweed. They come in a variety of colors, including pink, orange, white, green, and maroon. Watch for Monarch caterpillars on milkweeds, the butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed leaves which contain a poison. Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP
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24 <strong>Poke Milkweed</strong>
<em>Asclepias exaltata</em>
Roan Mountain State Park
June 23,2007
Tennessee has 13 species of milkweeds. This the flowers of this species have long stems and the "horns" are much longer than those in other species. Th...

Poke Milkweed Asclepias exaltata Roan Mountain State Park June 23,2007 Tennessee has 13 species of milkweeds. This the flowers of this species have long stems and the "horns" are much longer than those in other species. Th...

Poke Milkweed Asclepias exaltata Roan Mountain State Park June 23,2007 Tennessee has 13 species of milkweeds. This the flowers of this species have long stems and the "horns" are much longer than those in other species. This plant was growing in the woods near the picnic area in the park. 1733
25 <strong>Poke Milkweed</strong> - close-up

Poke Milkweed - close-up

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26 <strong>Partridge Berry</strong>
<em>Mitchella repens</em> /Madder Family<br>
Partridge Berry is a common evergreen ground cover. The double ovaries of these twin flowers form a single red berry.
<u>Where seen</u>:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen He...

Partridge Berry Mitchella repens /Madder Family
Partridge Berry is a common evergreen ground cover. The double ovaries of these twin flowers form a single red berry. Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen He...

Partridge Berry Mitchella repens /Madder Family
Partridge Berry is a common evergreen ground cover. The double ovaries of these twin flowers form a single red berry. Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, Pickett SP, Cherokee NF, Piney Falls SNA, Piney River Pocket Wilderness, Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness
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27 <strong>American Ipecac; Indian Physic</strong>
<em>Porteranthus stipulatus</em> /Rose Family<br>
This plant looks similar to its close relative, Bowman's Root. The flowers have shorter petals and the leaves are different. This plant blooms during la...

American Ipecac; Indian Physic Porteranthus stipulatus /Rose Family
This plant looks similar to its close relative, Bowman's Root. The flowers have shorter petals and the leaves are different. This plant blooms during la...

American Ipecac; Indian Physic Porteranthus stipulatus /Rose Family
This plant looks similar to its close relative, Bowman's Root. The flowers have shorter petals and the leaves are different. This plant blooms during late spring and early summer. It is a member of the Rose family. Perennial Where seen: Big South Fork NRRA, Piney River Pocket Wilderness
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28 <strong>Bowman's Root</strong>
<em>Porteranthus trifoliatus</em> /Rose Family<br>
"Trifoliatus" refers to the three leaflets of the leaves.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>: Big South Fork NRRA, Piney River Pocket Wilderness, Great Smoky Mountains

Bowman's Root Porteranthus trifoliatus /Rose Family
"Trifoliatus" refers to the three leaflets of the leaves. Perennial Where seen: Big South Fork NRRA, Piney River Pocket Wilderness, Great Smoky Mountains

Bowman's Root Porteranthus trifoliatus /Rose Family
"Trifoliatus" refers to the three leaflets of the leaves. Perennial Where seen: Big South Fork NRRA, Piney River Pocket Wilderness, Great Smoky Mountains
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29 <strong>Goat's Beard</strong>
<em>Aruncus dioicus</em> /Rose Family<br>
There are hundreds of tiny white flowers on each white stalk. I found this plant blooming at Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness in Dayton, TN. "Dioicus" means that these plants have e...

Goat's Beard Aruncus dioicus /Rose Family
There are hundreds of tiny white flowers on each white stalk. I found this plant blooming at Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness in Dayton, TN. "Dioicus" means that these plants have e...

Goat's Beard Aruncus dioicus /Rose Family
There are hundreds of tiny white flowers on each white stalk. I found this plant blooming at Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness in Dayton, TN. "Dioicus" means that these plants have either female flowers or male flowers on a single plant. Perennial Dioecious Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP,Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness
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30 <strong>Mountain Ash</strong>
<em>Sorbus americana</em> / Rose Family
July 11, 2006<br>
As I was leading a hike to Charlie's Bunion high in the Smokies, I kept seeing tiny white flower petals scattered on the trail like confetti. It turns out they w...

Mountain Ash Sorbus americana / Rose Family July 11, 2006
As I was leading a hike to Charlie's Bunion high in the Smokies, I kept seeing tiny white flower petals scattered on the trail like confetti. It turns out they w...

Mountain Ash Sorbus americana / Rose Family July 11, 2006
As I was leading a hike to Charlie's Bunion high in the Smokies, I kept seeing tiny white flower petals scattered on the trail like confetti. It turns out they were from the Mountain Ash. Later in the fall, there will be beautiful bright red berries on the trees. Tree Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP Formerly known as: Pyrus americana map...
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31 <strong>Glade Sandwort</strong>
<em>Arenaria patula</em> /Pink Family<br>
The leaves of this plant are wiry and tiny. The plant grows on dry cliffs and cedar glades. These flowers were photographed on top of a cliff at Laurel - Snow Pocket Wilderness...

Glade Sandwort Arenaria patula /Pink Family
The leaves of this plant are wiry and tiny. The plant grows on dry cliffs and cedar glades. These flowers were photographed on top of a cliff at Laurel - Snow Pocket Wilderness...

Glade Sandwort Arenaria patula /Pink Family
The leaves of this plant are wiry and tiny. The plant grows on dry cliffs and cedar glades. These flowers were photographed on top of a cliff at Laurel - Snow Pocket Wilderness. Perennial Where seen:Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness
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32 <strong>Wild Hydrangea</strong>
<em>Hydrangea arborescens</em><br> 
This is lacy-flowered wild shrub a relative of the large flowered blue or pink ornamental variety which is frequently planted in yards. The large white flowers on the edge of the flo...

Wild Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens
This is lacy-flowered wild shrub a relative of the large flowered blue or pink ornamental variety which is frequently planted in yards. The large white flowers on the edge of the flo...

Wild Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens
This is lacy-flowered wild shrub a relative of the large flowered blue or pink ornamental variety which is frequently planted in yards. The large white flowers on the edge of the flower head are sterile and are used as "attention getters" to attract pollinators to the smaller fertile flowers. These flowers were blooming in Oak Ridge in mid-June. The shrub grew on such a steep slope that I had to hold a thick honeysuckle vine to keep from falling. That's one good use for honeysuckle! Perennial - Shrub Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, Norris Dam SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Oak Ridge Greenways, Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness, Big Ridge SP, Cumberland Trail
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33 <strong>Oak Leaf Hydrangea</strong>
<em>Hydrangea quercifolia</em> / Saxifrage Family
Shrub - to 6' 
June 10, 2006<br>
I saw a lot of these shrubs blooming at Norris Dam State Park. The large white flowers are sterile, they are "attention getters" ...

Oak Leaf Hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia / Saxifrage Family Shrub - to 6' June 10, 2006
I saw a lot of these shrubs blooming at Norris Dam State Park. The large white flowers are sterile, they are "attention getters" ...

Oak Leaf Hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia / Saxifrage Family Shrub - to 6' June 10, 2006
I saw a lot of these shrubs blooming at Norris Dam State Park. The large white flowers are sterile, they are "attention getters" to draw the pollinators to the smaller flowers below. Perennial Where seen: Cumberaland Mountain State Park, Norris Dam SP
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34 <strong>Basil Bee Balm</strong>
<em>Monarda clinopodia</em> /Mint Family<br>
The leaves of Bee Balms have a nice minty smell. One kind is used to flavor Earl Grey Tea. 
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Oak Ridge, Warriors' Pat...

Basil Bee Balm Monarda clinopodia /Mint Family
The leaves of Bee Balms have a nice minty smell. One kind is used to flavor Earl Grey Tea. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Oak Ridge, Warriors' Pat...

Basil Bee Balm Monarda clinopodia /Mint Family
The leaves of Bee Balms have a nice minty smell. One kind is used to flavor Earl Grey Tea. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Oak Ridge, Warriors' Path SP
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35 <strong>Wild Yam</strong>
<em>Dioscorea villosa</em> /Yam Family<br>
The flowers of this vine are small and barely noticible. The whorled, heart-shaped leaves are the most attractive feature. Look for the interesting, 3-winged fruits in the fall.

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Wild Yam Dioscorea villosa /Yam Family
The flowers of this vine are small and barely noticible. The whorled, heart-shaped leaves are the most attractive feature. Look for the interesting, 3-winged fruits in the fall. ...

Wild Yam Dioscorea villosa /Yam Family
The flowers of this vine are small and barely noticible. The whorled, heart-shaped leaves are the most attractive feature. Look for the interesting, 3-winged fruits in the fall. I call this vine the "Birth Control Pill Vine." It is related to the Mexican Yam, which was the source of the original steriods used in early birth control pills. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, Oak Ridge Greenways, Norris Dam SP
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36 <strong>Wild Yam</strong> Close-up

Wild Yam Close-up

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37 <strong>Black Cohosh; Bugbane - Whole plant</strong>
<em>Cimicifuga racemosa</em> /Buttercup Family<br>
The common name "Bugbane" implies that the flowers repel insects, however the flowers are usually covered with bees, beetles, and other insects. T...

Black Cohosh; Bugbane - Whole plant Cimicifuga racemosa /Buttercup Family
The common name "Bugbane" implies that the flowers repel insects, however the flowers are usually covered with bees, beetles, and other insects. T...

Black Cohosh; Bugbane - Whole plant Cimicifuga racemosa /Buttercup Family
The common name "Bugbane" implies that the flowers repel insects, however the flowers are usually covered with bees, beetles, and other insects. The flowers don't smell very nice. This plant has estrogenic compounds, it was once used in Lydia Pinkham's Female Disorder Medicine
to treat "female problems." Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Oak Ridge Greenways, Haw Ridge Greenway, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, Cumberland Trail
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38 <strong>Black Cohosh; Bugbane - Close-up of individual flowers</strong>
<em>Cimicifuga racemosa</em><br>
Bugbane is in the Buttercup family.

Black Cohosh; Bugbane - Close-up of individual flowers Cimicifuga racemosa
Bugbane is in the Buttercup family.

Black Cohosh; Bugbane - Close-up of individual flowers Cimicifuga racemosa
Bugbane is in the Buttercup family.
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39 <strong>Tassel Rue</strong><br>Whole Plant
<em>Trautvetteria caroliniensis</em> /Buttercup Family<br>
I found these flowers blooming at the base of Piney Falls in Grandview during mid-July. The basal (lower) leaves of this plant are quite large. The ...

Tassel Rue
Whole Plant Trautvetteria caroliniensis /Buttercup Family
I found these flowers blooming at the base of Piney Falls in Grandview during mid-July. The basal (lower) leaves of this plant are quite large. The ...

Tassel Rue
Whole Plant Trautvetteria caroliniensis /Buttercup Family
I found these flowers blooming at the base of Piney Falls in Grandview during mid-July. The basal (lower) leaves of this plant are quite large. The flowers look much like those of Black Cohosh. A close-up picture follows. Perennial Where seen:Piney Falls SNA, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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40 <strong>Tassel Rue</strong><br> Close-up of flowers

Tassel Rue
Close-up of flowers

Tassel Rue
Close-up of flowers
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41 <strong>Tall Meadow-rue</strong>
<em>Thalictrum pubescens</em> /Buttercup Family<br>
I found this plant blooming along a trail at Newfound Gap in the Smokies. The wind was blowing quite steadily when I took the picture. A man saw me aiming my camera ...

Tall Meadow-rue Thalictrum pubescens /Buttercup Family
I found this plant blooming along a trail at Newfound Gap in the Smokies. The wind was blowing quite steadily when I took the picture. A man saw me aiming my camera ...

Tall Meadow-rue Thalictrum pubescens /Buttercup Family
I found this plant blooming along a trail at Newfound Gap in the Smokies. The wind was blowing quite steadily when I took the picture. A man saw me aiming my camera and he asked what I was taking a picture of. When I answered, "That flower," he said, with a bit of disgust, "God Almighty, I thought you was takin' a picture of a 'bar'(bear)!" I didn't even try to explain about my website, I knew he wouldn't get it! :) Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP, Oak Ridge Formerly known as: Thalictrum polygamum (story)
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42 <strong>Tall Meadow-rue</strong> close-up and not moving!

Tall Meadow-rue close-up and not moving!

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43 <strong>Maple-leaf Alumroot</strong>
<em>Heuchera villosa</em> /Saxifrage Family<br>
Alumroots like to grow on rock ledges. I found this blooming on the Cumberland Plateau in July. 
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>:Big South Fork NRRA, Piney River SNA, ...

Maple-leaf Alumroot Heuchera villosa /Saxifrage Family
Alumroots like to grow on rock ledges. I found this blooming on the Cumberland Plateau in July. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Piney River SNA, ...

Maple-leaf Alumroot Heuchera villosa /Saxifrage Family
Alumroots like to grow on rock ledges. I found this blooming on the Cumberland Plateau in July. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Piney River SNA, Piney Falls Pocket Wilderness, Pickett SP , Great Smoky Mountains NP
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44 <strong>Small-flowered Alumroot</strong>
<em>Heuchera parviflora</em> /Saxifrage Family<br>
The rock cliffs below Piney Falls in Grandview were covered with these plants and their tiny white flowers. They were blooming in July. 
Perennial
<u>Where ...

Small-flowered Alumroot Heuchera parviflora /Saxifrage Family
The rock cliffs below Piney Falls in Grandview were covered with these plants and their tiny white flowers. They were blooming in July. Perennial Where ...

Small-flowered Alumroot Heuchera parviflora /Saxifrage Family
The rock cliffs below Piney Falls in Grandview were covered with these plants and their tiny white flowers. They were blooming in July. Perennial Where seen:Piney River SNA, Piney Falls Pocket Wilderness, Pickett SP
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45 <strong>Small-flowered Alumroot</strong> close-up
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Small-flowered Alumroot close-up

Small-flowered Alumroot close-up
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46 <strong>Small Enchanter's Nightshade</strong>
<em>Circaea alpina</em> /Evening Primrose Family<br>
These small plants are easy to overlook along the trail. They are not in the Nightshade family as the name implies, it is in the Evening Primrose famil...

Small Enchanter's Nightshade Circaea alpina /Evening Primrose Family
These small plants are easy to overlook along the trail. They are not in the Nightshade family as the name implies, it is in the Evening Primrose famil...

Small Enchanter's Nightshade Circaea alpina /Evening Primrose Family
These small plants are easy to overlook along the trail. They are not in the Nightshade family as the name implies, it is in the Evening Primrose family. I photographed these flowers in July on the Andrews Bald Trail in the Smokies. Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP
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47 <strong>Virginia Knotweed; Jumpseed</strong> whole plant
<em>Polygonum virginianum</em><br>
This plant is sometimes called "Jumpseed" because of the way the seeds stick up from the stem. I found these blooming in the Smokies in mid-July. The former g...

Virginia Knotweed; Jumpseed whole plant Polygonum virginianum
This plant is sometimes called "Jumpseed" because of the way the seeds stick up from the stem. I found these blooming in the Smokies in mid-July. The former g...

Virginia Knotweed; Jumpseed whole plant Polygonum virginianum
This plant is sometimes called "Jumpseed" because of the way the seeds stick up from the stem. I found these blooming in the Smokies in mid-July. The former genus name was Tovara. Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Oak Ridge Greenways, Frozen Head Formerly known as: Tovara virginianum
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48 <strong>Virginia Knotweed; Jumpseed</strong> close-up
<em>Polygonum virginianum</em> /Smartweed (Buckwheat) Family<br>

Virginia Knotweed; Jumpseed close-up Polygonum virginianum /Smartweed (Buckwheat) Family

Virginia Knotweed; Jumpseed close-up Polygonum virginianum /Smartweed (Buckwheat) Family
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49 <strong>Downy Rattlesnake-Plantain</strong>
<em>Goodyera pubescens</em> /Orchid Family<br>
The name "Plantain" can apply to many different types of flowers, in this case it is an orchid. These flowers bloom in July. I found this one in Oak Ridge near...

Downy Rattlesnake-Plantain Goodyera pubescens /Orchid Family
The name "Plantain" can apply to many different types of flowers, in this case it is an orchid. These flowers bloom in July. I found this one in Oak Ridge near...

Downy Rattlesnake-Plantain Goodyera pubescens /Orchid Family
The name "Plantain" can apply to many different types of flowers, in this case it is an orchid. These flowers bloom in July. I found this one in Oak Ridge near Clark Center Park. Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, Piney River Pocket Wilderness, Norris Dam SP, Warrior's Path SP, Oak Ridge Greenways
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50 <strong>Downy Rattlesnake-Plantain</strong> close-up
<em>Goodyera pubescens</em><br>
The little flowers are quite pretty upon close inspection. The plants often grow in a cluster or in a row.

Downy Rattlesnake-Plantain close-up Goodyera pubescens
The little flowers are quite pretty upon close inspection. The plants often grow in a cluster or in a row.

Downy Rattlesnake-Plantain close-up Goodyera pubescens
The little flowers are quite pretty upon close inspection. The plants often grow in a cluster or in a row.
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51 <strong>Club-spur Orchid</strong>
<em>Platanthera clavellata</em> /Orchid Family
Height 4 to 16"
July 31, 2005<br>
This plant was blooming along the trail to the Little Greenbriar School in the Smokies. I have been trying to find orchids this year,...

Club-spur Orchid Platanthera clavellata /Orchid Family Height 4 to 16" July 31, 2005
This plant was blooming along the trail to the Little Greenbriar School in the Smokies. I have been trying to find orchids this year,...

Club-spur Orchid Platanthera clavellata /Orchid Family Height 4 to 16" July 31, 2005
This plant was blooming along the trail to the Little Greenbriar School in the Smokies. I have been trying to find orchids this year, so it was an exciting find! This plant has just one long leaf low on its' slender stem. I look for patterns of leaves when I'm hiking, I noticed the leaf on the stem before I saw the flowers. This is not a great picture because it was taken in low light at a bad angle. Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP
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52 <strong>Club-spur Orchid</strong>

Club-spur Orchid

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53 <strong>Helleborine Orchid</strong> plant
<em>Epipactis helleborine*</em> / Orchid family
Great Smoky Mountains NP
July 11, 2007
I was surprised to see this orchid blooming in the Smokies since I had only seen it in western Massachusetts previously...

Helleborine Orchid plant Epipactis helleborine* / Orchid family Great Smoky Mountains NP July 11, 2007 I was surprised to see this orchid blooming in the Smokies since I had only seen it in western Massachusetts previously...

Helleborine Orchid plant Epipactis helleborine* / Orchid family Great Smoky Mountains NP July 11, 2007 I was surprised to see this orchid blooming in the Smokies since I had only seen it in western Massachusetts previously. It is a European import, that according to my Native Orchids of the Southern Appalachian Mountains book, grows only in the Smokies in Tennessee. Following photo shows close-up of flowers. 1824
54 Close-up of Helleborine Orchid

Close-up of Helleborine Orchid

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55 <strong>Summer-Sweet; Sweet Pepperbush</strong>
<em>Clethra acuminata</em> /Clethraceae<br>
This plant is common in the Smokies in July. The insects had feasted on the leaves of this bush!
Perennial - Shrub
<u>Where seen</u>:Great Smoky Mountains NP

Summer-Sweet; Sweet Pepperbush Clethra acuminata /Clethraceae
This plant is common in the Smokies in July. The insects had feasted on the leaves of this bush! Perennial - Shrub Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP

Summer-Sweet; Sweet Pepperbush Clethra acuminata /Clethraceae
This plant is common in the Smokies in July. The insects had feasted on the leaves of this bush! Perennial - Shrub Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP
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56 <strong>Northern Wood Sorrel</strong>
<em>Oxalis montana</em> /Wood Sorrel Family<br>
I found this beautiful flower blooming in July along the Andrews Bald Trail high in the Smokies. The species name refers to the mountains, not the state of Montana....

Northern Wood Sorrel Oxalis montana /Wood Sorrel Family
I found this beautiful flower blooming in July along the Andrews Bald Trail high in the Smokies. The species name refers to the mountains, not the state of Montana....

Northern Wood Sorrel Oxalis montana /Wood Sorrel Family
I found this beautiful flower blooming in July along the Andrews Bald Trail high in the Smokies. The species name refers to the mountains, not the state of Montana. Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP {Also known as: Oxalis acetosella} map...
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57 <strong>Wood Nettle</strong>
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span>
<span style="color: orange;">Caution! - Stinging Hairs</span>
<em>Laportea canadensis</em> /Nettle Family<br>
This is a monoecious plant; notice the greenish female flowers at t...

Wood Nettle Aquatic Caution! - Stinging Hairs Laportea canadensis /Nettle Family
This is a monoecious plant; notice the greenish female flowers at t...

Wood Nettle Aquatic Caution! - Stinging Hairs Laportea canadensis /Nettle Family
This is a monoecious plant; notice the greenish female flowers at the end of the stem and the cream-colored male flowers blooming lower on the stem. Wood Nettle likes damp areas, look for it near streams and low, wet areas. Caution: like its infamous relative, the Stinging Nettle, it has sharp spines. Look at this plant, but don't touch! Look for it in July. Perennial Monoecious Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP, Oak Ridge Greenways
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58 <strong>Wild Sarsaparilla</strong>
<em>Aralia nudicaulis</em> /Ginseng Family<br>
This was plant #1500 on my life-list! I found it while hiking on the Piney River trail in late July.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>:Piney River Pocket Wilderness, Great ...

Wild Sarsaparilla Aralia nudicaulis /Ginseng Family
This was plant #1500 on my life-list! I found it while hiking on the Piney River trail in late July. Perennial Where seen:Piney River Pocket Wilderness, Great ...

Wild Sarsaparilla Aralia nudicaulis /Ginseng Family
This was plant #1500 on my life-list! I found it while hiking on the Piney River trail in late July. Perennial Where seen:Piney River Pocket Wilderness, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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59 <strong>Hog-Peanut</strong>
<em>Amphicarpa bracteata</em> /Pea Family<br>
This weakly-vining plant is in the Pea Family.
Annual
<u>Where seen</u>: Big Ridge SP, Oak Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warri...

Hog-Peanut Amphicarpa bracteata /Pea Family
This weakly-vining plant is in the Pea Family. Annual Where seen: Big Ridge SP, Oak Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warri...

Hog-Peanut Amphicarpa bracteata /Pea Family
This weakly-vining plant is in the Pea Family. Annual Where seen: Big Ridge SP, Oak Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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60 <strong>Hog-Peanut</strong> close-up

Hog-Peanut close-up

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61 <strong>Starry Campion</strong>
<em>Silene stellata</em> / Pink Family<br>
The fringed petals of this flower are interesting! I found these flowers blooming along the Angel Falls Overlook trail in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in ...

Starry Campion Silene stellata / Pink Family
The fringed petals of this flower are interesting! I found these flowers blooming along the Angel Falls Overlook trail in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in ...

Starry Campion Silene stellata / Pink Family
The fringed petals of this flower are interesting! I found these flowers blooming along the Angel Falls Overlook trail in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in mid-August. It has whorled leaves in groups of 4's. The plant is in the Pink Family. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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62 <strong>Fox Grape; Frost Grape</strong>
<em>Vitis vulpina</em> / Vitaceae<br>
<em>Vulpina</em> means "Fox." These flowers will become small purple grapes in the fall if this Soldier Beetle is successful in pollinating them. The fruits are an importan...

Fox Grape; Frost Grape Vitis vulpina / Vitaceae
Vulpina means "Fox." These flowers will become small purple grapes in the fall if this Soldier Beetle is successful in pollinating them. The fruits are an importan...

Fox Grape; Frost Grape Vitis vulpina / Vitaceae
Vulpina means "Fox." These flowers will become small purple grapes in the fall if this Soldier Beetle is successful in pollinating them. The fruits are an important food source for many woodland animals, including foxes! I found this one blooming at the Three Bends Scenic Wildlife Area in Oak Ridge in early June. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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63 <strong>Fox Grape</strong><br> Close-up

Fox Grape
Close-up

Fox Grape
Close-up
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64 <strong>Mountain Camillia; Mountain Stewertia</strong>
<em>Stewertia ovata</em> /Tea Family
Height 20'
June 23, 2005<br>
I was thrilled to find this beautiful tree in bloom at Big South Fork NRRA, it was right next to the road in a place I could sa...

Mountain Camillia; Mountain Stewertia Stewertia ovata /Tea Family Height 20' June 23, 2005
I was thrilled to find this beautiful tree in bloom at Big South Fork NRRA, it was right next to the road in a place I could sa...

Mountain Camillia; Mountain Stewertia Stewertia ovata /Tea Family Height 20' June 23, 2005
I was thrilled to find this beautiful tree in bloom at Big South Fork NRRA, it was right next to the road in a place I could safely photograph it! Mountain Camillia has a very short blooming period and it is not a very common tree, so I was lucky to see it! Perennial - tree Where seen: Big South Fork NRRA
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65 <strong>Cow Wheat</strong>
<em>Melampyrum lineare</em> /Snapdragon Family
Height to 16"
June 26, 2005<br>
This little yellow and white flower is only 1/4" to 1/2" long, so it is easy to miss as you hike through the forest in the summertime. I found...

Cow Wheat Melampyrum lineare /Snapdragon Family Height to 16" June 26, 2005
This little yellow and white flower is only 1/4" to 1/2" long, so it is easy to miss as you hike through the forest in the summertime. I found...

Cow Wheat Melampyrum lineare /Snapdragon Family Height to 16" June 26, 2005
This little yellow and white flower is only 1/4" to 1/2" long, so it is easy to miss as you hike through the forest in the summertime. I found this one blooming along the Gregory's Ridge trail in the Smokies. Annual Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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66 <strong>Long-leafed Bluet</strong>
<em>Hedyotis longilolia</em> / Madder Family
Height: 12" 
July 27, 2005<br>
I found this plant blooming at Haw Ridge when I was on my quest to find the Spider Lily. It was growing between the rocks on one of the m...

Long-leafed Bluet Hedyotis longilolia / Madder Family Height: 12" July 27, 2005
I found this plant blooming at Haw Ridge when I was on my quest to find the Spider Lily. It was growing between the rocks on one of the m...

Long-leafed Bluet Hedyotis longilolia / Madder Family Height: 12" July 27, 2005
I found this plant blooming at Haw Ridge when I was on my quest to find the Spider Lily. It was growing between the rocks on one of the mountain bike trails. Perennial Where seen: Haw Ridge Greenway
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