Little Brown Jugs
Hexastylis arifolia /Birthwort Family
April 10, 2005
The fleshy little brown flowers have an odor that attracts fungus gnats as their pollinators. Ants spread the ripened seeds in the fall. The seeds have a sticky coating that ants like to eat. The evergreen leaves have a very spicy, sassafras-like aroma, pinch a tiny piece off and sniff it. I photographed these on the Piney River Trail in Spring City in April.
Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Piney River Trail, Oak Ridge Greenways, Haw Ridge Greenway, Warriors' Path SP