All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Large-leaf Waterleaf</strong>
<em>Hydrophyllum macrophyllum</em> / Waterleaf Family<br>
I couldn't believe what it took to get a picture of this flower! I had tried for 3 weeks in a row to find it in bloom. Each trip involved going about 1/2-...
Large-leaf Waterleaf
Hydrophyllum macrophyllum / Waterleaf Family

I couldn't believe what it took to get a picture of this flower! I had tried for 3 weeks in a row to find it in bloom. Each trip involved going about 1/2-mile (one way)along the Wildflower Greenway trail in Oak Ridge. Hiking 1/2-mile is not difficult, but this trail has several large trees that have fallen over it which involves a lot of crawling under or climbing over 9 branches and trunks. There is also a lot of mud to walk through on the trail and a creek to cross. When I finally found the flowers blooming, I was dismayed to see that some insect had eaten the leaves off all the plants! My legs were itching from wood nettles and mosquito bites, then I started feeling raindrops and hearing thunder, so I had to head back dissatisfied because I wasn't happy with my pictures. When I went to cross back over the creek, I suddenly noticed a group of the flowers with the leaves intact! My "mission" was finally accomplished!
Perennial
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Big South Fork NRRA, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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