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!
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Big South Fork NRRA, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP