Thursday, May 10, 2012
Nancy Raskin on Singecat Ridge. The plant in the lower right corner of the picture is hudsonia montana (a.k.a. Mountain Heather), the rare flowering plant that Nancy's mother, Carol Henry, discovered in this spot years ago. The plant was officially listed as growing only in Linville Gorge, so Carol's discovery was met with skepticism when presented to experts on North Carolina botany. She finally made the great Don McLeod hike out there with her, and he conceded that she had made a surprising and unlikely botanical find.