Savannah River Site (S.C.) Stop 4 - Steel Creek Area - Episode 6


A boardwalk takes Rudy and Jim from the hardwood area of the previous stop into a swamp forest. Here, Bald Cypress trees and Tupelo trees dominate. Lizard Tail, commonly found in this area, gets its name from the distinctively shaped flowers. Nyssa Aquatica, which is in the same genus as Blackgum trees, is a perfect name for this tree since it grows up from out of the water. Water willow is a small herbaceous plant, along with Parrot feather, thrive in moist, open areas.  

Nearby, Rudy and Jim spot a Seminole Crescent butterfly. This butterfly, also called the Texas Crescent, is argued by some to be its own species of butterfly.

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