In May, we spent a weekend around the Big Thicket, the same weekend we went to the Solo Tract. There will be several posts from this weekend as I divvy them up and share here. On Saturday evening before we went to the Watson Preserve to do some mothing, we stopped in at the Big Thicket Pitcher Plant bog to eat dinner, drive-thru Whataburger. I don’t think I had been to the bog in the early evening before so it was nice seeing it in a different light, literally.
Sarracenia alata, yellow pitcher plants in the Big Thicket’s Pitcher Plant Bog
We drove the backroads to get to Watson, driving slowly to see what we could find and we found this lovely milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior, tucked into the side of the road. It looks like Weakley changed this in his recent Flora of the SE US to Asclepias tuberosa var. cordata, reverting back to an older name when it was originally described. All of the name changes from his work have been frustrating and only some have caught on. iNaturalist hasn’t caught this one yet.
Overall it was a good, short trip. I definitely recommend visiting in the evening if you don’t normally go during that time period. A lot of different sights and sounds to experience.