Monday, November 22, 2010
On our Hitchiti trip we came across "wild ginger". It had thick almost waxy leaves with white spots all over its surface and it smelled like something in a febreeze or glade bottle :) As we traveled along the trail while other plants disappeared the "wild ginger" could consistently be found throughout the trail.
Southern Pine Beetle
The Southern Pine Beetle is not much bigger than an eye gnat. It has been attacking and killing all species of southern yellow pine trees in Georgia including white pine. The beetles construct winding S-shaped egg galleries underneath the bark which effectively
girdle the tree and destroy the conductive tissues that transport food throughout the tree. Furthermore, the beetles carry bluestaining
fungi on their bodies that clog the water conductive tissues (wood) that transport water within the tree. Ultimately these things have resulted in the devastation of pine tree species in Georgia forests.