Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park (plant defenses)

The theme of this story and stroll at Tyron Creek State Park on August 31st was plant defenses, and lacking any storybooks about that topic, Ranger Cristal had the kids make a plant journal and collect specimens for it while on the stroll (pics).

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Patrick got to wear the Stinging Nettle specimen:

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Matching the Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), which we learned its irritation can be relieved by rubbing on oneself the spores (underside) of a sword fern (Polystichum munitum):

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

The Western Redcedar (Thuja plicata) has thujaplicins and lignans that act as a defense against fungi and bacteria, keeping Red Cedar stumps around for a long time, hence this funny illustration the ranger had in her bag:

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park

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