While on the Banister cliffs and sitting on a rock ledge, I noticed a splotch of white on a nearby ledge. As is usual with amateur naturalists, I took a look at the distant color. Much to my surprise, it turned out that here was a species new to my list of local wildflowers.
Dr. Gwynn Ramsey of Lynchburg College later identified the specimen as Anemone berlandierii, which turned out to be a new record among the Virginia flora. I had sent Dr. Ramsey two pressed specimens of the anemone, since there were several hundred plants within the cliff area.
Later Dr. A. M. Harvill Jr. of Longwood College entered the species to their list of Virginia species. It was classed as a disjunct species.
My color slides were dated March 1977.
(See also this photograph in larger format, and further information about Berland's Anemone.)
Copyright © 2007 William T. Hathaway.