The following is Dr. Gaddy's Spring of 1998 Report, along with a number of other plants that we have found since. We have added to this list over the years with assistance from the South Carolina Association of Naturalists and frequent visitors. All told, we have documented more than 300 species and expect the total number could be closer to 400 than the original "low 200's" we expected years ago. Some of the genus names have changed over the years, and we have tried to eliminate duplications (but if you find one, let us know). To see images of plants in our inventory,go to our Flower Gallery.
Foreward to Dr. Gaddy's 1998 Preliminary Inventory Memorial Ecosystems' Ramsey Creek property is rich and diverse Piedmont site. A preliminary inventory of the vascular plants of this tract indicates that over 130 plant species, including over 30 tree species, are present here. Two state-listed plants—rough sedge (Carex scabrata) and tripartite violet (Viola tripartita)—and two species uncommon in South Carolina—crested coral root (Hexalectris spicata ) and Biltmore carrion flower (Smilax biltmoreana)—are found on the property. Fraser magnolia (Magnolia fraseri) and deer-tongue laurel (Rhododendron minus), both normally found in the mountains of South Carolina , and storax (Styrax grandifolia) and chalk maple (Acer leucoderme), which are uncommon outside of the Brevard Belt, are also found on the tract. The following preliminary list of vascular plants is based on field work conducted on site in the spring of 1998.
Keys Scientific name is given first, followed by common name in parentheses. The number after the name indicates the plant community habitat in which the plant occurs on the tract.
Those species Ramsey Creek staff added since Doctor Gaddy's report, and not yet verified by him will be noted with a ** after the number.
When we add appropriate introductions in the restoration areas, they will be noted with a "!" sign.
We do include some plants that we wish were not in the preserve, including Asian honeysuckle and privet, and will indicate such non-native escapes with a @.
Acer floridanum (southern sugar maple) 3!!
Acer leucoderme (chalk maple) 3
Acer rubrum (red maple) 2,3
Albizia julibrissin (mimosa-very invasive)@!!
Amelanchier laevis (serviceberry) 1,2
Amelanchier arborea (downy serviceberry) 1,2!!
Betula nigra (river birch) 4
Carpinus caroliniana (ironwood) 3,4
Carya glabra (pignut hickory) 3
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory) 2,3
Castanea dentata (F1-hybrid American Chestnut with European) 3 ** !
Castanea dentata (American Chestnut-sprouts)3,4
Cercis canadensis (redbud) 3
Chioanathus virginicus (fringe tree) 3**
Cornus alternifolia (alternate-leaved dogwood) 3
Cornus florida (dogwood) 2,3
Diospyros virginiana (persimmon) 2,3,4
Fagus grandifolia (American beech) 3,4
Fraxinus americana (white ash) 3
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust) 6**!!
Halesia carolina (silverbell) 3,4
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel-large shrub or small tree) 3,4**
Vernonia noveboracensis (Ironweed)2,4,6 !!** especially damp areas
Vicia caroliniana ( Carolina vetch) 3
Viola palmata (palmate-leaved violet) 3
Viola pedata (bird's-foot violet) 1,2
Viola sororia (common violet) 3,4
Viola tripartita (tripartite violet) 3
Vitis rotundifolia (muscadine) 4
Vitais (sp) (fox grape vs possum grape) 3,4
Yucca filamentosa (hairy yucca) 1,2
“Fear no more the heat o’ th’ sun, Nor the furious winter’s rages, Thou thy wordly task hast done, Home art gone and ta’en thy wages. Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney sweepers, come to dust.” —Cymbelin