|"FAMEFLOWER" I used a Nikon D300s with a 28-80mm zoom lens at 80mm on macro. The settings were f18, 1/1250, ISO 3200.|
By Carl Boast
On a recent outing to Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve with DCR Mountain Region Steward, Ryan Klopf, we encountered this Piedmont Fameflower (Phemeranthus piedmontanus). This rare wildflower can only be seen in two locations in Virginia and is dependent on open, sunny conditions which can be promoted with prescribed burns (note the charred wood in the top of the photo). The flowers open in the afternoon for a few hours only.
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The name comes from the saying "Fame is fleeting", and this flower is also known as "Flower-for-an-hour" by some. There are only two places in the Commonwealth they are found, Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve in Rocky Mount and Bald Knob (also in Rocky Mount) and in Fredericksburg VA.
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