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What May be Limiting Reproduction and Viability of Mead’s Milkweed?

Missouri Botanical Garden Provided by Christy Edwards and Matthew Albrecht Missouri Botanical Garden is conducting a research project with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) on the species Mead’s milkweed (Asclepias meadii). This species is endemic to tallgrass prairies and listed as federally threatened on the Endangered Species Act. It is [...]

By | 2018-06-20T17:38:35+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

Central Grassland Research

Lauritzen Botanic Gardens (Provided by Jim Locklear) Lauritzen Gardens has focused on the Central Grassland of North America and has been engaged in prairie work on several fronts. Three current projects are: Endemic Plants of the Central Grassland of North America, Sandsage Prairie Initiative, and Blowout Penstemon [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:14:37+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

Prairie Plant Species Research

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) (Provided by David Remucal) The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum safeguards nine species in the CPC National Collection. Three of these species, Cypripedium candidum, Platanthera praeclara, and Besseya bullii, are prairie species. The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:28:52+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

Experimental Prairie

The Morton Arboretum (Provided by Cathy Bechtoldt and Andrew Hipp) Ecological restoration is a critical component of conservation. Unfortunately, restored sites often fall short of common restoration goals such as maintenance of biodiversity over time, increased ecosystem function, and resistance to invasion by exotic weeds. The goal of this project [...]

By | 2018-06-26T17:28:39+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

June Announcements, Employment and Events

Announcements Dr. Peter Raven awarded the National Geographic Hubbard Medal. Each year, National Geographic awards the Hubbard Medal to recognize “lifetime achievement in research, discovery, and exploration.” This year, the Hubbard Medal was awarded to Dr. Peter H. Raven for his work as a botanist and for his work as a conservation advocate. Learn [...]

By | 2018-06-18T16:50:17+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

What’s New for North America’s Rarest Conifer

Atlanta Botanical Garden “What’s new for Torreya taxifolia, North America’s rarest conifer?” Emily Coffey, PhD, Ron Determann, Rebecca Byrd, and Carrie Radcliffe One of the rarest conifers in the world is the Florida Torreya (Torreya taxifolia). It is endemic to northwest Florida and extreme southwest Georgia. A catastrophic decline in [...]

By | 2018-06-15T21:07:24+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

A Weed or Not a Weed, That is The Question

Test your skills: determine which plants are considered weeds or invasives and which are rare plants. (The answers are at the end of the newsletter.) Answers to plant quiz above:  1. Houston Camphor daisy (Rare),  2. Ox-Eye Daisy with monarch butterfly (Weed),  3. Two-Spike Crabgrass (Rare),  4. [...]

By | 2018-06-15T21:07:25+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

To Be, or Not to Be, a Weed

This month we are looking at plants that are endangered but could be mistaken for “weeds.” Both appearance and/or behavior can account for misconceptions and perceptions. What happens when there are plants that display weed-like characteristics, yet aren’t weeds? What happens when those plants are also endangered? How do we address the perception [...]

By | 2018-08-27T21:22:36+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

What is Darwin’s “Abominable Mystery?”

A problem that Charles Darwin called an “abominable mystery” was to determine how flowering plants became dominant so rapidly in ecosystems across the world. Darwin wrote to Joseph Hooker in 1879 that “the rapid development as far as we can judge of all the higher plants within recent geological times is an abominable mystery.” [...]

By | 2018-05-18T20:53:23+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

Who’s Your Pollinator?

Seana Walsh, National Tropical Botanical Garden Rappelling down cliffs on Kauai, sometimes suspended a thousand feet above the Pacific Ocean, botanists hand pollinated the critically endangered Hawaiian flowering plant, Brighamia insignis (Alula) in an attempt to save them now that its native pollinator is all but extinct. There had been speculation that the natural [...]

By | 2018-05-18T20:57:57+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments