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Seed Collection in a Land of Extremes | Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Contributions and photos from Cheryl Birker, Naomi Fraga, and Duncan Bell Cheryl Birker examines the lowest point in the U.S. from atop Telescope Peak in the Panamint Range. People thought Cheryl Birker must be crazy when she told them she was going to be doing a 14-mile hike in Death [...]

By | 2018-07-23T17:58:42+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

Beyond the Islet – Integrated Conservation in Hawaii | National Tropical Botanic Garden

Contributions from Kenneth R. Wood, Michael DeMotta, and Seana Walsh, and photos from Kenneth R. Wood On a small rocky island, or more accurately, an islet, jutting up off the shore of Moloka’I, eight dwarf Naupaka (Scaevola coriacea) plants cluster together at the very top. It is the second largest population of this [...]

By | 2018-07-23T17:48:34+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

Prairie Facts

PHOTO: Meads milkweed In North America, you can find tallgrass prairie, mixed-grass prairie, or shortgrass prairie. Tallgrass: Its main feature is tall grasses, such as indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). Mixed-grass: A transition area between tallgrass prairies and shortgrass prairies. Shortgrass: The two [...]

By | 2018-08-24T20:02:23+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Featured Article|0 Comments

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