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Viola eriocarpa

2019-05-01 Botany Bill Journal

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Viola cucullata – Marsh Violet

2019-05-01 Botany Bill Journal

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Viola affinis – Sand Violet

2019-05-01 Botany Bill Journal

Viola affinis or Sand Violet is an acaulescent violet found in the eastern part of North America from Quebec and Ontario in the south and Florida to Texas in the south. (Acaulescent means the flower rises from a non-leafy stem.) On the Patuxent Research Refuge, it is seen in wet sandy areas usually near seepages.

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Spotlight on Christine McElroy

2019-04-19 Botany Bill Journal

As the lead of the refuge plant inventory project, I would like to formally acknowledge the important contribution that Christine McElroy has made and is making with restoring voucher specimens in the Patuxent Research Refuge Herbarium. The positive impact of her work cannot be overstated. Christine has faithfully come to the North Tract Visitors Contact […]

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2018 Plant Inventory Progress Report – A Banner Year

2019-04-11 Botany Bill Journal

2018 was a banner year for the Patuxent Research Refuge (PRR) Plant Inventory Project (PIP) Team. The biggest event was the digital-imaging of about 4600 Refuge herbarium voucher sheets by the team. The PIP team appreciates Professor Maile Neel, Director of the Norton-Brown Herbarium, University of Maryland for her guidance and assistance in providing the […]

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17 February 2019 – Palmettos in Myrtle Beach

2019-02-17 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

Today, my wife Becky and I paid a short visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Visitors to Myrtle Beach can’t help but notice the Palmettos planted around the city and other cities in the area. Here are some photos of a few of these trees. As far as I can determine, their scientific name is […]

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16 February 2019 – My first encounter with Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)

2019-02-16 Botany Bill Journal

Today I had my first encounter with Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides). We saw it growing on trees throughout Florence, South Carolina. Spanish moss frequently grows on trees in tropical and subtropical regions. Around Florence at least, they seem to be partial to the Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana). It is native to much of the […]

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8 October 2018 – Washington County Cactus Foray

2018-10-10 Botany Bill Journal

Today, Joe Metzger and I went on a foray to locate two populations of cactus in Washington County, Maryland.     The first one was a reported population of Opuntia cespitosa in Kemps Mills where Clyde Reed collected a voucher specimen in June 1952. We drove the entire length of Kemps Mill Road and did […]

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25 August 2018 – Finding Cactus at Weinberg Park

2018-08-25 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

Had an awesome time with Rangers Matt Grey and Chris Winton of Anne Arundel County Park and Recreation this afternoon scouting out the cactus at Weinberg Park in Pasadena. The site was near an old homestead. We could see two stone columns which could have come from a gate entrance. I understand that there is […]

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22 August 2018 – Maryland Cactus Sites

2018-08-22 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

This is a working draft list of locations where cactus has been found in Maryland, excluding the Eastern Shore. (Eastern Shore sites may be added later.) If you know of a location not listed here, let me know at botanybill (at) verizon.net and I will put it on the list. Also if you would like […]

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13 August 2018 – Queen Anne Canoe Launch

2018-08-13 Botany Bill Journal

Had an awesome time today with Michael Ellis, park ranger and invasive plant specialist for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation. We visited two sites where prickly pear was growing.   FIRST SITE – The first site was an open meadow near the Queen Anne Canoe Launch Patuxent River Park. The […]

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11 August 2018 – Cactus in Elkridge

2018-08-11 Botany Bill Journal

On the way home from Glen Arm, Maryland this morning, I stopped off at a location here in Elkridge where someone planted some prickly pear cactus evidently many years ago next to a parking lot.  The plants key out to Opuntia humifusa sensu stricto.

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11 August 2018 – Cactus on Factory Road

2018-08-11 Botany Bill Journal

This morning I attempted re-visit a site where Clyde Reed collected some cactus in 1981 which has been determined by Opuntia expert Lucas Majure to be Opuntia cespitosa. The site was on Factory Road in Glen Arm, Maryland (Click here for Reed’s record.). The voucher label described the site as an stone outcrop. Although I […]

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7 August 2018 – Cactus Foraying near Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

2018-08-07 Botany Bill Journal

After learning about some cacti located south of Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, David Anderson, Matthew Beziat, and I went on a foray to see if we could locate them. We found the cactus on a south facing slope beside Nottingham Road adjacent to a farm.  The presence of spines and three or four areoles per diagonal […]

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3 August 2018 – Cactus Foraying at Wooton’s Landing

2018-08-03 Botany Bill Journal

This time Matt Beziat and I forayed the Wooton’s Landing Park to look for some cactus that Matt had spotted previously. We found it along the perimeter trail which parallels Sands Road. The small number of plants at this site were atypically elongated because they were growing in the shade. On the way out of […]

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28 July 2018 – Cactus at Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary Parking Lot Meadow

2018-07-28 Botany Bill Journal

Today, Matt Beziat, Dave Anderson, and I paid a visit to the meadow next to the Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary Center parking lot to look for the cactus reportedly there. The meadow was well maintained with plenty of native plants.  While walking around the meadow, we met up with Kerry Wixted who also happened to […]

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21 July 2018 – Foraying at Parris Glendening Nature Preserve, Jug Bay

2018-07-21 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

Despite some rain, heavy at times, had a awesome time today meeting up with Joe Metzger and Karyn Molines to foray the Parris Glendening Nature Preserve, Jug Bay. We hiked about one mile to an area called the “Sand Barrens” to look for some prickly pear cactus. It was an open clearing with sandy soil […]

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14 July 2018 – Cactus at Milt’s Sand Pit

2018-07-14 Botany Bill Journal

Today Sam Droege showed me a location where some Opuntia was growing along the east side of the Patuxent River along Sands Road in Davidsonville, MD in Anne Arundel County. There were scattered patches of cactus growing along the access road at the site, but the bonanza was about ⅓ of a mile from where […]

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22 September 2017 – Hidden Bog – A New Discovery

2017-09-22 Botany Bill JournalRefuge BogsSites around refuge

  Dave Anderson and I spent some time this afternoon locating a previously undocumented Magnolia seepage bog that was recently discovered by the Patuxent Research Refuge supervisory wildlife biologist Sandy Spencer and biologist John Bourne on the Refuge’s North Tract. The area was very pristine with no noticeable infestation of exotic plant species. We estimated […]

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Kalmia angustifolia (Sheep Laurel)
17 May 2017

2017-05-17 Botany Bill Journal

Kalmia angustifolia L. is a flowering shrub in the family Ericaceae, commonly known as sheep laurel. It is found in a small number of locations on the Refuge. Its natural range is from Quebec and Ontario on the north to Virginia on the south. There are several cultivated forms of this species including a red-flowered […]

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