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Viola lanceolata

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Viola eriocarpa

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Viola cucullata – Marsh Violet

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Viola affinis – Sand Violet

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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.) … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Christine McElroy

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 … Continue reading

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2018 Plant Inventory Progress Report – A Banner Year

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 … Continue reading

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17 February 2019 – Palmettos in Myrtle Beach

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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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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8 October 2018 – Washington County Cactus Foray

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 … Continue reading

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25 August 2018 – Finding Cactus at Weinberg Park

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 … Continue reading

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22 August 2018 – Maryland Cactus Sites

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 … Continue reading

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13 August 2018 – Queen Anne Canoe Launch

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 … Continue reading

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11 August 2018 – Cactus in Elkridge

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 … Continue reading

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11 August 2018 – Cactus on Factory Road

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 … Continue reading

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7 August 2018 – Cactus Foraying near Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

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 … Continue reading

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3 August 2018 – Cactus Foraying at Wooton’s Landing

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 … Continue reading

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

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.  … Continue reading

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

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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” … Continue reading

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14 July 2018 – Cactus at Milt’s Sand Pit

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 … Continue reading

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22 September 2017 – Hidden Bog – A New Discovery

  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. … Continue reading

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