2014 Pa Botany Symposium
PNPS is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium to be held on November 7-8 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA.
The focus of the Symposium is to bring together a diverse audience from amateur to academic botanists, and those interested in the natural world in general. The invited speakers have been carefully selected to share their expertise on a variety of botanical topics including taxonomy, conservation, ecology, biology, history and floristics. The keynote address will be given by Tony Reznicek, Curator of Vascular Plants, University of Michigan Herbarium.
Registration is now open - click here for details and registration information.
Upper Delaware BioBlitz update
The final report and collection inventory spreadsheets for the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz are now available. The species count stands at 884, up from the initial results, with 123 "first occurrences" (the first time the identification of the species has been made and recorded as publicly accessible information for Sullivan County). Click here for the report and the data spreadsheet.
What are Native Plants?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Why Plant Natives?
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, require less maintenance such as watering, and are less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten to crowd out our native plant species. Incorporating native plants in your home landscape will encourage birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
If you're lucky, you might come across this beauty in late July/August. The lesser or small purple fringed orchid can be found in wet habitats such as sedge meadows, sphagnum bogs, cedar or alder swamps, or on stream edges of conifer forests. The flower spike is typically 10-12 inches tall with 1" lavender - rose purple flowers. If you ever see this in the wild, you will not forget it!
Photo courtesy of Sarah Chamberlain
Let us know what your favorite plant is - email us at Info@panativeplantsociety.org