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.
The Black Gum or Black Tupelo tree's leaves are in full glory right now - the foliage first turns purple and then an intense bright scarlet red. This interesting tree, growing to 50 ' tall, can be found from New England to Florida and is tolerant of a wide variety of growing conditions. It has a straight trunk with branches coming out at right angles and bark that looks like alligator hide. Small, greenish-white flowers appear in spring on long stalks. Although the flowers are not showy, they are an excellent nectar source for bees. The flowers are followed by half inch, dark purple drupes that are an important food source to many birds.
Since it has a taproot, it is best propagated by seed , but beware that deer are extremely fond of the leaves on seedlings and saplings.
The wood of the Black Tupelo is extremely hard, and it is many times passed over when timbering occurs because of that.
Photo courtesy of Eric Burkhart
Let us know what your favorite plant is - email us at Info@panativeplantsociety.org