Through our press release, word of mouth and serendipity, the Flora of New Jersey's new web site has been formally introduced to the general public. Our interactive layout, using graphic displays and the results of the on-going flora project papers are presented as a running log of the knowledge of New Jersey's wild plants. The Flora project was created in 2004 , and is a cadre of botanists and ecologists working to document the proper scientific and common names currently applied to the … [Read more...] about Flora of New Jersey Web Presence is Officially Announced
Same Plant With Many Names
Those involved with plant nomenclature are always trying to be sure right the names is applied to a plant yet this has occurred many times. The list of synonyms grows everyday. Now there is a concerted effort to reduce the confusion and boil the accepted plant names to a manageable number. The Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) with Kew Gardens have launched the Plant List, a new web site that will track this nomenclature morass and provide a running tally of the accepted names and a list of … [Read more...] about Same Plant With Many Names
Rhynchospora (Beaksedge) Genus Complete
The genus Rhynchospora (Beaksedge) has been completed, approved by the nomenclature committee, and posted on the Flora of New Jersey page (click here to see the species list). The genus authority, Mr. Ted Gordon, is a sedge specialist. His unique knowledge of this and other Cyperaceae (Sedge Family) genera makes this addition a milestone that will provide a basis for new atlas pages. Ted's world-wide botanical experience makes him uniquely qualified as a New Jersey sedge expert. The … [Read more...] about Rhynchospora (Beaksedge) Genus Complete
Tree Recognition coming to the iPhone
What manuals and texts cannot do the iPhone can! Coming soon, there will be an application ("app") provided by Leaf Snap that will allow identification of trees using leaves, the phone's camera and an image recognition system. As most botanists know using leaves along can be a problem, resulting in the wrong identification. The application designers have addressed this concern somewhat by providing a list of suspect species, ranked based on the photo and input data. The program was developed … [Read more...] about Tree Recognition coming to the iPhone
Swamps are blooming!
Flora of New Jersey plant enthusiasts can start enjoying the flowers of two Southern New Jersey favorites spring flowers Swamp Pink and Southern Tway Blade. Swamp Pink, Helonias bullata, is the featured plant of the month for April so its presence has already been announced. Many populations are now in flower and these plants are visible to those knowing its secrete liars. In the same or nearby habitat is the Southern Tway Blade, Listera australis. This diminutive orchid is … [Read more...] about Swamps are blooming!