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
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!
The March 26, 2011 Sunday New York Times published an on-line interactive botanical op-ed titled "When New York City Bloomed" by Marielle Anzelone and Wendy Hollender. The text and art work describe the extinction of our local flora and display 12 paintings of select lost plants. Each plant displayed was once found within the City limits but lost habitat. The text describe the loss of hundreds of other native trees, shrubs and herbs. The Flora of New Jersey Project members are quite familiar … [Read more...] about New York Times Article Features Lost Native Flora
A summer college course will be offered during the second session between June 27 to August 4th. Class activities are scheduled Monday and Tuesday 10:45AM to 12:55PM with three full day field trips every other Thursday. The course instructor is Dr. Kate Lepis (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus. This is a great opportunity to learn the diversity of New Jersey's flora in a formal academic format. Contact Dr. Lepis for more details. … [Read more...] about Rutgers University Offers a Flora of New Jersey College Summer Course
New Smartweed Species Described in New Jersey Botanists from the New York Botanical Garden have described a new smartweed, Persicaria extremiorientalis, established on the east coast of the United States, including portions of New Jersey. A recent article in the most recent issue of the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society indicates the smartweed is an established species in Northern and eastern New Jersey. Researchers discovered this plant was first collected in Queens New York in 1961 but … [Read more...] about New Smartweed Found in New Jersey