Plant Search: help locate field sites of co-occurring populations

Plant Search: help locate co-occurring populations

squarestem monkey flower

great blue lobelia

Dr. Randall Mitchell is looking for field sites with co-occurring populations of squarestem monkey flower, Mimulus ringens and great blue lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica. Both of these plants occur throughout the Midwest in or near wetlands, including floodplains and bottomland forests, swamps, seeps, soggy meadows, ditches, woodland borders, moist pasture areas ....

These plants are pollinated by native bumble bees. He is trying to see if:

  • the plants compete with one another for bee visitation; and
  • whether they affect each other's reproduction.
Ideal sites would have many (>100) individuals of each plant species interspersed, but he is interested in any site that has both of them. If you know of a place where they co-occur, Dr. Mitchell would love to hear about it!

Call Dr. Randall Mitchell at 330.972.5122, Department of Biology, University of Akron, Akron OH 44325-3908 or email Dr. Mitchell,

Thank you for your interest and help!!

National Park Service: 2016 BioBlitz at Cuyahoga Valley National Park


2016 National Park BioBlitz at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

May 20-21, 2016

The National Geographic Society and the National Park Service are teaming up for the 10th year to conduct a BioBlitz in over 100 national parks across the country! BioBlitz serves as part of a national celebration of biodiversity commemorating the Centennial of the National Park Service.

Our heritage is soil bound


Cleveland Museum of Natural History
From Field to Herbarium

Field Notes 30.i.2016

Greetings Everyone,

Sharing anticipation and interest, Native Plant Society members and guests gathered for our society's first program of the new year to learn about The Cleveland Museum of Natural History herbarium. Objects, details, and facts of plants, people, and current affairs were displayed and discussed. Through sharing his life experience, recounting the life experiences of others, presenting plant specimens to observe and touch, and talking about habitat, geology, and conservation, what we also learned more about that afternoon through Jim Bissell was our heritage.

The information Jim Bissell shared with us during our afternoon visit was comprehensive. Many wanted to stay and learn more. The narrative by Judy Barnhart captures the afternoon's program well. The added graphics and links supplement key points discussed and provide further sources of study.

The Native Plant Society wishes to express our appreciation to Jim Bissell for sharing his knowledge and time. We also wish to express appreciation to members and guests who were able to join us.

We look forward to seeing you at future programs and outings!

With kind regards,
 Lisa K. Schlag
Native Plant Society NE Ohio Treasurer


NPS Progrm: from field to herbarium

Jim Bissell's original herbarium specimen of spreading globleflower, Trollius laxus Salisb. ssp. laxus collected 12 April 1984

from field to herbarium
Program Information

Please join us.  We look forward to seeing you!! And, please remember to register with Judy for this program.

Related Readings from our Virtual Archives:
April 1983 V1N2: The Herbarium Resource, Jim Bissell
March 1987 V5N2: Trollius laxus Salisb. ssp. laxus, Spreading Globe-Flower, Guy Denny