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Plant Search: help locate co-occurring populations

squarestem monkey flower plant, Mimulus ringens, in bloom
squarestem monkey flower
great blue lobelia plant, Lobelia siphilitica, in bloom
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!!

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The 2015 Gentian Award honoree was our founding president Ann Malmquist

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2016 Annual Meeting

The Native Plant Society was honored to present The Wilderness Center with our 2016 Gentian Award and to welcome Carrie Elvey, Senior Naturalist of The Wilderness Center, who accepted the award on their behalf.
We wish to thank Jim McCormac for giving a captivating and informative talk on lichens at our annual meeting. We appreciate his sharing his time with us and helping us learn about this fascinating subject!
Mr. McCormac shares his nature photographs and writings through his blog Ohio Birds and Biodiversity.
His nature blog is a "must bookmark" for those interested in Ohio's flora and fauna.