Archive for the ‘Publications, Apps, and Websites’ category

Two NY Flora Websites from Michael Hough, SUNY Cortland

July 7, 2011

Michael Hough, botanist and lecturer at SUNY Cortland, has an interesting blog about the flora of Central New York and a website on the flora of the Northeast. To see the blog CLICK HERE and to see the flora website CLICK HERE.  The links are also posted on our links list. Michael has a B.S. and M.S. from SUNY ESF and is also compiling a list of the flora of Cortland County.  It’s nice to see such great flora work going on in the central part of the state.

New Field Guide to the Carex of New England Available

June 14, 2011

This is another great Carex reference for New York with extensive illustrations, keys, comparison tables, and descriptions for each species.  It was written by Dr. Lisa A. Standley, and has been published by the New England Botanical Club.  To purchase, send a check for $26.00 payable to the New England Botanical Club to: Lisa Standley, VHB, 101 Walnut Street, Watertown MA 02472.

NY Natural Heritage Conservation Guides Temporarily Down

June 4, 2011

The website for the NY Natural Heritage Program Conservation Guides on rare species was hacked for use as a spam computer and the guides are temporarily offline as the situation is fixed.  They hope to get them back online soon.

The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College

May 10, 2011

Here is a great resource for native plants in the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City areas.  To see their web site CLICK HERE.

The Mysterious Plantmaps.com

May 6, 2011

This is a website which displays maps for hardiness zones and range maps for selected plants. Unfortunately they don’t have any information about who they are and what information they use to produce their maps. If anyone can find more information about this website please post a comment. – Steve Young

CLICK HERE to see the website.

Northeast Conservation Status Report April 2011

May 3, 2011

From their website: The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Conservation Science office, with funding from the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, is pleased to release a benchmark report summarizing the results of a comprehensive three-year assessment of animal species and natural habitats across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

In an effort to evaluate the gains of a century of conservation and take the pulse of the natural world, scientists synthesized information from over 30 sources, including State Natural Heritage Programs, US Forest Inventory and Analysis, the Breeding Bird Survey, State Wildlife Action Plans and the Conservancy’s Regional Science Center.

Based on the recommendations of the Northeast Performance and Indicator Framework, this technical report evaluates key indicators for six natural habitats: forest, wetlands, rivers and stream, unique habitats, lakes and ponds and animal species of concern.  For the report CLICK HERE.

When will there be a Northeast Association of Botanical Agencies to fund the same studies on plant species of concern?

Photo Show: Every Tree Tells a Story

May 2, 2011

The Cultural Landscape Foundation presents: Every Tree Tells a Story featuring extraordinary trees and tree groupings at twelve sites around the country and Puerto Rico. The show includes a history of the elms of East Hampton, New York.  For the website CLICK HERE.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Duckweeds

April 26, 2011

Wayne Armstrong from Palomar College has assembled a very information-rich website on the taxonomy of the Lemnaceae. There are lots of photos and keys to use to key out this sometimes difficult group.  To access the website CLICK HERE.

Here is an example of a photo page for Lemna minor

21 New Rare Plant Guides for Long Island Posted

April 12, 2011

The New York Natural Program recently posted 21 new rare plant guides on their guides website. Most of these are rare plants that might occur along roadsides on the island. The list is below. If you would like to access the site CLICK HERE. In the next year many more plants will be posted as they are completed.

Cenchrus tribuloides Dune Sandspur

Crocanthemum dumosum Bushy Rockrose

Desmodium ciliare Little-leaf Tick-trefoil

Digitaria filiformis Slender Crabgrass

Diospyros virginiana Persimmon

Eupatorium album var. subvenosum Trinerved White Boneset

Euphorbia ipecacuanhae American Ipecac

Ipomoea pandurata Wild Potato-vine

Linum intercursum Sandplain Wild Flax

Linum sulcatum Yellow Wild Flax

Oenothera oakesiana Oake’s Evening Primrose

Paspalum laeve Field Beadgrass

Plantago maritima var. juncoides Seaside Plantain

Platanthera ciliaris Orange Fringed Orchid

Platanthera cristata Crested Fringed Orchid

Quercus phellos Willow Oak

Scleria minor Slender Nutrush

Symphyotrichum concolor var. concolor Silvery Aster

Tripsacum dactyloides Northern Gamma Grass

Viburnum dentatum var. venosum Southern Arrowwood

Viola brittoniana Coast Violet

NY Times: Plants We Have Lost From New York City

April 10, 2011

CLICK HERE to read and article and view drawings by Marielle Anzelone and Wendy Hollender about the plants that once grew in New York City but are now gone.

One of the plants that has not been seen in years is white trillium, Trillium grandiflorum. Photo Steve Young.