Advancing our knowledge of rare plants in Wisconsin

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Locoweed. Photo courtesy of Josh Mayer.

WI Rare Plant News

Check back every couple of weeks for news, events and rare plant stories.

2017 training dates announced!

February 15, 2017

The Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program gives plant enthusiasts an opportunity to conduct surveys for rare plants around the state. The information these volunteers collect is used to assess plant population trends during state and national conservation efforts.

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Phenology spotlight: calypso orchid

May 18, 2016

"No other northern orchid has so captured the imagination of flower lovers as calypso!" This may well be true.

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Phenology spotlight: purple-stem cliff-brake

October 6, 2015

Despite the cold temps and snowpack, winter can be a great time to botanize. Of course trees can be identified year round, but there are other targets as well.

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Rare Plant Finder

Before volunteering, look for rare plants to survey in your area.

Turk's Cap Lily. Photo courtesy of Josh Mayer.