September 20, 2019

Illinois Native Plant Society Mixer @ The Garage Bar (aka Wink & Swillhelm)

Next month!


Wink & Swillhelm at The Garage Bar


Friday, October 18th, 2019
starting at 6:30PM and going to 9:30PMish or whenever
at The Garage Bar & Sandwiches, 6154 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (Norwood Park)

Come meet and hang with other local botany and ecology enthusiasts at The Garage Bar in northwest Chicago! We'll be in the room upstairs. FB event for people who like that: https://www.facebook.com/events/2403057686577194/

Pretty informal, come whenever and no need to RSVP nor to be a current INPS member.
Though you should join! :) https://ill-inps.org/northeast-chapter/

Hope to see you there!


fyi to some folks who have made observations in the area @aerintedesco @amyjurkowski @andrea14 @andrewphassos @anmolsingh1 @asampang @brdnrdr @dbild @deansy @debant @deirdre6767 @dziomber @eddiemoya @elfaulkner @grantfessler @iacampoverde @ilemma @inotherwordsfly @jackassgardener @jmmcclo @joelmc @js175 @k0zi @kennedy9094 @kpclemenz @liamoconnor11 @lukehuff @mabunimeh @maureenclare @mavina4 @mross5 @nathanbealedelvecchio @nicholasbiernadski @obamagaming @orbweb @ornithopsis @palmer1 @paulroots @pavoss64 @pfautsch @rachaelpatterson @rgraveolens @ruabean @sampickerill @sanguinaria33 @skrentnyjeff @susiesodini @taco2000 @tmurphy4 @tomlally @ulaniluu @yetikat
(and sorry if some of y'all that I tagged are under 21)

Posted on September 20, 2019 13:24 by bouteloua bouteloua | 2 comments | Leave a comment

July 30, 2019

Slag Party & Orchid Hunt at Big Marsh (August 31st, 2019)

Hey planty nerds who've made a lotta obs within 10 km of Big Marsh (and a few others thrown in for good measure):
@partspermillion @jackassgardener @jmb62 @elfaulkner @marshmaiden @missgreen, @chloe53 @guessingatgreen @illbflower @sanguinaria33 @lesliejeanie @skrentnyjeff @ewarden @johnhboldt @smoreno2 @oldboy1990 @palmera01 @hikebikerun13 @andrewstpaul @rubzzz @matt167 @cardnoclare @yes123 @brendanrattin @psweet @ashleywold @aseeger @prairiehobbit @sjoyce @rheinrichs @taco2000 @kkucera @eriko @kennedy9094 @rgraveolens @paulroots @spaz4 @susankirt @staceyrecht @gloriao147 @ryangraduate @ekrimmel @evan8 @garyowendick

The Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society, with Lauren Umek from the Chicago Park District Natural Areas, are hosting a

Slag Party & Orchid Hunt


at Big Marsh Park (11559 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL)
on Saturday, August 31st at 11 AM

Slag is an industrial byproduct that is common throughout Chicago’s southeast side, where the steel industry once thrived. While high in heavy metals, slag also has some remarkable similarities to dolomite prairies in terms of physical structure, organic matter, water permeability, and pH. As a result, some of these sites have become home to unique and relatively rare species including the sedges Carex viridula and Carex aurea, an orchid Spiranthes cernua, and Agalinis tenuifolia mixed in with a matrix of invasives and bare ground.

Learn about this unique landscape and help document the biodiversity that call slag fields home. Come for the slag botanizing, stay for the (veg-friendly) snacks and discussion.

RSVP at http://bit.ly/slagparty

Posted on July 30, 2019 17:20 by bouteloua bouteloua | 3 comments | Leave a comment

June 02, 2019

Key to Non-native Taraxacum sections in British Columbia

From Björk, C. R. 2019. Overlooked diversity in exotic Taraxacum in British Columbia, Canada. Botany. Vol. 97, No. 6: pp. 329-346. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjb-2018-0094

Exotic Taraxacum in British Columbia
1a. Plants usually growing in wild vegetation at high elevations or latitudes; bracts sometimes strongly corniculate, the outer ones mostly erect to appressed, sometimes recurved or spreading; leaves mostly either weakly lobed or with simple lobes ................ Native groups, not treated here

1b. Plants mostly in disturbed vegetation, mostly at low to middle elevations and latitudes; bracts not corniculate or with small, inconspicuous horns, the outer ones mostly spreading, recurved, or reflexed; leaves mostly deeply lobed, the lobes in most cases longer than wide and often again lobed ................ 2 (Exotic sections)

2a. Outer bracts erect and appressed, blackish green, ovate, and with blunt apices; plants usually in wet sites; not documented from British Columbia, but to be sought ................ Section Palustria

2b. Outer bracts spreading to recurved, or if appressed, then apices acute to acuminate; habitat various, but usually not in wet sites ................ 3

3a. Inner and (or) outer bracts minutely corniculate; outer bracts mostly <10 mm long, mostly thin and pale,usually pinkish ........ 4

3b. Inner and outer bracts not at all corniculate (though sometimes with 1–2 minute ridges at apex; outer bracts various, but often >10 mm long and usually opaque or dark and without pink tones ........ 5

4a. Cypsela cone slender, scarcely tapered, usually >0.7 mm, cypsela body often red-brown or purplebrown ........ Section Erythrosperma

4b. Cypsela cone stout and upwardly tapered, usually <0.7 mm, cypsela body pink-brown........ Taraxacum
fulvicarpum group

5a. Involucre often distinctly glaucous (alive), blackish green and glossy (dried); outer bracts ovate, lanceolate, or sometimes oblong-lanceolate ........ 6

5b. Involucre rarely glaucous, not appearing blackish or varnished in the pressed state; outer bracts mostly oblong or lance-oblong ........ 8

6a. Leaves mostly olive green, lateral lobes usually 4 per side and hamate; outer bracts comparatively abruptly tapered; pollen present; mostly robust plants ........ Section Hamata

6b. Leaves mostly dark bluish green, lateral lobes usually <4 per side and mostly not hamate; pollen often absent; plants generally small and delicate ........ 7

7a. Leaves not spotted (except often at the internodes, or spotted due only to injury); pollen often lacking; locally common ........ Section Celtica

7b. Leaves purple spotted, the adaxial spots corresponding to abaxial ones; pollen present (ours); rarely encountered ........ Section Naevosa

8a. Outer bracts mostly >10 mm long; leaves mostly crisped and (or) rugose, summer leaves almost always complexly lobed; pollen rarely absent ........ Section Taraxacum

8b. Outer bracts mostly <10 mm long; leaves often not crisped and mostly not rugose; summer leaves mostly weakly lobed or merely dentate; pollen often absent........ 9

9a. Petioles with no wings or wings narrow; summer leaves usually oblanceolate or obovate in outline; capitula usually comparatively small; ligules deep yellow, the outer ones with dark abaxial stripes ........ Section Borea

9b. Petioles with broad green wings to base or nearly so; summer leaves often oblong; capitula usually comparatively large; ligules often comparatively pale, the outer ones often with pale abaxial stripes ........ Section Boreigena

Posted on June 02, 2019 16:27 by bouteloua bouteloua | 1 comments | Leave a comment

April 30, 2019

Margery C. Carlson Nature Preserve (19 April 2019) (Trip)

Testing out the trips feature. Botanizing at this nature preserve in LaSalle County, IL for the first time.

Posted on April 30, 2019 15:11 by bouteloua bouteloua | 144 observations | 9 comments | Leave a comment

March 16, 2019

In case you missed it — iNaturalist has a new forum!

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March 12, 2019

Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society: Upcoming Events

Chicago-proximate friends, the Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society has a few events coming up so far this year after a lil lapse in activity in 2018. Join the Northeast Chapter here (or, other Illinois folk, your local chapter!).

Have an idea for a field trip, evening lecture, or other event? Reach out to us at northeast.inps@gmail.com

Field Museum Herbarium Tour

Sunday, March 17th at 1PM
Join Iza Redlinski and Michael Huft for a tour of the Field Museum's herbarium, a vast collection of over 2 million plant specimens, including many collected locally in the Chicago region. Enjoy complimentary entrance to the museum following the tour. As space for this tour is limited, must RSVP to receive event details and meeting location (priority to INPS members): http://bit.ly/flatplants — currently waitlist only

Hike at Illinois Beach State Park and Chiwaukee Prairie

Monday, May 27th at 9:30AM
Hike the trail at Illinois' first nature preserve with your fellow native plant enthusiasts! See dozens of rare natives and spring wildflowers in multiple unique and rare habitats including beach dunes and pannes. You already have the day off, come join us at 9:30 AM at the Nature Center, rain or shine! Dress for the weather and bring good boots. It's usually not wet along the trails at IBSP. After a lunch at Culver's (or bring your own) we often drive a few minutes north to Chiwaukee Prairie for the afternoon, which often has wet trails. The trip to Chiwaukee is optional, but spectacular. RSVP to http://bit.ly/puccoon2019

Flora & Ecology of Deer Grove West Forest Preserve

Saturday, June 1st at 1PM
The first forest preserve in Cook County, Deer Grove West contains fine examples of oak woodland, forested ravines, and moranic depressional wetlands. This tour will focus on the site's ecology and highlight some of the rich flora that can be found throughout this preserve. Space is limited, RSVP here: http://bit.ly/deergrove2019 (priority given to INPS members).


Future events in your inbox by joining up, and you can check our website to stay in the loop too.

Posted on March 12, 2019 14:41 by bouteloua bouteloua | 0 comments | Leave a comment

January 02, 2019

A Welcome Message

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If you need help, feel free to reach out to me personally—you can tag me in a comment by writing @bouteloua, or asking the community at large via the iNaturalist forum, or by shooting a message to the help desk at help@inaturalist.org. Again, welcome! Hope you stick around. :)

cassi (@bouteloua)
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October 13, 2018

Identifying Solidago altissima & Solidago canadensis

Modified from Flora of North America, Minnesota Wildflowers, Weakley 2018, Flora of the Chicago Region 2017.

Solidago altissima subsp. altissima Solidago altissima subsp. gilvocanescens Solidago canadensis var. canadensis Solidago canadensis var. hargeri
Range and prevalence in North America: Broad. Most of eastern North America and some spots in the west (map). Most common species, dominating old-fields. Midwest/Great Plains (map). Begins replacing S. altissima subsp. altissima when moving toward the Great Plains. Upper Midwest, northeastern North America. (map) Eastern Great Plains, Upper Midwest, northeastern North America (map)
Flowerhead shape: Messier, spikes of flowerheads not so neat; can be taller than wide Messier, spikes of flowerheads not so neat; can be taller than wide ? Graceful, neatly arranged lateral spikes; pyramid wider than tall
Involucre: 3-4.5+ mm tall 2-3 mm tall 1.7–2.5 mm tall
(apparently sometimes 3 mm)
1.7–2.5 mm tall
(apparently sometimes 3 mm)
Phenology (Chicago Region): Later: August 28 - October 22 ? Earlier: July 19 - September 19 Earlier: July 19 - September 19
Pappus: Pappus hairs >2.4 mm long Pappus hairs >2.4 mm long Pappus hairs <2.3 mm long Pappus hairs <2.3 mm long
Stem: Usually short-hairy throughout Usually short-hairy throughout Mid to proximal stems hairless or just sparsely hairy Mid to proximal stems sparsely to moderately hairy
Big round stem galls: Got'em Got'em Don't got'em (?)* Don't got'em (?)*
Foliage: -Grey-green tone
-Leaves thicker, firmer
-Entire or with few, small teeth, mostly upper half
-Hairy underside
-Upper surface hairs rough with minute bulbous bases
-Grey-green tone
-Leaves thicker, firmer
-Entire or with few, small teeth, mostly upper half
-Hairy underside
-Upper surface hairs short, curved, spreading
-Not grey-green
-Leaves thinner, more lax
-More coarsely toothed throughout
-If hairy, only on veins below
-Not grey-green
-Leaves thinner, more lax
-More coarsely toothed throughout
-Hairy underside

*Conflicting info in FNA and Flora of the Chicago Region, the latter of which says stem galls do occur on both S. altissima and S. canadensis.

Posted on October 13, 2018 04:16 by bouteloua bouteloua | 8 comments | Leave a comment

October 07, 2018

Identifying Sambucus "nigra" in eastern North America

From GoBotany and Michigan Flora:

Sambucus nigra (sensu stricto)
previously known as S. nigra subsp. nigra
Sambucus canadensis
previously known as S. nigra subsp. canadensis
Larger, can be a small tree up to 10 m tall Smaller, shrub up to 2.5 m tall
Branchlets with abundant lenticels Branchlets with sparse lenticels
3-7 leaflets, usually 5 5-11 leaflets, usually 7
Petals yellow-white, carpels usually with 3 stigmas (sometimes 4) Petals white, carpels with 4 stigmas (sometimes 3 or 5)
Pendulous fruiting clusters More-or-less erect fruiting clusters
Drupe dingy purple, turning black, 6-8 mm wide Drupe bright red, turning purple-black, 4-5 mm wide

(also a test of the new table format)

Posted on October 07, 2018 23:24 by bouteloua bouteloua | 3 comments | Leave a comment

September 01, 2018

Curating Needs

Last updated January 11, 2019

Partially using this as a note to self, but thought I'd throw these out there rather than only squirrel the links away as bookmarks. To any curators or potential-curators looking for a task, here are:

* Stranded taxa that have observations (89 taxa)
* Spam patrol (a lot)
* Unresolved flags (thousands)

If you're not a curator but interested in lending a hand with the site taxonomy and/or other needs, read through the Curator Guide (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/curator+guide) and shoot an email to help@inaturalist.org. : )

Common Flag Resolution Recommendations


* Pornographic images or anything that needs to be deleted swiftly - You can hide this type of inappropriate content by flagging as spam (hides from anyone who isn't an iNat curator/admin). Then email help@inaturalist.org requesting deletion.

* Spam - 99+ times out of a 100, spam flags should be left unresolved. iNat's definition of spam is anything clearly intended to make money. If it is actual spam, like blocks of text intended to drive search engine rankings, links to commercial websites, or blatant product advertisement, leave the flag unresolved.

* Flagged as spam, but it's not spam - There is a "3 strikes" rule with spam flags. If a user's comments, observations, messages, or other content is flagged as spam 3 times, their account is suspended. Sometimes people are suspended when they shouldn't be! If a comment or message is flagged, I've found that more often than not, those flags are false positives. If a comment doesn't look like spam, resolve the flag. If a message is flagged and the user looks legit, there is a boilerplate response here. If inappropriate content is flagged as spam, resolve the spam flag and reflag as inappropriate if needed. Spam flags should only be used for content intended to make money.

* Duplicate observation - Check if it's actually a duplicate. Sometimes the user has uploaded the same photo but observed 2 different organisms. Otherwise, iNat staff have instructed us to flag duplicates and leave the flags unresolved.

* Missing taxon or taxon changes - follow the Curator Guide and add the taxon or commit the taxon change, if appropriate. Be sure to check the taxonomic policies every once in a while as they do change.

* Not an organism - If it's a new user, guide them toward appropriate use of iNat and mark it as no evidence of organism in the Data Quality Assessment section (DQA).

* Observation of a human - just ID as human and resolve the flag.

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* Photo on taxon page incorrectly identified: Remove the photo and/or let them know how they can adjust the photos themselves.

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Previously on: Dealing with low quality observations and inappropriate content on iNaturalist

Posted on September 01, 2018 23:46 by bouteloua bouteloua | 1 comments | Leave a comment