Sedgeheaven: June Update of the Illinois Botanists Big Year


It’s June 29th, it’s summer, it’s sedges-are-identifiable season, and the ILBBY 2019’s got:

1,485 observers (+495 since last month’s update)
20,567 research grade observations of plants (+7,191)
1,140 species (+310)
727 identifiers (+209)

New to following the ILBBY project are @alefringhouse24, @irenejhf, @jhoekstra, @rozhelfand, and @stocksdale. Welcome!

New to observing plants in Illinois on iNaturalist are @alex1093 @anafae @awesomeeagle @brett02 @carrie206 @charitycat @chase1789_xd @chazmw @christianelliott1 @christianpuka @cole65 @dka723 @g10078 @gracecomerford @jayeeinin @jindra @johnlseale @katmuth @kilbourngreenhouse @magnetgrrl @maritzav1 @mcvozenilek @michelle894 @neonicarus @nicole646 @nlee @nrthwoods @redadmiral98 @reedgarnett @scotthorlock @sdelisi @spiderwort91 @yet2019 and @zebulen27, among many others! If you want to stay apprised of Illinois Botanists Big Year updates, you can join the project here.

Since last month’s update, seven more botanizers have observed over 100 species of plants in Illinois this year: @andrewstpaul @elfaulkner @grantfessler @jackassgardener @kennedy9094 @ssinn and @whimbrelbirder. Whoo! Just shy of 100 are @d_coulter @psweet @prairiehobbit and @stocksdale. Next time y’all’ll all be over the 100 mark I’m sure! :)

On the leaderboard for most research grade species of plants in Illinois in 2019 are:

  1. @wildlandblogger — 564
  2. @dziomber — 457
  3. @sanguinaria33 — 354
  4. @sedge — 349
  5. @johnhboldt — 341
  6. @kkucera — 327
  7. @skrentnyjeff — 316
  8. @bouteloua — 296
  9. @elfaulkner — 223
  10. @missgreen — 221

The most observose species in June 2019 so far have been common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis / seriously who calls this bluejacket??), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), red clover (Trifolium pratense), foxglove beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), crown vetch (Securigera varia), and white wild indigo (Baptisia alba).

On Our Hitlist

As a community we still have somehow not observed these plants yet in 2019. Anyone up for a focused scavenger hunt?

  • fringed heartwort (Ricciocarpos natans)
  • gingko (Gingko biloba) — which occasionally escapes cultivation
  • Canada yew (Taxus canadensis) — some say these are here on iNat but just need to be confirmed
  • juniper haircap moss (Polytrichum juniperinum)
  • grasspink orchids (Calopogon tuberosus) – @sanguinaria33 catch up!
  • colicroot (Aletris farinosa)
  • American sweetflag (Acorus americanus)
  • yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila)
  • barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli)
  • yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus)
  • rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides)
  • quackgrass (Elymus repens)
  • sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) — easy vegetative ID!
  • tall boneset (Eupatorium altissimum)
  • grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)
  • early, elm, bluestem goldenrods (Solidago juncea, S. ulmifolia, S. caesia)
  • smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)
  • partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)
  • velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) — this is definitely in someone’s garden
  • common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)
  • American lotus (Nelumbo lutea)
  • spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculata)

Plant Pic Picks

Don’t forget to favorite observations to highlight good photos or cool finds!

Violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea) pretty in purple; its starburst-flavored leaves hidden below by @sanguinaria33 in DuPage County:

Glowy budding quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) by @tararat in McLean County:

Dewy white wild indigo (Baptisia alba) by @skrentnyjeff in Cook County:

Small white lady’s slippers (Cypripedium candidum) by @andrewhipp in DuPage County:

Help Identify

As always, please help your fellow botanists, when yr able, to identify/confirm their observations. There are almost 24,000 observations in 2019 that qualify for the project, but haven’t been IDed or confirmed yet. Try sorting by “new users” or “random” to mix it up!

New to Illinois on iNat

And keep an eye on these links below for any new documentations in 2019. I commented on a few new ones that folks like @andrewhipp @dziomber @elfaulkner @illinois_joy @johnhboldt @johnlseale @kkucera @lucydugan @owenkathriner @prairiehobbit @sanguinaria33 @sedge @ty-sharrow and @wildlandblogger have found since our last update. Great work!

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