New Expedition from the Ouachita Mountains

Just released is Arkansas’s largest transcription project to date: Herbaceous Plants of the Ouachita Mountains.  Please help us transcribe these specimens in the next few weeks.  The expedition is being released just in time for the Fall meeting of the Arkansas Native Plant Society in Mena, Arkansas, U.S.A. (Sept. 23-25, 2016, https://anps.org/) , which is being held in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains.  Researcher @tmarsico is giving a tutorial to this group about how they can become involved in the state’s herbarium specimen data transcriptions using Notes from Nature.  The beautiful and chlorophyll-less Indian pipe (cover photo for this expedition) was just photographed in flower last weekend in the Ouachita Mountains.  It is a great time of year to be exploring the outdoors and transcribing historical label data.  The Ouachita Mountains are an east-west running range of compressed, folded rock dominated by sandstone and shale.  The region is predominately pine-hardwood mixed forests, with mesic forests on the northern slopes of the mountains.  Rich seeps, shale glades, barrens, and scour-prairies also occur in this area that make botanical exploration a treat.

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