Many of the plant specimens were sampled early in the growing season before they had flowering and fruiting parts. But once we discovered the trick to identifying a plant from the leaf-only sample, we often unlocked the key to identifying many more sampled plants. One exception, unfortunately, was with the grasses, where admittedly some attempts to ID the inflorescence-free plants were, in fact, fruitless. [rim-shot]
Here are a few of the uncommon and rare plants we were excited to identify from the photos and pressed specimens:
Lomatogonium rotatum (marsh felwort), a USFS Species of Local Concern.
Astragalus leptaleus (park milkvetch), a G2S4 ranked plant in the Fabaceae family.
Carex lasiocarpa (woollyfruit sedge), a G5S1 ranked sedge.
Thelypodium sagittatum (arrow thelypody), a G4S1 ranked plant in the Brassicaceae family.