As far as botanizing goes, 2016 was an extraordinary year. I saw almost four dozen new-to-me species of flowering plants in Death Valley, more than six dozen species of in Iceland, and about two dozen in southwestern Colorado. You can read about these finds by scrolling through the archives for March and April (for Death Valley), and June and July (for Iceland).
Even though all this travel cut into my time in the Potomac gorge, I got out to other locations in the piedmont. And so I found even more new species. Here’s a 2016 retrospective, a hit-parade of the best new finds.
Galearis spectabilis, white form
yellow star grass
pink lady’s slipper
blue wild indigo
downy rattlesnake plantain