Happy New Year!

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.

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Galearis spectabilis
showy orchis
Orchidaceae

 

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Galearis spectabilis, white form

 

 

 

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Obolaria virginica
pennywort
Gentianaceae

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Rhododendron periclymenoides
pinxter azalea
Ericaceae
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Hypoxis hirsuta
yellow star grass
Hypoxidaceae

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Aralia nudicaulis
wild sarsaparilla
Araliaceae
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Viola palmata
three-lobe violet
Violaceae

 

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Cypripedium acaule
pink lady’s slipper
Orchidaceae
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Baptisia australis
blue wild indigo
Fabaceae

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Goodyera pubescens
downy rattlesnake plantain
Orchidaceae
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Hypericum gentianoides
orangegrass
Hypericaceae

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Cunila origanoides
common dittany
Lamiaceae
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Diodella teres
poorjoe
Rubiaceae

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Polygala sanguinea
purple milkwort
Polygalaceae
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Sabatia angularis
rosepink
Gentianaceae

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Trichostema dichotomum
blue curls
Lamiaceae
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Euthamia graminifolia
grass-leaved goldentop
Asteraceae

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