Am I the first one to find this plant in Pennsylvania? Guess we’ll find out

 It started when I found a white pealike or vetchlike plant at Frances Slocum but couldn’t ID it, so asked the experts — and there’s a number of them — on Facebook to respond:


I wrote: I found this the other day. Thought it was either a member of the pea family or, more likely, a vetch, but being white — it doesn’t fit anything in any of my guides. Might be a vetch but there are tendrils at the end of the leaves and the ones I found had just the one flower head. A few that looked to be withering had some yellowish flowers. the same leaf pattent appeared alternately — and sparsely — all the way down the stem of this about 8 inch plant, growing in a dry meadow. So, any thoughts? Thanks.””:

Got this response from a prof friend at Wilkes:

We would need to collect perhaps three or four specimens. I would like to take a first shot at identifying. If I determine that it is V. grandiflora, I’d want to have Tim Block take a look. If it is a new find, we would want to deposit one specimen each at Wilkes, Morris Arboretum, and maybe Carnegie. Keep in mind that there may already be known specimens from PA, but just not documented in any of the atlases. I found that out with a Carex bicnellii collected from the top of Wilkes-Barre mountain. Regardless, it’s worth checking out.

Part of his message that was missing notes that the plant we think it is — pictured — may never have been recorded in Pa. before. So I have to run out and get some samples so we can see what we can see…white

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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