Link to information on the PCV programIf you would like a botanical adventure, join the PCV program. This is a great way to meet new friends, explore a wide range of habitats while contributing to the knowledge of our flora.  I joined the PCV program the first year it was in Maine and love it as a way to help our environment.—B. G.

To find out more, click on the PCV patch.


We had the following e-mail from Rachel Farrel and thought it should be shared since this affects habitats of our native plants.

The Federal Railroad Association released its plan to straighten the railroad tracks through CT and RI just over a week ago. This is would be a high-speed by-pass through Westerly, Hopkinton, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Richmond. The proposed new track would cut directly through the field where Grasshopper Sparrows nest at the Francis Carter Preserve. This is the only spot where this species nests on the mainland in RI. The proposed new track would also cut through the Great Swamp, TNC's Grills Preserve, the northern part of Burlingame MA, the Amos Green Farm, and certain neighborhoods. Homes would be destroyed. Wetlands would be filled in Burlingame and the Great Swamp Management Areas. Blasting and trenching would be needed to get through hills and keep the train at a steady elevation. Connecticut’s opposition might not kill the planned changes in Rhode Island. Opposition has been quick, but there is much to be done. There is an on-line petition from which anyone can sign. More signatures are needed.

Additionally, Jack Reed, who supports this plan, should be contacted. contact/email contact

Links to read more about this issue: proposal-to-straighten-rails

http://charlestowncitizens. org/2016/12/18/christmas-surprise-from-fra/

http://charlestowncitizens. org/federal-railroad-administration-plan/ ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/ rhodeisland/newsroom/statement-of-the-nature- conservancy-in-rhode-island- northeast-corridor-expan.xml

What plant is that?

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January 2017 Mystery Plant--close-up of flower

January 2017 Mystery Plant flower stalk

2017 Mystery Plant

Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2017

The lead-off mystery plant
for the New Year of 2017
is one of our most beautiful and also
one of our rarest plants.
It is listed as “State Endangered”
in Rhode Island.

This mystery plant is a small perennial with divided basal leaves and a separate flowering stem (peduncle).
The peduncle far surpasses the basal leaves and holds multiple flowers.
The flowers have 5 petals and 5 sepals.
The color of the petals is described variously as violet, purplish-violet, rose-purple,
rose-violet or magenta.
Search for this plant in open woods and sometimes along streams
in moist soil of woods.
It blooms from early May to late June.

Happy New Year to all of our readers.

Stop back next month to find out
what this mystery plant is.

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for last month's mystery plant.

Mystery Plants from
past months, click, here

E-mail your guess to us and,
if you're right, we'll list
your name below.

Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Elizabeth E. Dickson