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Sensitive Briar

A smooth leaf here, coarse bark there, fuzzy stem over there — it’s fun to touch the plants as you go through the forest, experiencing the various textures. But usually the plants don’t respond noticeably to our touch — they

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Sensitive Briar

A smooth leaf here, coarse bark there, fuzzy stem over there — it’s fun to touch the plants as you go through the forest, experiencing the various textures. But usually the plants don’t respond noticeably to our touch — they

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Tickseed

Here’s one tick — possibly the ONLY tick — that I don’t mind encountering in the woods — Coreopsis major or whorled tickseed. The plant is pretty much unmistakeable — the branched arrangement of cheery golden flowers tops a stem

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Tickseed

Here’s one tick — possibly the ONLY tick — that I don’t mind encountering in the woods — Coreopsis major or whorled tickseed. The plant is pretty much unmistakeable — the branched arrangement of cheery golden flowers tops a stem

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A Day with the Research Team

Resampling plots in Dr. George Ramseur’s 1978 study of two of the Cumberland Plateau’s watersheds in  Franklin State Forest and Fall Creek Falls State Park  is a major focus for the herbarium this summer. Dr. Jon Evans, who’s heading up the

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A Day with the Research Team

Resampling plots in Dr. George Ramseur’s 1978 study of two of the Cumberland Plateau’s watersheds in  Franklin State Forest and Fall Creek Falls State Park  is a major focus for the herbarium this summer. Dr. Jon Evans, who’s heading up the

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Nature’s Medicine Cabinet

 People are always interested in medicinal plants, and there are a lot of plants around here with reputed medicinal properties. In times past, when American Indians and early settlers were the plateau’s only inhabitants, they found medicinal uses for many, many

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Nature’s Medicine Cabinet

 People are always interested in medicinal plants, and there are a lot of plants around here with reputed medicinal properties. In times past, when American Indians and early settlers were the plateau’s only inhabitants, they found medicinal uses for many, many

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Research Assistant Profile: Emily Riedlinger

We have four Sewanee undergraduate research assistants working with us this summer to survey vegetation plots at Franklin State Forest and Fall Creek Falls. I will highlight each of these students over the course of the summer. The first research

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Research Assistant Profile: Emily Riedlinger

We have four Sewanee undergraduate research assistants working with us this summer to survey vegetation plots at Franklin State Forest and Fall Creek Falls. I will highlight each of these students over the course of the summer. The first research

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Nope. Not tellin’!

This is the time of year to take note of the locations of elderberry bushes (Sambucus canadensis). They’re in full flower, and the large clusters of tiny white flowers are easy to spot along roadways and on forest edges. Soon

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Nope. Not tellin’!

This is the time of year to take note of the locations of elderberry bushes (Sambucus canadensis). They’re in full flower, and the large clusters of tiny white flowers are easy to spot along roadways and on forest edges. Soon

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Make a “Memory Catcher”

Today’s the day! The herbarium is sponsoring a 1-hour introduction to nature journaling this Wednesday afternoon, June 24, 4-5 PM in Spencer Hall room 173. Come find out what it’s all about. Shown here are members of the herbarium-sponsored nature journaling

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Make a “Memory Catcher”

Today’s the day! The herbarium is sponsoring a 1-hour introduction to nature journaling this Wednesday afternoon, June 24, 4-5 PM in Spencer Hall room 173. Come find out what it’s all about. Shown here are members of the herbarium-sponsored nature journaling