Rare Parasitic Plant Rediscovered In Dunes Near Lake Michigan
A trained volunteer for the Rare Plant Monitoring Program spotted the clustered broomrape (Orobanche fasciculata) in Manitowoc County, which has not been seen in over 44 years.
This discovery and others are featured in the Rare Plant Monitoring Program’s recently released 2022 Annual Report. Almost 15% of Wisconsin’s 2,366 native plant species are considered rare, meaning they are listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern.
More than 50 trained volunteers from around the state submitted over 220 reports of rare plants in 2022, including 42 populations in areas of Wisconsin where they have not been documented before.
Become A Rare Plant Monitor
Rare Plant Monitoring Program volunteers are trained in surveying techniques, including how to accurately estimate large plant populations, assess habitat conditions and use GPS coordinates to locate and mark rare plant populations. Plant identification training is not provided. Learvn how you can begin volunteering on the Rare Plant Monitoring Program webpage.
Photo Credit: Robbin Moran