Re: I. virginica alive and well in Virginia
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- Subject: Re: I. virginica alive and well in Virginia
- From: "Dustin K. Howarth" <HOWARTH@zool.umd.edu>
- Date: Tue, 4 Jun 1996 19:51:45 +0000
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> I. versicolor is native to Virginia, but I don't
> believe I. virginica is. I. virginica does thrive in the Mississippi valley
> areas, and on up the Mississippi tributaries (Ohio, Missouri, etc.).
> Clarence Mahan in "generous" Virginia who adds a P.S. If there is any
> evidence that I. virginica is native to Virginia I will gladly eat my words
> (it would not be the first time...sometimes new knowledge can be
Get your napkin...
I. virginica absolutely thrives in Virginia's coastal plain. In fact, it is an
S5 plant in the 1-5 ranking system of the Virginia Natural Heritage
Program (where I work). (The S is for state, as opposed to
global, the 5 is for the most common plant rank in VA (1 to 5
We have many monitored natural areas where it occurs, but I.
virginica is so common that we don't monitor it specifically.
I just saw some in bloom in a seepage swamp a few weeks back
-- truly fabulous!
I. versicolor is much rarer in VA, an S3 in our ranking system; rare
enough to be placed on our "watchlist," but still not rare enough to
"monitor" as rare.
I hope you will agree that this is a case where being incorrect is a
Zone 7a, Ashland (central) Va