Aug. 22, 2017

pearlbush, Exochorda racemosa

I just heard from Bev and Tony at the University of Michigan herbarium. A specimen of carpgrass that I sent them turns out to be Nepalese browntop. Either way, it was the first Michigan record of the species. Browntop is probably an even less welcome invasive. But it's always interesting to add a new record for the state, even if they usually are alien. Which all leads us to pearlbush. This too is a new state record, and much more attractive, and not invasive. Over the years, I've added around twenty species to those we know in Michigan, and a couple for the US. This is not a big deal. It's just a case of being there. Anyone can do it if they just get out there and start collecting specimens. Adding records at the county level is particularly easy in most places. There just aren't enough of us doing it. So get out there! Pearlbush has now been recorded in CT, DE, GA, MA, MI, MS, NC, NY, PA, SC, VA, and of course in its native China. Hayes State Park, Lenawee Co MI, 5/21/11.