The Advocacy Committee of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey is excited to report on our progress in 2023 to protect the native plants of New Jersey and to look ahead to new legislation. Your participation, by contacting the governor and legislators, will make a difference.
Bill to Ban Invasives – Finally on the Governor’s Desk
For the last two years, we have been working to pass New Jersey Bill A3677/S2186. This bill aims to prohibit the sale, distribution, or propagation of certain invasive plant species and establishes the NJ Invasive Species Council. It’s a crucial step toward controlling invasive species and protecting our native plant ecosystems. In the spring of 2022, we pushed to move this bill forward when few had faith in it. In December 2022, our committee co-chair Laura Bush testified about it before the NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee and again before the Assembly Agriculture and Food Security Committee in May 2023. The bill finally passed both houses with unanimous support last week and now we are delighted to announce that it is on Governor Murphy’s desk. Even though this bill had bipartisan support in both houses, this does not mean the governor is certain to sign it. Please reach out to the governor via the governor’s website, leave a voice mail at 1-609-292-6000 or send a text message to 1-732-605-5455 and encourage him to sign it. Letters are usually better, but there is no time!
There’s much more in our update here.
Time to prepare for Spring
Red maple – Acer rubrum
Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring!
These deep red female flowers from way up in the tree canopy will be telling you spring is here. The trees usually bloom starting in late March or early April. Did you know that red maple trees are usually either male or female? Learn a little more about a tree that brings in spring with pollen and nectar to early insects and later is filled with vibrant fall colors
Tipularia discolor – Cranefly Orchid
As you enjoy the cool winter and early spring air, keep your eyes open for these greenish leaves with a distinctive maroon underside. They belong to the very uncommon Tipularia discolor. Did you know that all orchids need fungi to grow from seeds. Also the Cranefly orchid needs them to supplement their leaves.
Make note of the location and revisit in early August to see the flowers.
A Christmas Wish
Castilleja coccinea – Scarlet Indian Paintbrush -New Page
NJ Native Orchids – There are 55!
Orchids that we were lucky to see – some showy and some hard to see even when you are looking at them.
- Cranefly, Tipularia discolor
- Dragon’s Mouth, Arethusa bulbosa
- Grass Pink, Calopogon tuberosa
- Puttyroot, Aplectrum hyemale
- Ragged Fringed, Platanthera lacera
- Rose Pogonia, Pogonia ophioglossoides
- Showy Orchis, Orchis spectabilis
- Southern Twadeblade, Listera australisl
- White Fringed , Platanthera blephariglottis
- Yellow Crested, Platanthera cristata
- Yellow Fringed, Platanthera ciliaris
- Yellow Fringeless, Platanthera integra
- Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Cypripedium calceolus