A flora of sorts, featuring some of our favorite species in no particular order.

Acacia tortilis (Mark Ritchie)

Arched o'er morning dust
Tannis, thorns greet woken boys
Goats in shade, doves sad

Desmodium sp. (Alex Ebert)

Even laundered clothes
are laced with your sticky pods!
The field tech's 'loment'

Themeda triandra (Mark Ritchie)

Seed waves ripple red
Pale leaves twist in windy dread
Await wildebeest

Artemisia tridentata, cana & frigida (Jacob Penner)

Three fragrant sages
Combined to describe the plains:
Big, silver prairie

Dynamax debacle (for Elise; Victoria Hull)

Read the manual
Still not sure how to remove
sap flow chipmunk nests

Farewell to Luka (Kelsey Martinez)

Lab theme song... disperse!
Wait! I’ve one more R question!
Well, see ya later.

Treacherous conduits (Elise Hinman)

Leaf superhighway
Ice-related accident
Got infrastructure?

Carex grayi (Alex Ebert)

Like a morningstar,
beautiful and fierce are your

Fur Elise (Jason Fridley)

What use are tradeoffs
in ecology if invaders
eschew them?

Plantago lanceolata (Catherine Ravenscroft)

Rosette of various forms
Permits survival

Lonicera sp. (Mason Heberling)

What the hell is this?
Not in Gleason & Cronquist?
Must be a hybrid.

[competitive ruderal] (Andrew Siefert)

Tall forb with small seeds,
high SLA and fast growth.
Latin name? Who cares.

Juniperus communis (Jason Fridley)

narrow rings, with fruit the toast
of my martini

Winter tree (Elise Hinman)

Sugar forbids frost
Snow lands on dormant branches
Skeletal sweater

Tricholoma matsutake (Insu Jo)

Hey pine, you lonely?
I'll be your friend on your side.
Always, Matsutake.

Solidago altissima (Josh Lynn)

Goldenrods are rude
Crowding up entire old fields
Manners are needed.

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii (Luka Negoita)

Dominant in fields,
Pappus land every island,
New York Aster—Maine?

Ursus arctos (Doug Frank)

Unable to see. 
Loud twig snaps. Heart pounds. Brown bear 
emerges from fog.

Laportea canadensis (Jason Fridley)

What's in a name? One
so pure, romantic, but like
love spurned, stings like hell.

Smilax rotundifolia (Eric Fridley)

A snake-like body,
heart-shaped and glossy with sharp
My ruined pants.

Sarracenia purpurea (John Craddock)

Wife's thesis topic, now dead.
Bathroom shelf's no bog.

Pinus taeda (Erin Stepowany)

Branches reach skyward
Fixture of the Outer Banks
Ospreys' landing strip.

Juglans nigra (Eliza Lehner)

Spread your juglone and be free
What a good walnut 

For Kelsey (Jannice Friedman)
Now the leaves throw shade
beneath they scorn the sun's loss.
Saved by plastic traits.

Quercus ihavenoidea (Alex Ebert)
The mystery oak
Traits so clear, yet no book holds
its intriguing truth

Quercus macrocarpa (Kelsey Martinez)

Ancient furrowed bark. 
Branches mourn savannas lost,
Now shepherds of corn.

Dr. Kelsey Martinez (Jason Fridley)

A rare breed ponders
specific leaf area
climbing Mt. Fuji.

Dr. Elise Hinman (Alex Ebert)

Plants with wicked thorns;
inspiring talk. Both cases,
successful defense.

Spring in Yellowstone (Jacob Penner)

Warm days, melting snow
Time to grow quickly before
Chomp! Goes the bison

Galium sp. (Alice Fox)

Carpet of cleavers,
You are so easy to pull,
Galium, my fave.​

Juniperus virginiana (Alice Fox)

Eastern red cedar,
the secret to succession
in tiny bonsai.

Raphanus raphanistrum (Alice Fox)

Spicy, pungent roots
Thinking of you in salad
Makes me Raphanus.

Tree talk (Elise Hinman) 

Cross-sectional soul
Arcane trees speak from the heart
Ring in the new year!

Pinus ponderosa (Mark Lesser)

Vanilla wafting
jigsaw puzzle solitaire
icon of the West

Picea rubens (Luka Negoita)

Towering in height,
Little wings take to the air,
Landing in water.

Sassafras albidum (Elise Hinman)

Raindrop, mitt, or paw?
Incense confesses the truth
Silky sassafras

Lindera benzoin (Jason Fridley)

The common spicebush.
So early to go yellow.
Afraid of the dark?

Toxicodendron radicans (Eric Fridley)

Tho not a true 
Ivy, your sap rests deep in my 
dermis. So itchy.

Rubus idaeus (Luka Negoita)

Many rasp-like spines,
Yet fruit delicious to bird,
Splotch in the ocean.

Pleradenophora longicuspis (Robi Bagchi)

White poisonwood sap
So innocent yet painful
Your sap in my eye

Euphorbia pulcherrima (Hana Jo)

Red-cheeked little girl
She only smiles in winter
To warm people's heart?

Lonicera japonica (Elise Hinman)

Fortress of taut vines
Can I have just one root, please?
Oh japonica!

The impossible assignment (Alaä Craddock)

Select only one?
No! All I can see is the
lovely tangled bank.

Untitled (Sadie Fridley)

Teen's view on plants:
tricky and complicated
A in Bio though