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

Treacherous conduits (Elise Hinman)

Leaf superhighway
Ice-related accident
Got infrastructure?

Carex grayi (Alex Ebert)

Like a morningstar,
beautiful and fierce are your
perigynia

Plantago lanceolata (Catherine Ravenscroft)

Cosmopolitan 
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)

Circumboreal
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
spines. 
My ruined pants.

Sarracenia purpurea (John Craddock)

Sarracenia.
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)

Allelopathic 
Spread your juglone and be free
What a good walnut 






Quercus macrocarpa (Kelsey Martinez)

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

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.