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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Fuentes, Tracy [1].

Using community science records to assess the phenology and distribution of a shade tolerant invasive plant in the Pacific Northwest.

Detecting invasive plants over a wide geographic range can help in estimating the threat and predicting potential impacts on community diversity and structure. Community science platforms like iNaturalist allow volunteers to share digital photos of organisms, observation dates, and geographic coordinates where the observation occurred. I used iNaturalist records to document the distribution, phenology, and presence of ornamental characteristics of yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon). This shade tolerant, herbaceous perennial plant appears to be readily escaping from gardens into a variety of habitats. Of the 480 observations, 325 were from British Columbia, 114 were from Washington State, and 41 were from Oregon. Of the specimens examined thus far, all had variegated leaves. About 25% had flowers. With distinctive yellow flowers and an often variegated form, yellow archangel represents an excellent case study to show how researchers and weed managers can use high quality community science data to inform their understanding of invasive species detectability, distribution, spread, and response to the environmental conditions of its new range.

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1 - University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 98195, USA

invasive species

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: BIHDII, Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization II
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM(EDT)
Number: BIHDII005
Abstract ID:1009
Candidate for Awards:None

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