By Erik Moore
In the September/October (2017) issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, the young naturalists’ article on “weird and wonderful” plants provides an array of fantastic images of lesser known native plant species.
In the magazine’s editorial note, Keith Goetzman asks “How often do you discover something surprising, something fascinating, in nature and wonder, Why didn’t I notice that before?” The same can be said of the many wonderful and fascinating items and collections found in archives.
What follows are several images held in the University of Minnesota Archives that depict the “weird and wonderful” plants featured in this issue. Some of these photographs may be the oldest known images of these plants in Minnesota.
Monotropa uniflora (Indian Pipe)
Impatiens capensis (Jewelweed)
Opuntia fragilis (Brittle Prickly Pear)
Sarracenia purpurea (Pitcher Plant)
—Erik Moore is the University Archivist and Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy. To learn more about the University of Minnesota Archives, please visit www.lib.umn.edu/uarchives.