Fixating on Figworts in Virginia

The figworts (formerly Scrophulariaceae) are colorful members of the Virginia flora that sometimes parasitize other plants.

The figworts, aka scrophs, are striking plants that usually have bilaterally symmetric flowers. They employ a wide variety of life history strategies, including parasitizing other plants. For example, the diminutive beech drops (Epiphagus virginiana) is a parasite on beech trees. Several years ago many of the genera in the Scrophulariaceae were transferred to other families, especially the Orobanchaceae and Plantaginaceae.  You can help us to understand the distribution and diversity of these charismatic plants while brushing up on the recent taxonomic changes in this group.

How to Participate

This project has the following active expeditions:

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Fixating on Figworts in Virginia   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
Massey Herbarium (Virginia Tech) 
Jordan Metzgar 
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Project Partners
The Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections 
Funding Source
National Science Foundation under award 1410069. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 
Geographic Scope
Taxonomic Scope
Vascular plants 
Temporal Scope
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Virginia, southeastern USA, flora, native plants, Virginia Native Plant Society 
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Heat Map of Collection Location of Transcribed Specimens