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Spring Ephemerals

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Ali Touloupas


North Carolina University Vascular Plant Herbarium


Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC)

Funding Source

National Science Foundation under award 1410069. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Help us celebrate warmer weather and longer days by seeking out these short-lived wonders.

Spring ephemerals are nature’s reward for surviving winter. Spring ephemerals emerge during the transition from winter to spring. Spring ephemerals are an indicator that spring is on its way. These unique plants thrive under unusual conditions. They need to complete their life cycle before they lose access to sunlight. They only have access to sunlight for a brief period of time - they get shaded out by tree leaves once spring is in full swing. The Southeastern United States is home to several species of spring ephemerals. Help us show appreciation for these phenomenal plants while supplementing our database of herbarium specimens.  


Geographic Scope

Worldwide with an emphasis on southeastern North America

Taxonomic Scope

Temporal Scope


Language Skills Required



1 Expeditions 2641 Digitizations 72 Participants

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Violets of the Southeast

Viola, Violaceae

2641 Digitizations

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