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Thread: Sphagnum bog

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    I know for sure the land was a large wetland before it was developed. The present development is even called Windsor Ponds. I have searched the entire property and have found no CPs and only about 20 species of native plants. The closest thing to a true bog plant I found was Rhexia, and I do not even know if that genus is native to NJ. The entire area is dominated by the following plants-
    - Rubus phoenicolasius- lots of it
    -Urtica dioica
    -some species of grass that is very vigorous and invasive
    - toxicodendron radicans
    - not really a plant but algae- it takes up almost the entire pond in the summer
    I am specifically looking for seeds from plants from close locations- I would not go plant a venosa in a site in NJ. I will look again in the summer and hopefully find at least one species, which would eliminate the need for introduction. By the way, there are hardly any native species left there, so I do not think the introduction of a single species would make much of a difference.

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    I re plant areas suitable for but lacking carnivorous plants and native orchids all the time. I'm always careful to use plants from within a short distance of the area I'm planting though. I've successfully replanted natural and man made boggy areas with Drosera intermedia, Drosera rotundifolia, Saracenia purpurea purpurea, Utricularia macrohiza, Utricularia inflata and, several local orchid species. Rhexia is native to NJ. I've found it growing wild as far north as NH, although the northern forms are much shorter and more stunted looking than the forms I've seen in the south.

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    I have found various bog plants such as rhexia there. They have even colonized my artificial bog.
    I would like to resurrect this thread because I have now done more research on the area and have discovered much more suitable places. There are massive pristine mats of sphagnum scattered along the ground and there is shallow water in between. It is very sunny in most spots and is surrounded by a thick barrier of button bushes, blueberries, and various other shrubs. I will try to take a few good photos, but it is very extensive and is hard to capture in a few photos. We have found no drosera or anything at all and have checked very thoroughly. I think it would be a good idea to at least put a few seeds of plants from nearby locations. Please give me your feedback.

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    Pretty inactive here my good man... I will make a new thread in reference to this with your post's same content.

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