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2016 THE MICHIGAN BOTANIST 73 IN THIS ISSUE Thomas G. Lammers leads off this issue with an excursion into botanical his- tory, in this case an investigation of the life and work of Nathan Coleman, a lit- tle-known botanist who published a catalogue of the plants of Michigan�s Lower Peninsula in 1874. The little that had previously been known was encompassed in a single paragraph in Edward G. Voss�s comprehensive historical study, Botan- ical Beachcombers and Explorers: Pioneers of the 19th Century in the Upper Great Lakes, published in 1978. Dr. Lammers provides a wealth of detail to flesh out this very interesting life. Floyd Swink authored the well-known and comprehensive Plants of the Chicago Region, which encompassed four editions between 1969 and 1994 and covered 22 counties in four states at the southern end of Lake Michigan. Now, after 23 years of very active taxonomic and nomenclatural changes and field ex- ploration, Gerould Wilhelm, who joined Swink as coauthor in the last two edi- tions, in turn joins with Laura Rericha to produce a greatly expanded Flora of the Chicago Region: a Floristic and Ecological Synthesis, covering the same 22 counties, which is expected to be published early in 2017. In preparation for that volume, they are publishing here the formal description of a new species and 22 new combinations that will appear in the new flora. The third article, by Neil Harriman, is a short exercise in a technical but im- portant area of botanical nomenclature, establishing the sequence and publica- tion dates of the 20 elements that constitute an important early publication on fern taxonomy. Two noteworthy collections articles by very active field botanists in the Great Lakes area report the first record of Hypericum adpressum in Michigan and the rediscovery of Mimulus alatus in the same state. A review by Larry Nood�n of Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan follows, which comple- ments another review of the same book in the previous issue of The Michigan Botanist. Among the announcements at the end of this issue is a notice that this journal will change its name to The Great Lakes Botanist at the beginning of 2017 and expand its geographical coverage to all of North America north of Mexico. ��Michael Huft Page 74