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Emma Cole’s Grand Rapid’s Flora,publishedin 1901, has been an important source of information on the plants of western Michigan for over a century. In our first article, Garrett Crow brings the nomenclature of this work up to date, reveals the substantial physical documentation underlying the Flora, and provides much additional information that will be invaluable to botanists today in studying the Michigan flora.This is the first part of amultifacetedprojectbyDr. Crow and his collaborators to reexamine the flora of the Grand Rapids area to provide a modern assessment of that flora.

Richard Pearce and James Pringle then provide the details and results of their wide-ranginginvestigation intotheoriginofthecommonnameofJoe-Pye-weed, which applies to a group of five species in the genus Eutrochium that occur in the eastern United States.

Theremainder ofthis issueconsists of several reports of rangeextensionsand first state or region reports for representatives of the green algae, slime molds, and flowering plants. These are followed by two interesting book reviews. One deals with Native American ethnobotany and particularly with the teaching and experiences of an Ojibwe medicine woman, Keewaydinoquay Peschel.The other explores the important biological relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweeds.

——Michael Huft


I wish to thank the following people who reviewed manuscripts during 2017 for The Great Lakes Botanist. Their comments were important, both to the authors and to the editor, and their efforts, which are essential to maintaining the high quality of the journal, are greatly appreciated.

DennisAlbert JulianMonge-Nájera

Samuel Brinker Michael Penskar

Robyn Burnham A. Reznicek

Charlotte Gyllenhaal Michael Rotter

Emmet Judziewicz Ryne Rutherford

Harold Keller J. Dan Skean, Jr.

Thomas Lammers Bradford Slaughter

Daniel Moerman