So it’s not exactly on the forefront of scientific discover, but I recently came across a species of Vernonia out of its documented range. This is according to the state universities’ herbarium online databases at least. I obviously have it up as an observation on here, but other than that, who can I contact that might want to know more?
I should also clarify that I’m going to try to contact the conservation organization that owns the land to see if they did any “restoration” plantings/seedings. This observation was the only plant I saw in the area, so if they did try to establish this species here, it isn’t working very well haha. I think it’s also not likely a garden escapee because I doubt people are planting Vernonia (although it is a cool plant). who knows?