Term: plants, native
Definition: botanical species that grew wild within the boundaries of Wisconsin before modern agriculture and its crops displaced them.
Scientist Increase Lapham, in his Geographical and Topographical Description of Wisconsin... (Milwaukee, 1844) lists them on pages 77-84, concluding, "The number of plants that have been detected and examined in the county of Milwaukee, without including mosses, and the lower orders of Cryptogarn, is 878. In adjoining counties, besides the above, 97. In northern Wisconsin, besides the above, (collected by Dr.Houghton and others), 82. Total number of species already detected - 857. But as much of the country has not been visited by any botanist, we may fairly presume that this is far from being the actual number..."
[Source: Lapham, Increase Allen. A geographical and topographical description of Wisconsin... (Milwaukee: P.C. Hale, 1844)]