Yellow Salsify Achenes

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Before leaving the topic of “salsify” I will share its achenes (a hard fruit with one seed within). The salsify achene has a beak (elongated tip) and a pappus (bristles at the top). The pappus bristles are plumose (feathery). The … Continue reading

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Common Salsify

Common Salsify

Common Salsify

Common salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius) is another wildflower or noxious weed introduced from Eurasia. Also called oysterplant, this salsify closely resembles the yellow salsify (Tragopogon dubius) in my last post, with the main difference being common salsify is purple while yellow salsify is, well, yellow. Common salsify also tends to grow in moister habitats than its yellow cousin and its root is considered less bitter and fibrous, making common salsify more palatable. I have never eaten common salsify so cannot comment on its edibility. This plant was photographed in an empty lot in Ashland OR (Jackson County).

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Yellow Salsify

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Yellow salsify (Tragopogon dubius) is a weedy plant belonging to the Sunflower Family. Introduced from Eurasia, yellow salsify grows in relatively dry waste areas, roadsides and fields. The bright yellow flower heads are composed entirely of bisexual ligulate flowers (a … Continue reading

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2015 Killdeer Chicks

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Over two days the four killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) eggs in the scrape nest located on our driveway (Modoc County CA) hatched. I was surprised to see the early hatchlings wander about near the mother while she continued to incubate the … Continue reading

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2015 Osprey Nests

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I spend a lot of time observing two osprey nests near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). Although I cannot see any chicks yet, the adults are definitely “tending” – probably eggs. Osprey have five distinctive calls that sound like high-pitched … Continue reading

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Female Common Whitetail

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Dragonflies begin life as a tiny egg scattered on the surface of the water, buried in the mud of a stream bottom or inserted into vegetation floating on or overhanging water. Within several weeks or after overwintering, nymphs (the larval … Continue reading

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Oregon Sidalcea

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Found in moist meadows, Oregon sidalcea (Sidalcea oregania) is a Western native with rose-colored flowers clustered along the tip of the stem. The lower leaves are rounded with shallow lobes while the upper leaves are deeply divided with 5 to … Continue reading

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