Redwood Needles and Cones

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Since my last post about coast redwoods (see “Redwood Longevity”¬† from 10-14-18) Leonard and I spent several days amid the coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) on the Northern California Coast. On this trip I collected some mature redwood cones. While staring … Continue reading

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Redwood Longevity

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Coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) normally live between 1,000 and 1,500 years. One redwood was determined to be 2,200 years old. (see “Coast Redwood” on 10-13-18) To achieve these phenomenal life spans, coast redwoods have many adaptations to help them survive. … Continue reading

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Coast Redwood

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Leonard and I visited the redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) more often than usual this year. I never tire of hiking among these magnificent trees. Although there are as many as 40 fossil forms of redwoods distributed throughout North America, currently there … Continue reading

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Red Cone Gall

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There are over 800 species of cynipid wasps, most of which use oak trees as their egg-laying sites. The red cone gall is induced by the cynipid wasp Andricus kingi. Red cone galls occur on the leaves of blue, Oregon¬† … Continue reading

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Pacific Rhododendron

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The genus Rhododendron contains over 800 tree and shrub species worldwide. Of these, 21 are native to North America and 2 are native to California. In my last post, “Western Azalea” on 09-28-18, I discussed a Rhododendron native to California. … Continue reading

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Western Azalea

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Western azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) is an erect, multi-stemmed, loosely branched shrub that grows up to 10 feet in height. A native member of the Heath Family, western azalea grows in the moist coniferous forests of California and Oregon up to … Continue reading

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Bull Elephants Head

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Leonard and I often plan hikes around specific wildflowers or some other natural history topic. As often as not we do not find our “quest”, but there is always something interesting. Bull elephants head (Pedicularis groenlandica) was our objective on … Continue reading

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