Darlingtonia Flower

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Continuing the discussion of Darlingtonia (Darlingtonia californica) begun earlier this week (see “Carnivorous Darlingtonia” from 06-13-18): Nodding Darlingtonia flowers occur at the tip of leafless stalks which may have a few, scattered scales. The flower has five creamy sepals with … Continue reading

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Carnivorous Darlingtonia

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In my last post (“Darlingtonia” on 06-11-2018) I described the structure of a Darlingtonia (Darlingtonia californica) plant. This carnivorous plant, which often grows on nutrient-poor substrates, has evolved its unusual form to trap insects and thus supplement its nutritional requirements. … Continue reading

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Darlingtonia

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This is going to be Darlingtonia (Darlingtonia californica) week. I love this unusual plant. There are 3 genera and 17 species in the Pitcher Plant Family (Sarraceniaceae) found in North America. Of these 17 species only one is found in … Continue reading

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California Lady’s Slipper

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Leonard and I were delighted to discover a second interesting wildflower along the Stony Creek Trail in the Six Rivers National Recreation Area (Del Norte County CA). A native perennial, California lady’s slipper (Cypripedium californicum) belongs to the Orchid Family. … Continue reading

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Yellow Inside-out Flower

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Superficially, except for its color, the yellow inside-out flower (Vancouveria chrysantha) resembles the northern inside-out flower (Vancouveria hexandra – see “Northern Inside-out Flower” on 06-04-18). Upon closer examination other differences can be noted.  Some of the ways yellow inside-out flower … Continue reading

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Northern Inside-out Flower

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The northern inside-out flower (Vancouveria hexandra) has a flower that resembles a shooting star in aspect. The six white petals and stamens are reflexed backward and folded over at the tips exposing the six purplish, glandular, hairy stamens surrounding the … Continue reading

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Yellow Sand Verbena

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Yellow sand verbena (Abronia latifolia) grows on sandy coastal beaches and dunes along the Pacific Coast. Fine, glandular hairs cover the entire plant making it sticky. As a result it is impossible to brush all the sand off of the … Continue reading

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