Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat

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While visiting the John Muir National Historic Site (Martinez CA) I was captivated by specimens of Santa Cruz Island buckwheat (Eriogonum arborescens). This shrub has an interesting form and was unlike most of the buckwheat species common in Northeastern California … Continue reading

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Cutleaf Beach Bur

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In late October when Leonard and I visited the Oregon and California Coasts, we were surprised at the number of wildflowers still in bloom. Cutleaf beach bur (Ambrosia chamissonis) was one of these late flowers at Chrissy Field State Park … Continue reading

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Yellowjacket Nest

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This month Leonard and I were walking at Little Lavas near Modoc National Forest Road 56 (Modoc County CA) when we came across a underground nest dug up by some animal. The papery combs were scattered around the underground hive … Continue reading

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Sitka Valerian

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Sitka valerian (Valeriana sitchensis) grows in mountain meadows, along stream banks and in open subalpine forests from mid to, more usually, high elevations in Alaska, Western Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana.. The subalpine meadows where Sitka valerian is … Continue reading

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Mule Fat

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Mule fat has two phenological forms. (Phenological refers to periodic biological phenomenon that are related to climatic conditions.) In the summer this native shrub has terminal inflorescences and the leaves are more likely to be toothed. In spring and fall … Continue reading

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Cotton Grass

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Last May Leonard and I discovered what we thought was a member of the Sedge Family growing in a boggy area just west of the covered bridge on Howland Hill Road near the boundary of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park … Continue reading

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Q tips

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The inflorescences of Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) members are called heads. Heads are complex and consist of many flowers situated on a receptacle and surrounded by involucral bracts called phyllaries. Each individual flower on the head may be surrounded by papery … Continue reading

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