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Cristate Saguaro

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The saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) cactus with its uplifted arms is an iconic symbol of the Southwestern Deserts. Occasionally (I read estimates ranging from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 200,000) saguaro grow with the tip producing fan-like forms, or variations … Continue reading

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Another Dye Polypore

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Although I already discussed dye polypores (Phaeolus schweinitzii) in a previous post (“Dye Polypore” on 10-30-2011), I was fascinated by this specimen growing along the Hatton-Hiouchi Trail in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (Del Norte County CA). This fungus grows … Continue reading

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Coues Whitetail

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The coues whitetail (Odocoileus virginianus couesi) is a subspecies of the common eastern whitetail (Odocoileus virginianus). It is a denizen of mountain ranges in Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. It can be found between 3,500 and 9,000+ feet in elevation … Continue reading

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Prunus Witches’ Broom

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  Continuing on the bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata) theme: The yeast-like sac fungus Taphrina confusa induces witches’ brooms on several Prunus species. Although the western choke cherry (P virginiana) and Sierra plum (P subcordata) are most often infected, Leonard and … Continue reading

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Bitter Cherry Fruits

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By August, red drupes have formed from the white bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata) flowers discussed in my previous post  (see “Bitter Cherry” on 03-17-19). Bitter cherry fruits are very bitter and astringent. I can attest to how unpalatable these pretty … Continue reading

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Bitter Cherry

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Bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata) is a native shrub or small tree found from British Columbia to Baja and east into the Rocky Mountain States. The two varieties of P emarginata are distinguished, in part, by their growth form: one more … Continue reading

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Happy Ending

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This post is simply a story with a happy ending and pictures of a cute little bird. Last week a friend brought over a lesser goldfinch female (Spinus psaltria) that crashed into her glass sliding door in Lookout CA (Modoc … Continue reading

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