Western Bluebird – A Small Thrush

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Western bluebirds (Sialia mexicanus) are members of the Turdidae Family¬† – the thrushes. I tend to forget that these little blue, orange and grey birds are related to robins and solitares, also members of the Thrush Family. Thrushes generally are … Continue reading

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Macloskey’s Violet

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A native perennial, Macloskey’s violet (Viola macloskeyi) was named after George Macloskey (Macloskie), an Irish naturalist, author and educator who lived from 1834 to 1920. This small, white violet has many colloquial names including small white violet, northern white violet … Continue reading

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Sickle Milkvetch

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Astragalus is a large genus which also has pea-like flowers (“Pea Flower Arrangement” 11-20-2017). Its members are often very similar and difficult to distinguish. I believe these plants, growing in May along Washoe County (Nevada) Road 8A just east of … Continue reading

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Spanish Broom

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Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) has pea-like flowers as described in my previous post (“Pea Flower Arrangement” 11-20-17). Spanish broom is the only species in its genus, Spartium, but is closely related to French and Scotch brooms and gorse. Native to … Continue reading

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Pea Flower Arrangement

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As I was writing a post on Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) I referred to its pea-like flower. We often refer to a flower as being “pea-like” and give no further description. What is a “pea-like flower”? Members of the Pea … Continue reading

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Tylobolus uncigerus

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Millipedes are arthropods (jointed bodies and legs, no backbone) belonging to the subphylum Myriapodia (many legs).¬† Millipeds are not insects or aradchnids (spiders) but are more closely related to lobsters, shrimp and crayfish. Worldwide there are over 10,000 species of … Continue reading

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Budsage

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Western mugwort, discussed in my last post (“Western Mugwort” on 11-13-17) is a member of the Artemisia genus. Another member of this genus is budsage (Artemisia spinescens). That said, it must be noted that some taxonomists separate budsage from Artemisia … Continue reading

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