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Howell’s Marsh Marigold

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Howell’s marsh marigold (Caltha leptosepala) is a “snowbank” flower, blooming early in the season as soon as the snow melts. The buds of this native perennial are produced in the autumn and remain dormant over the winter. Flowering commences once … Continue reading

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Ponderosa Pine Regeneration

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Ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa) are considered one of the most fire resistant conifers in the west because of their seedlings’ propensity to benefit from mineral soil seedbeds and open habitats created by wildfires. This fire resistance increases as the tree … Continue reading

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Small Enchanter’s Nightshade

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There is no good explanation for the species name and the common name of small enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea alpina). A native perennial, small enchanter’s nightshade is not related to either the deadly nightshade (Atropa) or the European nightshades (Solanum). So … Continue reading

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Rare Visitor

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In nearly 40 years, Leonard only saw a red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) on our property one time. That was until last week, when a solitary male crossbill was in the hybrid poplars next to the house along Modoc County Road … Continue reading

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Lemmon Ceanothus

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The genus, Ceanothus, has over 45 species in North America. Lemmon¬† ceanothus (Ceanothus lemmonii) is named for John Gill Lemmon (1832 – 1908) who along with his wife, Sara, collected plants throughout the American West for Asa Gray. A native … Continue reading

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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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