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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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Fringed Twinevine

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Fringed twinevine (Funastrum cynanchoides) was previously included in the Milkweed Family but is now considered a member of the Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae). Funastrum cynanchoides currently has a confused taxonomy with some researchers believing it should be separated into two subspecies … Continue reading

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Scouler’s Valerian

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Scouler’s valerian (Valeriana scouleri) resembles Sitka valerian (Valeriana sitchensis) so closely that it is often considered a subspecies (Valeriana sitchensis ssp scouleri) of Sitka valerian. I discussed Sitka valerian in a post late last year (see “Sitka Valerian” from 11-27-2018) … Continue reading

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Common Hareleaf

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Common hareleaf (Lagophylla ramossissma) is a native annual found in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah. Its habitat encompasses grasslands, scrub openings, woodlands and forests, particularly dry areas. The yellow flowers, and plant itself, are often difficult to … Continue reading

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