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Woolly Leaf Gall Midge

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A midge belonging to the genus Blaesodiplosis induces galls on the leaves of a shrub commonly called serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia). The hairy, white galls have red tips and are monothalamous (have only one chamber). The galls occur on the upper … Continue reading

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Eaton’s Daisy

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In May, a waste lot along Modoc County Road 95 (CA) near the Lookout railroad junction was covered with Eaton’s daisies (Erigeron eatonii). This member of the Sunflower Family is a native perennial growing in sandy and rocky flats, open … Continue reading

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California Quail Nest

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Leonard has a “California native plant” garden in our yard near Lookout CA (Modoc County). The garden is a natural area with native wildflowers interspersed among the native grasses, Indian ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides¬† see my 09-13-13 post) being one of … Continue reading

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Ursus americanus

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A few days ago Leonard and I were in Upper Kings Creek Meadow at Lassen Volcanic National Park. While I photographed some Sierra corydalis (see¬†Sierra corydalis 08-09-17), Leonard wandered off searching for other wildflowers. Soon Leonard rushed back. There was … Continue reading

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Sierra Corydalis

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A native perennial endemic to California, Sierra corydalis (Corydalis caseana ssp. caseana) grows along moist, shaded stream banks and other wet habitats. There are eight recognized C. caseana subspecies, all of which are geographically isolated. These specimens, belonging to the … Continue reading

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Nevada Bitterroot

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Nevada bitterroot (Lewisia nevadensis) is a native perennial that can be found in the Rocky Mountain states and westward at elevations of 4,500 to 12,000 feet. Its habitat is moist mountain meadows, open forests and vernally moist gravel flats. Pygmy … Continue reading

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Tobacco Brush

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A member of the Buckthorn Family, Ceanothus velutinus has many common names including mountain balm, sticky laurel, snowbrush, and white lilac. It is sometimes even called red root, a name given to many members of the Ceanothus genus because of … Continue reading

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