We usually think of mushrooms as popping up fast and disintegrating rapidly. Many puffballs come up and disperse spores in fall, then persist all winter under the snow. Once revealed in spring, they continue to release spores when stepped on by animals or impacted by rain drops. Wonderful strategy to ensure dispersal of millions of spores in fall, spring, and into the summer.
Mistletoe grows on catsclaw, Utah juniper, scrub oak,and mesquite in the desert hills of Nevada. On the border of California on the way to Death Valley, every tree in the saline flats had several growths. The hemi-parastic plant sends roots … Continue reading →