Articles, Posts, and Blogs on Flora and Fungi are listed below:
There have been reports of Striped Coralroot recently so I will repost this story from April of last year.
There is a group of wildflowers that have learned how to cheat photosynthesis. This allows them to simplify physical structure and eliminate the work of making chlorophyll and their own food. It confers a significant survival advantage in low-light forest conditions.
This is a re-post of my article from about one year ago. Look around on road sides or bare disturbed ground and you are likely to see the small yellow flowers of Bur Buttercup (Ranunculus testiculatus). It is also known … Continue reading →
The last extinction occurred 65 million years ago when it is believed that a six mile wide asteroid hit the earth killing off the dinosaurs. Many scientists agree that the next mass extinction might happen sooner rather than later– as … Continue reading →
In B.C., we have three native columbines – yellow columbine, blue columbine, and red columbine. … Continue reading →
This informative article on plant use by the Secwepemc is from Jim Cooperman’s blog, Shuswap Passion. … Continue reading →
The wet fall has certainly been a boon to mushroom enthusiasts, especially in the Douglas Fir forests and above. I have even seen mushrooms sprouting in our driest grasslands. While I am not very experienced at identifying mushrooms and related … Continue reading →
Recent rains are bringing up fall mushrooms. Here are a few to be on the lookout for. … Continue reading →
Thank-you to Doug Smith for submitting these photos from a recent trip he took to the Wells Gray region. We are on the cusp of the fall mushroom fruiting season so be on the lookout wherever you are hiking. Even … Continue reading →
Submitted by Gary Hunt In spite of the extreme heat we have been experiencing, mushrooms continue to appear in our surrounding forested areas. North-facing slopes and moist gullies can yield fun surprises even during extreme heat waves. One striking example … Continue reading →
It is always enjoyable to share a new discovery even if it is a common thing that one should have seen before now. I was doing some recent field work south of Merritt in Douglas Fir forests. I was with … Continue reading →
Submitted by Margaret Graham. Photos by Adele Stapleton and Richard Doucette A group of 10 club members answered the call to pull the common burdock (Arctium minus) around the Nature Walk at McArthur Island. A variety of tools were used … Continue reading →
Contributed by Ellie Hill & Margaret Graham with photos by Adele Stapleton and plant identification by Jesse Ritcey Cooler weather prevailed as our Naturalist Club group ventured forth on Sunday, June 3 to explore the grasslands of Lac Du Bois, … Continue reading →
Welcome to Mushroom Monday for April 30, 2018 With the recent appearance of a few species of ink cap mushrooms, we can expect to see them through the summer and fall. The big majority of ink cap mushrooms (called the … Continue reading →
Welcome to Mushroom Monday for April 23, 2018 The cup fungi are a wide-spread and variable group of cup-shaped mushrooms. The most conspicuous ones are often colourful. There are hundreds of species with many being hard to identify and requiring … Continue reading →
Welcome to Mushroom Monday for April 16, 2018 Puffballs are a specialized group of mushrooms that produce spheroidal fruitbodies. They belong to a group called Gastromycetes meaning “stomach fungi.” In this group, spores are produced internally in sacs that are … Continue reading →
Hank and I went to the Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park today. In the restored wetland, this elderberry is unfurling. The delicate green ball, cradled by purple leaves, will later differentiate into hundreds of creamy-white flowers. And these flowers will eventually develop … Continue reading →
Hank & I have been getting to know the Barnes Lake Trails. Yesterday, we arrived during light showers, and as the sun came and went, I photographed sagebrush galls while Hank did whatever he likes to do. Near the lake, … Continue reading →
If you have walked around in the grasslands, you may have noticed strange growths on the sagebrush. These growths, called galls, form when some organism – usually an insect – develops within the plant’s tissues. … Continue reading →
Welcome to Mushroom Monday for April 9, 2018
Posted by Gary Hunt
Snowbank fungi are species that fruit adjacent to melting show. They are represented by a diverse array of species found in forested regions, primarily higher elevations, of western North America ranging from New Mexico to Canada. They may be saprophytic (decomposers), symbiotic (mycorrhizal) or even pathogenic.
Do you know what these little grassland babies will be when they grow up? Try your luck matching the germinants (1-4) to their grown-up form (A-D) below. Click on the images to enlarge them! … Continue reading →