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Category Archives: ecology
Here are some shadblow (Amelanchier canadensis) or serviceberry leaves that I collected from my yard this past Fall. Their tattered appearance speaks of the heavy use that the local ecology has made of them. Not only did they provide sugars … Continue reading
After a brief walk around the back-yard woodlot yesterday, here’s what ended up in my pocket.
Here’s something truly amazing that sprouted recently in my backyard. They are plants called Indian pipe, or ghost plant, or corpse plant. The Latin name is Monotropa uniflora. It has no green to it because it has no chlorophyll! No … Continue reading
More wintry weather for us tonight and tomorrow. While we wait for new spring leaves, here are some more leaves from my yard last fall. 1. Tar spot looks like tar on the leaf, but is caused by a fungus, … Continue reading
These are sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) leaves. They are quite common here in the Eastern US and give us some very nice Fall color. 1. These tufts of hairs are called domatia, which means little houses. As far as biologists can … Continue reading