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Shadblow Leaf 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

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Fruit in its Season

After a brief walk around the back-yard woodlot yesterday, here’s what ended up in my pocket.

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Silver Maple Leaf Ecology

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

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Sweetgum Leaf Ecology

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

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Hickory Leaf Ecology

Shown is a mockernut hickory (Cara tomentosa) leaf from a young tree in my back yard. I plucked the leaf so that my kids could feel that it is fuzzy underneath, which is how you know it’s a mockernut and … Continue reading

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Hickory

The shutdown is over! (Hooray!) Instead of a puzzle today, I’ll share this hickory leaf (yes, that’s one leaf. It’s a compound leaf). We’ve been in our house for several months, but only recently (during the shutdown–I had extra time) … Continue reading

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