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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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Yay space!

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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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Chestnut Oak Leaf Ecology

I believe, but I’m not totally sure that I have Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus) and Swamp Chestnut Oak (Quercus michauxii) growing in my backyard. The two leaves on the left I think are Swamp Chestnut Oak. The leaf on the … Continue reading

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Grasshopper Gears Mechanical gears in nature. Pretty cool! ..and Leonhard Euler gets a shout-out.

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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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