Flora

Photographs of the watershed, open for submissions.

Please send your photographs to   lori4675@gmail.com   along with any information you would like attached [i.e. the plant/s or animal/s or location definitions, and your name if you would like it included].

 

Monday, 30th Oct 2017: If correctly identified from “The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms” by Holmberg & Marklund: these mushrooms might be Conifer tuft [Hypholóma capnoídes]. They grow on rotting tree stumps, late fall.

 

28th April 2017: Garry oak meadow with Shooting stars

 

 

27th April 2017: Calypso bulbosa [Fairy slipper orchid] private property Kerryview Hill

 

12th April 2017: Lysichiton americanus [Western skunk cabbage] private property Kerryview Hill

 

10th June 2017: Digitalis [Foxglove] private property off Prospect Lake Road

 

10th April 2017 – Erythronium [ Fawn lilies] on property neighbouring Whitehead Park

 

 

Trillium on Walking Trail between Stevens Road and Echo Road: 25th March 2017

 

 

Jan 11th: Ragbag Lichen, attached to Garry oak tree.

 

Monotropa uniflora, also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant. See the last photo here for the dialogue regarding ‘saprophyte’ versus ‘parasite’ designation and why there was a change in this status within the last few years.

 

Photographed on Prospect Lake private property, July 2017.

 

 

 

This plant is white as it does not contain chlorophyll; considered parasitic because it doesn’t get energy from the sun, but from hosts which are a type of fungi, which in turn are in a symbiotic relationship with photosynthetic trees, therefore it can grow in very dark environments [i.e. the understory of dense forest].  Until recently, Indian Pipe was considered a saprophyte (meaning it lives on dead plant material recycling the nutrients) not a parasite (meaning something that lives on living material, plant or animal). But recent science has changed the designation: “Monotropa uniflora is, indeed a plant, but it has evolved into an entity that no longer needs chlorophyll to produce energy for itself. Instead, it steals energy from other plants—specifically from trees. It does this in a tricky, roundabout way by joining its roots with the mycelia of mushrooms that, in turn, are networking symbiotically with the roots of nearby trees. The Ghost Plant is a parasite. The mushrooms involved, are not.”  http://sci-why.blogspot.ca/2015/05/the-ghost-plant-monotropa-uniflora.html 

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