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Unless stated otherwise: all notes are from Plants of Coastal British Columbia by Pojar & MacKinnon [1994 edition].
2019: top of page are the most recently posted
Chocolate lily [Fritillaria lanceolata], not quite blooming yet: April 16/ 2019.
From South Prospect Lake Park, April 15th/ 2019:
Fungus growing on a log stump.
Miner’s-lettuce [Claytonia perfoliata]: a somewhat succlent annual, called Miner’s-lettuce because early miners and settlers used it as a salad vegetable. [from Pojar & Mackinnon]
From Estelline Road, April 15th/ 2019
Pink fawn lily [Erythronium revolutum]: First Nations ate the bulbs of the pink fawn lily [from Pojar & Mackinnon].
Double-headed White Fawn lily [Erythronium oregonum] April 15th/ 2019
Private Property: Trillium
Western Trillium [Trillium ovatum] 14 April 2019.
Western Trillium [Trillium ovatum], not quite as open. 14 April 2019.
Bigleaf maple [Acer macrophyllum]: “… the winged seeds descend like little helicopters, which greatly increases their dispersal… and sprouts can grow over 3 m tall in a single year.” from Plants of Coastal British Columbia by Pojar & MacKinnon, 1994. This photo taken March 26th 2019
Satin-flower [Sisyrinchium douglasii]: “… perenial to 30 cm… [found on] dry rocky bluffs and meadows, open opak woodlands… one of our earliest spring flowers” from Plants of Coastal British Columbia by Pojar & MacKinnon, 1994.This photo taken March 26th 2019
Skunk cabbage [Lysichiton americanum], detail of greenish yellow flower hooded by bright yellow large bract. March 23/2019
Same Skunk cabbage from above.
Crocus [Crocus tommasinianus], found roadside Prospect Lake area. March 17/ 2019Skunk cabbage [Lysichiton americanum], detail of greenish yellow flower hooded by bright yellow large bract.
Found on the Prospect Lake public wharf, Jan 2nd.
Rose hips, Oct 22nd
Oregan grape, sending out a bud on Oct 22nd.
Shaggy mane mushrooms. Oct 12/2018
Friday 12th Oct, 2018: Same site, same tree as last year. See photo below for: “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.”
12th Oct 2018
x 3 more woodland photos…
Common camas [Camassia quamash]: in the Lily Family, found on grassy slopes and meadows, low to middle elevations.
Found next to camas and Garry oak: Chocolate lily [Fritillaria lanceolata]. Like the camas, the bulbs were eaten by the Coast Salish.
Calypso orchid [aka Fairyslipper], forest floor. Once the flower is picked the plant usually dies. 20 April 2018
Rattlesnake-plantain [Goodyera oblongifolia] a native orchid, no flower yet. This one found among mosses in confierous forest. 3rd April 2018
Trillium, private property: 30th March 2018 photo by Judy Frabotta.
Skunk cabbage, flourishing: 25th March 2018.
Skunk cabbage. Private property. March 16th 2018.
Cedar trees, creek side, private property. 16th March 2016.
Alder grove, creekbed, private property. 16th March 2016
Jan 1st 2018: Tod-Gowland Trail, mushrooms [to be identified].
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