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Margaret Conover
A botanist, master gardener, and science educator, based on Long Island.
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Today at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, we were surprised at the size and prominence of the native dogwood: Cornus sericea. I always thought it was just a shrub, but there were trees standing 20+ feet tall all through the wetlands area.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at Botanizing .....
Rubus parviflorus is one of the few plant species that grows both in Oregon and in Upper Michigan. USA Plants Database shows it growing across the upper midwest and Canada. But I'm going to hypothesize that there are 2 subspecies.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at Botanizing .....
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I knew it was Apiaceae, but had to get home to look it up. Sanicula bipinnatifida (Purple snakeroot) and Sanicula crassicaulis (Pacific snakeroot) have both been observed at Mt. Pisgah. So which is it? I'm so grateful to have the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Botanizing .....
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Thalictrum occidentale is in bloom at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, along with Camas and Trillium albidum and at least 2 species of Delphinium and Ranunculus. I photographed these male flowers with dangling anthers, but looked everywhere for the female plants and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at Botanizing .....
Many commercially sold food products use gelling agents to improve viscosity or mouth-feel. Seeking examples, I cruised my fridge and found xanthan gum in salad dressing, barbecue sauce and frozen lasagna and locust bean gum in a stir-fry sauce. Guar... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2020 at Chia Power
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Our earliest and most common Trillium bears a white flower on a short stalk above the leaves: T. ovatum. Our other local Trillium (pictured here) is T. albidum, sometimes known as Sessile Trillium, because the flower lacks a stalk and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2020 at Botanizing .....
The Magic of Chia Seed - an excellent source of EFAs and other nutrients. This article, published on the Raw Living website by William Anderson over 20 years ago, gets a lot of traffic. Unfortunately, It's full of errors and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Chia Power
Until I moved Oregon, I was involved in a forest preservation initiative on the campus of Stony Brook University. This 15 minute video tells of the history of the preserve, and I appear in it briefly. If you don't have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Botanizing .....
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Several years ago, I had the privilege of teaching a select group of middle school teachers as part of an NSF-funded pilot project offered through City College of New York. I just re-discovered this wonderful collection of botanical resources that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at Botanizing .....
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Erythronium revolutum. Broad filaments. Yellow marks inside tepals. Volunteered next to the Morton Salt Girl in our back yard. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Botanizing .....
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...And these folks spent all evening complaining about it on Reddit. And then they rehashed it. One of these whiners cut and pasted part of the Oregon Driver Manual (Pg 36+). Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at So Eugene
Physocarpus capitatus. I always forget about it. It blooms in the shade and deer don't like it!! Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Botanizing .....
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I photographed this Calochortus along the Baldy Trail off Spring Boulevard here in Eugene. There are 80 species of this genus, and many of them are here in Oregon. Some hybridize and some are quite variable. This tiny specimen appears... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Botanizing .....
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Sadly, the sweet rosey bush in our front yard turns out to be a European invasive: Sweetbriar Rose (Rosa rubiginosa). The leaves smell sweet. The thorns point down. The sepals are sometimes forked and covered with glands. For future reference,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Botanizing .....
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Botanizing .....
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AND VIA REDDIT--- Knights?! Does anyone know who those dudes are that have been walking around dressed like knights in full armor? Because I love them. Were they walking down Willamette this afternoon? I probably saw the same pair I saw one of them today. I'd heard about them but... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at So Eugene
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One of our neighbors has tried to restore a sloping wet meadow. Today, I identified Mimulus guttatus from 30 feet away! Also native lupine. It would be a nice addition to the wetter parts of our yard. Photo source. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Botanizing .....
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A heartwarming story in the Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette. May 12, 2018. After 63 years, the University of Illinois grad who gave us the Chia Pet — and that catchy commercial jingle ("Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!") — finally got to walk across the stage and... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Chia Power
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I want a gold star for this one. All I had was a leaf photo and a hunch. We saw this along Brice Creek Trail southeast of Lake Dorena. I just guessed that it was in the Berberidaceae, and then... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Botanizing .....
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Found on the Ridgeline Trail, fairly deep in the woods with shooting star and trout lily. This is an invasive with caustic sap. I need to see if it's in my yard. The flowers under the microscope have an unusual... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at Botanizing .....