Monthly Archives: September 2011

Weekly Plant Identified – Friday’s View

One common name for the plant of the week is Halberd-leaved Marsh-mallow (Hibiscus militaris).
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Do Not Disturb

Warning – let the trespasser beware!!!  The packets of formic acid borne by the mobile residents of this top-shaped orb are capable of catalyzing the very rapid transformation of potential energy to kinetic energy in the chemical systems of those uninvited visitors who approach the mothership too closely.              For the wetlands enthusiast, this collection... Continue reading »
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Weekly Plant – Wednesday’s View

Almost mellow, but not quite.  What plant is this?
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Conifer Cavities

This tree (an eastern hemlock?), photographed in the North Country woods of the Connecticut Lakes Region of New Hampshire on 10/5/2010, is another example of a tree peppered with rectangular-shaped holes which presumably were excavated by pileated woodpeckers.  Because these holes were located very low on the tree’s bole (i.e., within just a few feet... Continue reading »
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Plant of the Week – Monday’s View

The flower bud looks somewhat like a cotton square, but it isn’t cotton.  What plant is this?
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Plant of the Week – Identified, Friday 23 Sept 2011

     The plant of the week is the Common Cattail (Typha latifolia).  The green pistillate flowers turn brown before maturing into white-to-buff “fluffy” seeds.  The staminate flowers apparently fall off to leave a bare spike at the top of the plant.      Given the number of cattail plants in existence around the country, would you... Continue reading »
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Plant of the Week – Wednesday’s View

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Pipe Dreams

           I guess this might be the ecological equivalent of an ink blot test.  What do you see here?              I vote for Long John Silver smoking his pipe.
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Plant of the Week – Monday’s View

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Plant of the Week – Friday Preview for Monday, 19 Sept 2011

 
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