― calzino, Sunday, 7 April 2019 21:37 (ten months ago) link
Prairie trout lilyCutleaf toothwortDutchman’s breeches
― an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 7 April 2019 21:50 (ten months ago) link
I mean, someone at some point made them up.
― circles, Sunday, 7 April 2019 21:56 (ten months ago) link
Trout lilies are also called fawn lilies if you like that made-up name better.
― circles, Sunday, 7 April 2019 22:00 (ten months ago) link
I love how crazy the folk names for plants can be - here in Tasmania we have running postman, horizontal scrub, blackheart sassafras, filmy fern, guitar plant, biddy-widdy, she-oak, spreading sneezeweed, woolly tea-tree ...(NB not made-up! https://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=4690 for many more)
― an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 7 April 2019 22:11 (ten months ago) link
vetchlaurelblackberries"miner's lettuce" i.e. oxalis(?)poison hemlock
― Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Sunday, 7 April 2019 22:19 (ten months ago) link
lol, there are sneezeweeds in North America too, but they're in a different genus it looks like.
― circles, Sunday, 7 April 2019 22:27 (ten months ago) link
Its existence is a rather closely held secret, since there are shitheads who would happily destroy it out of hatred for the Endangered Species Act.
Different dynamic, but I heard secondhand about a botanist in New Jersey who studied rare native orchid species and had to keep their location secret to prevent their getting stolen by crazy orchid people.
― circles, Sunday, 7 April 2019 22:39 (ten months ago) link
i saw some seedlings with interesting looking leaves last week and only later realized that they were definitely giant ragweed, lol. which is a native plant that is host to a whole suite of insects and provides food for other animals! just not great for people with pollen allergies. maybe two years ago there was a stand of it outside a window that i watched grow all summer long, and then one day in the fall a couple squirrels came and went nuts eating the seeds for a few hours.
― circles, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 02:02 (nine months ago) link
California has dudleya thieves, who harvest hundreds of the plants and ship them to Asia, where they sell for $40 or more each. When people on my facebook California native plant group posts pictures they're asked not to identify the location.
― nickn, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 05:00 (nine months ago) link
these are all made up, right?
PLants have all sorts of hilare older names like "pissabed" is a great one (the weed in question is a diuretic)
― Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 03:58 (nine months ago) link
I decided a couple of years ago while examining the plethora of different weed species in my yard that if there was a noxious weed called "toddlerbane" it would have to be lurking somewhere in there.
― A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:09 (nine months ago) link
my mother used to pick dandelions for salads when they were tender before they flowered, they were delicious
dudleyas can't be that prized can they? I see them everywhere in SF, aren't they easy to propagate? maybe there are some rare species
― Dan S, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:33 (nine months ago) link
I've never been able to propagate mine, and they do seem to be slow-growing.
― nickn, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 05:04 (nine months ago) link
all the elderberries blooming now convinced me to try some of the ikea elderflower drink, which was decent. i guess people don't agree whether sambucus canadensis is a subspecies of sambucus nigra or not, but it's kind of interesting that they're so common in both north america and europe.
― circles, Saturday, 15 June 2019 22:33 (eight months ago) link
i meant to try to learn how to distinguish the local species of asters and goldenrods this fall, but i didn't get outside enough and only learned a few. maybe a project for next year.
― circles, Monday, 4 November 2019 05:13 (three months ago) link