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Prairie trout lily

Cutleaf toothwort

Dutchman’s breeches

these are all made up, right?

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! for many more)

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 7 April 2019 22:11 (ten months ago) link

"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

one month passes...

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

one month passes...

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

four months pass...

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

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