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Salvia sonomensis blooming

April 4, 2014

Salvia sonomensis blooming

Ceanothus gloriosus v. porrectus ‘Mt. Vision’ – California

March 10, 2014

Ceanothus gloriosus 'Mt. Vision'

Photo of the flower, below.

Ceanothus gloriosus 'Mt. Vision' flower

Drakes Bay – W. Marin, California

March 10, 2014

Drakes Bay, California

Echium and Dracena @ corner of Westminster and St. Albans Rd. – Kensington, CA

March 9, 2014

Echium Westminster and St. Albians

Lagenaria siceraria migration – Article

February 27, 2014

Here’s an interesting article about the origins and migration of the Bottle Gourd, or, Calabash (Lagenaria siceraria)… from the  NY Times. A brief snippet below with link to the complete article. 

 

From the New York Times article

Like Columbus, It Floated Here

By RACHEL NUWER

 By the time Columbus arrived in the New World in 1492, bottle gourds had already conquered much of the globe. After evolving in Africa, one species,Lagenaria siceraria, made a break for East Asia around 11,000 years ago and eventually took up residence in Polynesia, China, Peru and beyond, earning the title of most widely distributed pre-Columbian domesticated plant.

The gourds have been supremely useful, too — not so much for nutrition (they taste bitter) but, when dried, as containers, medical and musical instruments, even decorative birdhouses. Despite their ubiquity, though, they have their secrets.

Archaeological evidence shows that ancient peoples living in Florida and Mexico began using them at least 10,000 years ago. Yet how they got to the Americas remained unknown… read complete article at NY Times.com

Salvia sonomensis and Arctostaphylos glauca – Berkeley, California

February 5, 2014

 

Salvia sonomensis and Arctostaphylos glauca

Salvia sonomensis on wall, berkeley, CA

Ericaceae, Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. montana, Mt. Tamalpais manzanita – Marin County, California

February 3, 2014

 

I believe this is Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. montana, formerly Arctostaphylos montana, a somewhat rare Manzanita species, photographed on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. Not photos of the flower, sorry.

Any ID confirmation or correction greatly appreciated via the comment forum

Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. montana

Another slightly closer photo, below.

Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. montana

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