Category Archives: Plants

An orange lichen?

Lower Falls - 07.25.2009 - 09.33.40

I wonder if any lichen specialists frequent my blog.  If so, how are lichens categorized?  Certainly the individual fungal and green algal/cyanobacterial species are ‘clearly’ described, but are lichens themselves able to be characterized and described in the own right?  For example, if the mutualisms are usually formed between single fungal and algal species, can a particular pair be classified?  If pairs are not usually species-specific in this way, but more general lineages of either the fungal component, the algal component, or both do form more generalized groups of lichen, do these ‘groups’ behave similarly?  Would a particular group likely inhabit a vertical slate cliff in Western New York, while another likely inhabits the forest floor?  What types of adaptations in lichen groups fit these habitats?

What if this photograph isn’t even a lichen and I’m totally incompetent?

Also, what if I had just gone to the damn Wikipedia site before I wrote all that.

The Thalia moth returns

The moth caterpillar that consumed much of the Thalia geniculata in the Catalina sector has come to the Palo Verde sector.  I need to develop this…

On the edges of the broad leaves of the Thalia, small folded over 'tents' are visible.

A close up the of the 'tents' that house the caterpillars.

Some out of focus eggs, both hatched and un-hatched.

A caterpillar I removed from his hiding place...


So far, I’ve identified two species of water-lily: Nymphaea puchella and the more common Nymphaea amazonum.   N. pulchella is currently flowering and has a wavy margin on it’s floating leaves, while N. amazonum hasn’t begun flowering yet and seems to have smaller leaves.  The flowers below are from N. pulchella.

Nymphaeaceae - Nymphaea pulchella and amazonum - Waterlily - 06.29.2009 - 10.11.39

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nymphaeaceae - Nymphaea pulchella - Waterlily - 07.02.2009 - 09.39.28

Water hyacinth is coming

This is what the water hyacinth in the Palo Verde wetland currently looks like.  Seedlings existed throughout the wetland underwater, attached and rooted.  In areas where there has been high traffic (because of my work or because of cattle), the seedlings have release from the sediment and float.  When I first noticed them, they had two leaflets and a couple of roots, and I was unsure on their identification.  A week later and it is obvious.  The seedlings are generally smaller than a silver dollar.Pontederiaceae - Eichhornia crassipes - Water hyacinth - 06.29.2009 - 10.06.08 Pontederiaceae - Eichhornia crassipes - Water hyacinth - 06.29.2009 - 10.08.15