Monthly Archives: May 2012

Upland Yellow Violet – Viola praemorsa – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Upland Yellow Violet, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/23/2012.) Scientific name is Viola praemorsa.  Photo below was taken in the Boise Foothills of Ada County, ID on June 10, 2011.   It  is also known by the common names Canary Violet, Astoria Violet, Prairie Violet, Yellow Montane Violet, and Wavyleaf Violet.  Go to the Upland Yellow Violet detail page for more information.

NOTE: Nov 22, 2013 – R. John Little, Ph.D., noted expert on Violaceae, has identified this as Viola purpurea subsp. venosa rather than Viola praemorsa. — gcw

Upland Yellow Violet, Canary Violet, Astoria Violet, Prairie Violet, Yellow montane violet, Wavyleaf Violet - Viola praemorsa

Upland Yellow Violet, Canary Violet, Astoria Violet, Prairie Violet, Yellow montane violet, Wavyleaf Violet – Viola praemorsa

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Climbing Hempweed – Mikania scandens – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Climbing Hempweed, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/12/2012.) Scientific name is Mikania scandens.  Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA, on October 2, 2011.   It  is also known by the common name Climbing Boneset.  Go to the Climbing Hempweed detail page for more information.

Climbing Hempweed, Climbing Boneset - Mikania scandens

Climbing Hempweed, Climbing Boneset - Mikania scandens

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Utah Serviceberry – Amelanchier utahensis – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Utah Serviceberry, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/10/2012.) Scientific name is Amelanchier laevis.  Photo below was taken in Boise County, ID, on June 13, 2010.   It  is also known by the common names Pale Serviceberry, Western Serviceberry if you go with more recent classifications which consider Amelanchier pallida to be a synonym of Amelanchier utahensis.  Go to the Utah Serviceberry detail page for more information.

Utah Serviceberry, Pale Serviceberry, Western Serviceberry - Amelanchier utahensis

Utah Serviceberry, Pale Serviceberry, Western Serviceberry - Amelanchier utahensis

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Smooth Serviceberry – Amelanchier laevis – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Smooth Serviceberry, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/08/2012.) Scientific name is Amelanchier laevis.  Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA, on April 2, 2008.   It  is also known by the common name Allegheny Serviceberry .  Go to the Smooth Serviceberry detail page for more information.

Allegheny Serviceberry, Smooth Serviceberry - Amelanchier laevis

Allegheny Serviceberry, Smooth Serviceberry - Amelanchier laevis

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Slender Blue-eyed Grass – Sisyrinchium mucronatum – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Slender Blue-eyed Grass, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/03/2012.) Scientific name is Sisyrinchium mucronatum.  Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA, on April 29, 2012.   It  is also known by the common name Needletip Blue-eyed Grass, Michaux’s Blue-eyed-Grass, and Narrow-Leaved Blue-eyed-Grass .  Go to the Slender Blue-eyed Grass detail page for more information.

Needletip Blue-eyed Grass, Michaux's Blue-eyed-Grass, Slender Blue-eyed Grass, Narrow-Leaved Blue-eyed-Grass - Sisyrinchium mucronatum

Needletip Blue-eyed Grass, Michaux's Blue-eyed-Grass, Slender Blue-eyed Grass, Narrow-Leaved Blue-eyed-Grass - Sisyrinchium mucronatum

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#Wildlife Slugfest

In yesterday’s post I mentioned that I spent some quality time with a slug.  How many of us can make THAT claim?  (Maybe the more appropriate question would be “How many of us WANT to make that claim?)  Actually our interaction started with me bumping the dandelion leaf under the slug’s “tail.”  He withdrew his head – wait, I’m beginning to realize that I know so little about slugs that I don’t even know if those body parts are heads and tails.  Hopefully someone with some real knowledge about these creatures will leave a comment and educate us, rather than relying on my speculation.

Slug hiding

Slug hiding

I waited a few minutes to see what would happen.  Soon the action began…

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