Botany highlights from upper Puntledge trails

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on October 29. Click a photo to enlarge it.

Last Saturday we walked along the east side of the upper Puntledge River trails. We took a look at the bog, and walked as far as “Palm Beach” then looped back above the river. Despite the drought the Puntledge bog was looking quite moist and healthy!

A few highlights:

  1. Bog cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos)
  1. Sweet gale (Myrica gale): fruiting catkins
  1. River view
  1. Leathery grape fern detail (Sceptridium multifidum, formerly in the genus Botrychium) (Photo by Ruth Shapka)
  1. Dyer’s polypore (Phaeolus schweinitzii): a handsome brown suede!
  1. “The Unknown Polypore”: not able to ID this one…but amazing the way it grows right through and around twigs, leaves and needles.
  1. Fran showed us a bigleaf maple with blotches of speckled tarspot fungus (Rhytisma punctatum).
  1. Speckled tarspot closeup
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