Catching up with communications in the Botany Group during July. This is from an email from Jocie to the group on July 16.
Here are some flower photos from John B. from Quadra Island, with a few notes.
- Scouler’s harebell (Campanula scouleri): from the Tsa Kwa Luten campground septic field. This plant is also found at spots along the Puntledge River and other sporadic locations in the Comox Valley. Note the exceptionally long style.
- Yerba buena (Clinopodium douglasii): on a rock bluff next to the beach at Open Bay on Quadra. This strongly scented plant is a member of the mint family. It was traditionally used to make tea, and hunters rubbed it on their bodies to mask their human scent.
- Hooded ladies’ tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana): found on Eagle Ridge on Quadra “one plant by itself exposed to blazing sun and weather, growing out of parched dry moss with solid rock underlay.”
- Common eyebright (Euphrasia nemorosa). A pretty little flower, but introduced from Europe. Likes roadsides and waste places.