Kitty Coleman botany highlights

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on March 18. Click a photo to enlarge it.

We had a brilliant sunny day for our March 13 walk at Kitty Coleman Beach Provincial Park, and thanks to Robbie we enjoyed a fireside picnic lunch!  The herring spawn was in full swing with gulls and sea lions active on the water. We saw a good mix of things: lichens, fungi, new green leaves appearing, and of course the “big fir.” (Not to mention an ant colony.)

Here are a few highlights. Thanks to Veronique for many of the photos:.

  1. The big Douglas fir is worth a visit!
  1. Dwarf mistletoe on western hemlock. In the genus Arceuthobium (not sure which species).
  1. Siberian miner’s lettuce (Claytonia sibirica) is often found in the woods and at the base of trees.
  1. Farinose cartilage lichen (Ramalina farinacea).
  1. White green-algae coral (Multiclavula mucida) this was one of our more unusual finds of the day!
  1. Nuttall’s toothwort leaves (Cardamine nuttallii).
  1. Pacific sanicle leaves (Sanicula crassicaulis).
  1. Western thatching ant (Formica obscuripes).
  1. Botany group: A good turnout!
  1. Botany group: On the hunt.
  1. Botany group: Post-walk picnic.
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