Plants from Ships Point & Fanny Bay Conservation Area

From notes and photos by Alison M. distributed to the Botany Group on April 18.

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Ships Point Park

  1. Last Saturday (April 9th) in the warm sun at Ships Point Park, where there are a few Garry oaks amongst the conifers, the Garry oak ecosystem plants were just beginning to bloom, though the oaks themselves are still in bud. This tiny park is well worth a visit in spring.

The Garry oaks are the same genetic strain as the ones in Helliwell Provincial Park, and are related to the populations in Redding, California.

  1. Tall Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
  1. White fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum)
  1. Checker lily (Fritillaria affinis)
  1. Purple lamium, a non-native plant (Lamium purpureum)

Fanny Bay Conservation Area

Over on the Fanny Bay side, along the dyke in the Conservation Area, there is still a lot of water lying.

  1. The swamp lantern (Lysichiton americanus) was in its element: …
  1. …the mosses, lichens, and the lichenizing shroom lichen agaric (Lichenomphalia umbellifera)…
  1. …which were thriving on a fallen cedar.
  1. Because of the wind the blooms from the huge broadleaf maples (Acer macrophyllum) were scattered along the path.
  1. Also noteworthy were enormous flowers on the salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), which defied proper focus in the wind.
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