Category Archives: flora

Plants

Mushroom Walk

This morning the kids and I joined a mushroom outing at Mosquito Cove trail led by last night’s seminar series speaker Kate Mohatt (who is one of the organizers of some forest/fungus fairs in Southcentral Alaska). It was interesting to … Continue reading

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Mosquito Cove

With a pretty good fall gale forecast to arrive tomorrow, this seemed like it might be the last opportunity for the year to get out in conditions approaching summer (~60F and sunny). Rowan suggested we go out to Mosquito Cove, … Continue reading

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Mt. Ash Flowers and Fruit

I’ve previously noted late blooming Mt. Ash (Sorbus aucuparia). At the time I thought it might be unusual, but I saw some even more robustly blooming this year along the harbor yesterday. Questions Is this a typical sort of occurrence, … Continue reading

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Yellow Pond-lily (Nuphar polysepala) Rhizome

This summer an apparently long-awaited dredging of Swan Lake occurred. I had originally thought they would go all around the lake, but in the end it seems they only went from a little to the uplake side of the peninsula … Continue reading

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Red Alder (Alnus rubra) Red Roots

While walking through Totem Park recently, I noticed something red that seemed to be growing on or at the base of red alders (Alnus rubra) near the estuary. In places, it was unclear whether they were coming out of the … Continue reading

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Slender Bog-orchid (Platanthera stricta)

Slender Bog Orchid (Platanthera stricta) along Beaver Lake Trail One of several fairly common orchids around Sitka, I have seen the Slender Bog Orchid (Platanthera stricta) in a variety of habitats, from low elevation forests, open meadows and fens, and … Continue reading

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