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Accumulated Fragments: Douglas Island's deep and sometimes dark history

...I asked myself who it could have been named for. The first thing that came to mind was David Douglas, the famous Scottish botanist (1799-1834) that the Douglas Fir was named after. That turned out to be wrong.I knew that Richard Harris had mentioned...
Neighbors | 100 Anniversary
On the Trails: Being a flower

...our region, chiefly insects. Nectar, and pollen itself, serves as pollinator rewards for visiting a flower. Traditional botanists measured the reproductive success of plants by seed-set - the female function of flowers. That view, of course, neglects...
What's in Bloom: Ruby giant the mountains of southern Europe, it is named in honor of Muzo Giuseppe Spirito de Tommasini (1794-1879), a noted botanist from Trieste. Its flowers are smaller, but more profuse than the more commonly grown Dutch hybrid crocuses which can be readily...
Remembering the Vikings - 'iron slicks' of the muskegs

...the northern latitudes' classic - and most prevalent - type of muskeg, which is dominated by sphagnum moss. Depending what botanist you ask, this single genus (Sphagnum) contains anywhere from 100 to more than 300 different species. The moss' cell walls...
What's in Bloom: Douglas' spiraea

...good plant for more natural areas as its somewhat course texture may not blend well with formal plantings. The specific epithet douglasii, honors Scottish botanist David Douglas, for whom many Western North American plants are named.
Green haze falls on Juneau

...abnormally high pollen count across the state."It's partially a reflection of the dry weather," said Mary Stensvold, botanist for the Alaska region of the Forest Service. "This is just the alder pollen, the spruce pollen will be coming out later...
Oldest park ranger in US, 93, considers future

...wilderness along the Canadian border.For 20 years, he has been the ambassador, manager, accountant, anthropologist, botanist, historian, traffic cop, landscaper, handyman and rules enforcer of Kintla Lake. He still hauls gravel, mends fences...
Buried tree could reveal seismic secrets

...Volcano, just west of the Southeast city.So a group of scientists and friends headed out for a look. University of Alaska botanist Kitty LaBounty says it was a scramble."They led us through this pile of logs, back up into a creek area where the bank...
On the Trails: Plants that aren't green

...cone. This interesting Beringian plant goes by the reverberating scientific name of Boschniakia rossica, named for a Russian botanist Boschniak and presumably someone named Ross. Such names reflect nothing about the plant itself, obviously, and only show...
On the Trails: An ordinary walk at Crow Point sure of its general identity. Even better, we could later track down its probable species. It is reported by a local botanist to be common around here, even though our favorite plant field guide doesn't show that it lives here.A rather ordinary...


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