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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
Smartphone app identifies invasive weeds

...their smartphone to both identify it and alert a professional botanist of its location, according to the Peninsula Clarion.Users...invasive plants is gathered on scouting trips by professional botanists."We can only get so much time and so much money to do professional...
On the Trails: Debunking mysteries of the monkshood flower

...large, lateral sepals. Most conspicuously, there is a large, expanded sepal that forms a hood on the top of the flower (botanists perversely call this a "helmet"). The hood is reminiscent of the cowl of a medieval monk - hence the common name.Inside...
A tour of a secret garden

...sketches, I set some stakes in and began building," he said.Part of the reason Love began was his wife, Lesley, who is a botanist; she got her graduate degree in plant ecology from the University of New South Wales in Australia, where the two of them...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Alaska Digest

...invasive species list ANCHORAGE - A popular ornamental tree is pushing out native species around Anchorage, according to botanists and forest ecologists. The European bird cherry, also called the "May Day tree," has been a popular landscaping option...


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