Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Red-osier Dogwood

 formerly Cornus stolonifera
now Cornus sericea sub sericea
Dogwood family
- Not Edible-
Sept. 07 2008
One shrub, where the bushroad crosses 'elfin creek'. (North of Mendenhall subd.)
2017- almost 10 years later, there are many bushes now, all derived from that one, they are following the creek downstream.
Cornus means horn.
an osier-bed is a river-bed.
stolonifera - carrying 'suckers'.

and the berries still green on July 20, 2015
I wonder how early they bloom?

April 18, 2016
and below June 29, 2016 same location


Vaccinium vitis-idaea ssp minus
Heath family
Sept 8 2008
In the Pine forest along the Kusuwa road.
vitis-idaea means vine of mnt. Ida

Here on sept 5, 2015 along the Kusawa road,  ripe berries, with flowers behind it, this summer flowering for a second time. Normally only flowering in spring.

And on June 12, 2016, i found some plants with possibly a fungus
maybe Exobasidium vaccinii

winter mountain ( Ibex Valley)
and that same day on the same mountain
cranberry flowers

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Highbush Cranberry

Sept 1 2008, In the forest above Tagish road.

Sept. 3 2008, 'elfin creek', North-west of Mendenhall subdivision.
Viburnum edule
Honeysuckle family

June 10 2012
in the yard, just starting to bloom.

April 19, 2016
pink buds on brown branches

Ribes hudsonianum

Ribes hudsonianum
Grossulariaceae, gooseberry family
August 12 2008, on the power line east of Mendenhall subdivision.
A wonderful berry to pick, no thorns and picks fast and clean somehow.
You have to like the taste though, it is strong. It makes a very good jam, for some a favorite.
I find it in open places in moist, dark woods. I do not come upon it very often though. Again it seems to like it where a right away of some kind is being cut through the woods.
Ribes: Persian word meaning acid-tasting
hudsonianum, I imagine it grows along the Hudson Bay.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Saskatoon berry

Amelanchier alnifolia
rose family
August 30 2008, East shore of Little Atlin Lake, underneath Mt. White.
top photo: Sept. 1, Tagish road on top of high bank facing South.
I like the taste of this berry very much, to me it taste like marzipan , which is made from almonds. First time I came upon this most abundant berry was North of Regina.
Here in the Yukon I haven't seen it quite like that.
What you see in the bottom photo, is the best I have ever seen them here.
I come upon this berry bush in different locations, in grassy open forest, here on the property it is native too.
The shape of the bush is often quite tall and sort of spindly. At Atlin lake up to 2m. high.
For eating: As they are!
and I will use a recipe for apple crisp, replacing the apple for berries, most delicious!
Coming Spring I will add a picture of the blossoms, which are white in most beautiful racemes.
alnifolia means leaves like from the alder(Alnus).
Common names : Saskatoon, Serviceberry.