Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sheperdia canadensis

female  flowers, and indeed  on the soapberry bush by the poplar where the swing used to be.

male flowers

female soapberry bush

male soapberry bush
May 21 2017, in the yard

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Geocaulon lividum

the false toadflax is blooming, May 16 2017.
This one found at teapot ponds, but it is very common around here, and i saw it coming into bloom the last few days.
I call it timberberry,
but it's prettiest name is northern comandra
 comandra meaning hairy calyx lobes

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Juniperus horizontalis

Yes! a few days ago, the male flowers released their pollen and yesterday i finally found, on a different plant (dioecious) a few female flowers with a last year berry ( which is not a true berry) and a two year old  ripe, blue, berry on the same branch.

April 29, 2017
Along the Takhini river, on the Kusawa road

and male flowers releasing pollen on April 25, 2017
same place

Friday, April 21, 2017


April 21, 2017
I put a sprig in a vase on wednesday, and picked on April 19 like this

Empetrum nigrum subsp. hermaphroditum

update May 21 2017: The E.nigrum is now past blooming in the wild, it flowered the first week of May. Yesterday  i noticed how the plant has now light green/whitish buds, looking like flower buds, but they are the leave buds.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cornus canadensis

2017 09 06
Kusawa ridge 
June 29, 2016
Not very common here, but i found this one along Elfin creek here.

I learn we have two kinds of bunchberries in the yukon

Petals cream proximally, purple distally; hypanthium densely hairy; distalmost leaves much larger than those at 2 more proximal nodes.Cornus unalaschkensis
Petals cream; leaves at 2d node from apex non-chlorophyllous, scalelike; sepals cream, membranous, apices rounded.

Cornus canadensis
The following one in Skagway, and  an Cornus unalaschkensis
 note the purple tips on the petals
and the leafs on the stem

The next  ones a Cornus canadensis 

along the Kusawa road, June 21 2017

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

pumpkin berry

Or as i call it timberberry. it's Latin name Geocaulon lividum

As i crawled over the forest floor to collect little pumpkins to decorate my pie for Thanksgiving. I was surprised to find so few. Yet the once i did find had transformed in perfect little pumkins, as oppossed to there more evenly rounder form in the summer.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rubus chamaemorus

picking berries all weekend, (middle of July 2015)

raspberries ( top corners)
northern black currants

and the the droplets are two cloud berries ( Rubus chamaemorus) they taste good the way i picked them, red, but they should turn orange while ripening more.