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17 February 2019 – Palmettos in Myrtle Beach

17 February 2019 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

Today, my wife Becky and I paid a short visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Visitors to Myrtle Beach can’t help but notice the Palmettos planted around the city and other cities in the area. Here are some photos of a few of these trees. As far as I can determine, their scientific name is […]

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25 August 2018 – Finding Cactus at Weinberg Park

25 August 2018 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

Had an awesome time with Rangers Matt Grey and Chris Winton of Anne Arundel County Park and Recreation this afternoon scouting out the cactus at Weinberg Park in Pasadena. The site was near an old homestead. We could see two stone columns which could have come from a gate entrance. I understand that there is […]

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22 August 2018 – Maryland Cactus Sites

22 August 2018 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

This is a working draft list of locations where cactus has been found in Maryland, excluding the Eastern Shore. (Eastern Shore sites may be added later.) If you know of a location not listed here, let me know at botanybill (at) verizon.net and I will put it on the list. Also if you would like […]

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21 July 2018 – Foraying at Parris Glendening Nature Preserve, Jug Bay

21 July 2018 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

Despite some rain, heavy at times, had a awesome time today meeting up with Joe Metzger and Karyn Molines to foray the Parris Glendening Nature Preserve, Jug Bay. We hiked about one mile to an area called the “Sand Barrens” to look for some prickly pear cactus. It was an open clearing with sandy soil […]

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25 April 2017 – Forget-me-not or not – Part 2 – SUCCESS!

25 April 2017 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

Last time we attempted to identify a Forget-Me-Not that was found growing in Oldtown Elkridge. (Click here to see the first part of the story.) After looking at the key, we narrowed the possibilities down to three species – Myosotis arvensis, Myosotis discolor, and Myosotis stricta, the last three species on the key. So today […]

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16 April 2017 – Mollusks Galore

16 April 2017 Botany Bill FaunaJournalNon-Refuge

This time we diverge from looking at plants. On our hike on the Butterfly Trail at Lock # 30, Erie Canal, Macedon, New York, we found at least four mollusks. In the first picture, you can see the “beach” where we found them. It was mostly made up of the remains of shells. We would […]

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14 April 2017 – Forget-me-not or not – Part 1

14 April 2017 Botany Bill Non-Refuge

Let’s have some fun here.  This time, we will focus on the difficulty in identifying the species of plants. I found a large patch of plants next to a parking area in “Oldtown” Elkridge. It was obvious to me that they were forget-me-nots (Myosotis sp.) But I was not sure of which species it was. So, […]

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Bottlebrush Buckeye – Aesculus parviflora – 24 May 2016

24 May 2016 Botany Bill JournalNon-RefugePlant Profile

On the way home from work today, I took a bunch of pictures of two established colonies of Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye) near our home. One of them was in the middle of someone’s lawn and the other one was in the woods.  I first spotted them six years ago, and they have spread since then. […]

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13 June 2015 – Memorial Rose – Rosa wichuraiana

13 June 2015 Botany Bill JournalNon-RefugePlant Profile

About 15 years ago, I spotted two colonies of white roses across the street from our house. They were not the Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) which had already mostly finished because blooming, and this rose was in its prime.       It keys it out to Memorial Rose (Rosa wichuraiana) Crép. It is native […]

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11 June 2015 –
Eastern Prickly Pear –
Opuntia cespitosa

11 June 2015 Botany Bill FaunaNon-RefugePlant ProfileSites around refuge

This afternoon, I took a quick jaunt out to Lake Allen to take some pictures of the  Eastern Prickly Pear, a type of cactus that is found on the Refuge. Its scientific name is Opuntia cespitosa Raf. Its natural range is primarily west of the Appalachians and east of the Mississippi. However, there are scattered […]

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19 May 2015 – Common Snapping Turtle

19 May 2015 Botany Bill FaunaNon-Refuge

This morning a common snapping turtle was trying to cross the road in front of our house. I believe this was a female in search of a nesting site, and could be the same one we saw on our driveway several years. She was first spotted by my wife Becky and after she alerted me, […]

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13 May 2015 – Swamp doghobble – Eubotrys racemosa

13 May 2015 Botany Bill JournalNon-Refuge

Swamp doghobble (Eubotrys racemosa (L.) Nutt.) is a member of the Ericaceae (Heath Family) and is native in the USA along the Coastal Plain from Massachusetts to Florida to Texas. It lives in various habitats such as savannas, forests, and bogs. It is not shade tolerant. The leaves are deciduous. The inflorescence is a row […]

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6 August 2014 – Wild Cactus Discovered in Spokane County

6 August 2014 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

Today while driving out of town (Spokane) I spotted something that looked out of place off to the left. It was several clumps of orangish colored vegetation on a basalt rock outcropping. No way! It looked like it could be cactus. But cactus is not supposed to be wild in Spokane… Okay, I parked the […]

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5 August 2014 – Wooly leaf lupine

5 August 2014 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

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27 June 2013 – Eastern American Toad

27 June 2013 Botany Bill Non-Refuge

While weeding our garden, my wife Becky spotted a welcome friend, an Eastern American Toad (Bufo americanus americanus).  Eastern American Toads are frequently found around human habitations throughout the eastern part of North America.  They serve a good purpose because of their appetite for insects. Interestingly, they do not croak like frogs. Instead they trill. […]

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20 April 2013 – Osprey Sighting

20 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-Refuge

I drove out to Lake Allen to see what was going on and noticed a large bird flying over the water looking for something. It had its legs and talons extended. Upon closer examination, it was an osprey. I grabbed my camera to see if I could get a good shot. By the time I […]

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6 April 2013 – Giant White Wakerobin

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Giant White Wakerobin (Trillium albidum J.D. Freeman) is member of the Melanthiaceae (Bunchflower Family) that is endemic to a limited area of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. It is found in mixed wood and coniferous forests at elevations up to 6,000 feet.   The plants occur singly or in large clumps and are between […]

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6 April 2013 – Licorice Fern Growing on Moss-covered Bigleaf Maples

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

One of the most fascinating things about the Bellevue Botanical Garden were the Licorice Ferns (Polypodium glycyrrhiza D.C. Eaton) growing on trees. It seems to prefer the Bigleaf Maple, like the ones I took pictures of here. It is an evergreen fern that is endemic to Western North America from Alaska and the Yukon on […]

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6 April 2013 – Trillium-leaved Woodsorrel

6 April 2013 Botany Bill JournalNon-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Trillium-leaved Woodsorrel (Oxalis trilliifolia Hook.) is one of three endemic woodsorrels found in the Pacific Northwest. It naturally occurs west of the Cascade Crest in Washington, Oregon, and California. There are a few outlying populations in Eastern Oregon. It is an early summer blooming perennial that typically grows to 5 to 10 inches in […]

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6 April 2013 – Chain Gutter Downspout at Bellevue Botanical Garden

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

I have not seen a chain gutter downspout before. I thought this one at the Tateuchi Viewing Pavilion in the Bellevue Botanical Garden was cool-looking. A couple of the pictures turned out okay, but the doggone camera thought it was going to be smart and it focused on the background. So the pictures are fuzzy. […]

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