California Walnut and Jepson Herbaria

Written by charlie   
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 10:54
Curious about the California Walnut tree (Juglans californica) and its status as a wetland plant (it was recently changed from a facilitative (FAC) to a Facilitative Upland (FACU) plant by the Corps of Engineers after its status was challenged by the National Association of Home Builders), I stumbled upon the Jepson eFlora website. The site, run by UC Berkley, is an authority on the native and naturalized plants of California, which includes taxonomy, distribution maps and illustrations and photographs dating back decades. The distribution maps are particularly interesting; a mashup of googlemaps and data from the herbarium including the date and location of specimens found. The tools can also search by county, elevation range, and include additional data from over 30 additional herbariums. As far as I can determine, it does not offer a search parameter which limits a search to wetland plants, so its a good idea to have a particular plant or location of what you are looking for.

The Jepson eFlora site is here ,and a also of note, is Califlora with much of the same data.

Swamp Rose Photos

Written by charlie   
Monday, 03 August 2015 01:44
Roses must be on my mind, a few more photos of a blooming Swamp Rose, I found this rose bush surrounded by grasses, in standing water.

Swamp Rose Bloom

Swamp Rose - located in standing water
Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 13:57

NJ Meadowland License Plate

Written by charlie   
Saturday, 25 July 2015 01:28
Driving through town I saw a NJ license plate devoted to conserving the Meadowlands, below is a photo from the NJ DMV, proceeds from the sale of the plate will be used to fund the Meadowlands Conservation Trust.

From the Trust: " The unique design of the plate combines human and natural elements to show our constant interaction in this urban wetland complex. This plate will help establish incentive programs to encourage land donations and protect open space to improve accessibility and recreational opportunities for the Hackensack Meadowlands and River Watershed."

Meadowlands..... you've come a long way baby.

Meadowlands License Plate
Last Updated on Sunday, 26 July 2015 15:19

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