on M’s bday
Summation of my obsession with Natural Hot Springs:
"The Earth farts and I can’t wait to sit in it"
Who said that there is only sand in the deserts? Not quite desert roses, two new species of desert poppies from North America prove such statements wrong with their simple beauty. The newly described plants are found in the deserts of California and Arizona and have a vibrant yellow colored inflorescences, typical for all the desert dwellers from the Eschscholzia genus of the poppy family. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys.
Most commonly known for the iconic California Poppy, the state flower of California, Eschscholzia is a genus in the poppy family Papaveraceae that previously held 12 species. The genus is native to the mainland and islands of western North America in both the United States and Mexico, but the type species, Eschscholzia californica, is commonly spread and has invaded Mediterranean regions around the world.
Shannon Still discovered the new species while studying Eschscholzia for his dissertation research at the University of California Davis. “What is interesting about these new species is that, while people have been collecting these plants for decades, they were not recognized as something different” Still said. “They were always confused for existing species. This confusion led to my study of the group, and ultimately, recognizing something new. I imagine there are many more desert plant species that are also understudied.”
The two new desert species E. androuxii and E. papastillii are found in desert washes, flats, and slopes growing in coarse and sandy soil across California deserts and parts of Arizona. Eschscholzia androuxii has a small range, is fairly uncommon and is suggested that it be listed as a rare plant species. The wide distribution of the other species, suggests there are no conservation threats at the moment.
finally found lucky bamboo in local store today.
a wary looking owner, while working the register, said, “stir fry them, will be good fresh.”
My face quickly changed from complete bewilderment to a big grin.
"These are cheaper though" I pointed to the bunch of asparagus in tow. "How much?"
"Only $1.99 for the whole bunch, your [veggie] is $1.49 each."
"Ok…then what are you going to do with them?"
"Sell them, make some profit!"
Dollar store humor.
Hope these babes will like their new crystal & gem filled home…
Tulip cultivars have usually several species in their direct background, but most have been derived from Tulipa suaveolens, often erroneously listed as Tulipa schrenkii. Tulipa gesneriana is in itself an early hybrid of complex origin and is probably not the same taxon as was described by Conrad Gesner in the 16th century.
the most beautiful day of spring
"How should I decorate this nyala? I’m thinking maybe spiral horns."
"Sure, evolution, spiral horns are pretty cool."
"And orange legs."
"Bold choice, but all right…"
"And maybe some facial markings. And fringy hair!"
"Hey, don’t get too carried away, okay? It’s just an antelope."
"Ooh, how about some stripes? Stripes are majestic."
"Hmm. It kind of just looks like a bird pooped all over it."
"No. It looks majestic.”
"Whatever you say."
more great gift-
lapis lazuli & a great gem water book!