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Archive for May, 2007

Cattails — By Any Other Name

Posted: Sunday, May 20th, 2007 @ 10:56 am in Plants | Comments Off on Cattails — By Any Other Name

Flagtail, marsh beetle, blackcap, water torch. Visit the shoreline of most lakes, rivers, marshes, and ponds, and you’ll see areas of these grasslike plants stretching as much as 10 feet high above the water. In some places they are called rushes, flags, or Cossack asparagus. Names used by American Indians are just as descriptive: prairie […]

The Oldest Living Tree is a Bush

Posted: Sunday, May 6th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm in Plants | Comments Off on The Oldest Living Tree is a Bush

When we were kids in school, it was common knowledge that California’s redwoods were both the world’s oldest and its tallest trees, and that the earliest of them sprouted at about the time Jesus Christ was born. Then some wise guy discovered bristlecone pines of twice that age growing atop the barren peaks of California’s […]

 
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