Month: October 2012

Oak Gall in Missouri

Willy Wonka gumball? World’s smallest dinosaur egg? Previously: Fifty Common Plant Galls of the Chicago Area ETA: Thanks to the lovely website iNaturalist.org, I’ve been informed that the gall may belong to the species Atrusca quercuscentricola, a gall wasp that forms galls on the leaves of post oaks, one of the most common trees in …

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Hinged Companions

For the next few weeks, I will be conducting tree surveys in Missouri – tramping about through the woods and sleeping in what will probably end up being a combination of rustic cabins and motels. I’m currently drafting this blog post while sitting near my very warm wood-burning stove in a small cabin a good …

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Fall Prairie at Jay Woods

One of the brightest prairie flowers blooming right now is New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), here with the ellipsoid (egg-shaped) seed heads of grey-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), whose seeds, by the way, smell pleasant enough to rid your hands of snake musk if you ever happen to be looking to remove that particular odor from …

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