Tuesday, September 27, 2011

3 families, 3 plants

  • Think Santa, think mistletoe. That's right, number 17 on the plant list for Field Studies at CFHS is Desert Mistletoe (Phoradendron californicum) in the Santalaceae Family. (Okay, it's the Sandalwood Family, but Santa works, too). The berries on this plant are beloved by the Phainopepla (one of the birds from the previous unit in this class). 
  • Think Sap in da bush for the Sapindacea (Soapberry) Family and number 29 Hop Bush (Dodonaea viscosa). 
  • Number 18 is Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata), a plant of the Zygophyllaceae Family. (The only other plant in Sabino Canyon in this family is Puncture Vine Tribulus terrestris, which was introduced from Europe.) 

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