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kaitlyntexley

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December 3, 2013 09:18 AM PST

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mabfae

Date

November 4, 2013 11:14 AM HST

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mossy

Date

October 16, 2013

Description

No sporophytes but the dark green color gave it away as a dung moss.

On the Church Creek trail in the old road section.

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mossy

Date

September 10, 2013

Description

Above 4,500 feet in the Olympics

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 11:00 AM PDT

Description

Directions from Olympia:
101 North to 6 miles north of Shelton; left on Skokomish Valley Road (at State Fish Hatchery). Go 5.3 miles; right on Forest Service Road #23. Go 13.5 miles; right at fork on #2361. Go 3.4 miles; left at fork on #2361-600. Go 2 miles to the end of the road and the Church Creek Trail trailhead.

Pathfinder has broadly arrow-shaped leaves with wavy margins and most notably, silver undersides that will show you the way home after you've walked through a stand of it. Tall, thin, hairy flower stalks with loose clusters of tiny white composite flowers. Massed at the base of a big silver fir with Maianthemum, oak fern/Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Gallium spp., bunchberry/Cornus canadensis, foamflower/Tiarella trifoliata, rosy twisted stalk.

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 04:15 PM PDT

Description

Like a smaller version of salal. Placed a salal leaf in the center of the photo for perspective. Starting at about 2500 feet elevation, the slope moderates and the timber species begin transitioning to those of higher elevations. Present are both western and mountain hemlocks, redcedar and yellow-cedar. The understory is primarily composed of huckleberries, V. membranaceum and V. ovalifolia, and beargrass, with plenty of other species tucked in and mosses covering every open space.

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 04:30 PM PDT

Description

For directions see top entry of the day.

Growing about a small seep in an area of numerous seeps and rills that feed a stream about a hundred feet below. Associated with big huckleberry, devil's club, deer fern, violet, oak fern, foamflower, waterleaf, Sitka valerian, salmonberry, slender orchids. See entry for Gaultheria ovatifolia for a more detailed description of the habitat.

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club moss Genus Lycopodium

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 03:00 PM PDT

Description

For directions see top entry of the day.

Bright green, leafy-to the point of looking fuzzy-stems. The bushy photo shows mostly one stem, with lateral stems coming up and curling over that main stem. Deer fern, salal, red huckleberry, twinflower, and overhead a mass of Pacific yew/Taxus brevifolia that sweeps downslope.

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 02:45 PM PDT

Description

For directions see the top entry of the day.

Growing on the lowest, shadiest bank of a steeply graded seasonal stream, no doubt impressive during spring melt but just dripping at this season. The thalli seem more round than Pojar's oblong ribbons, but otherwise...dark green and shiny. Check; 4-8 mm. Check; unbranched or in pairs. Check; wavy edges. Check; small blisters at midrib. Check. Oak ferns/Gymnocarpium dryopteris growing out of it. Wonder how the spores of the fern got into the mat of liverwort and found a purchase. Water I'd guess.

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Boykinia elata Boykinia occidentalis

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 01:00 PM PDT

Description

For directions see the top entry of the day.

A perennial saxifrage I'd never seen before. Distinctive heart-shaped leaves with deep pointy lobes and jagged margins, the leaves getting smaller as they go up the flower stems. Following Pojar's description, I could pick out with my hand lens the brown bristles like loose threads at the stipules, as well as the red glandular hairs of the flower stems. Flowers white, 5 petals, grouped near the top of the stems. Associated with deer fern, goatsbeard, vanilla leaf, devil's club.

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 12:30 PM PDT

Description

A trailing evergreen bramble, snow bramble has very shiny leaves, the older ones dark green, the new growth bright green. Leaves in various combinations, either in three parts, merged to three lobes, or entire and heart-shaped. The whole plant prickly, even the ribs on the underside of the leaves. Associated with violet/Viola spp., deer fern, vanilla leaf, bunchberry, fool's huckleberry/Menziesia ferruginea, red huckleberry.

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 11:45 AM PDT

Description

For directions see top entry of the day.

Leaves certainly do look like a smaller, rounder version of ginger/Asarum. Long cluster of alternating, nodding, cup-shaped flowers that darken white to pink to deep red from the centers to the tips of the petals. Chose this one at the edge of the trail for a photo because it was still in bloom. Others massed at the base of a big silver fir with mosses, bunchberry, red huckleberry, twinflower.

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 11:30 AM PDT

Description

For directions see top entry of the day.

40 cm. tall. Flowers are more pale and green than the photo with flash captured. Following Pojar's description, I could pick out the inflated spurs of the topmost flowers, while the lower flowers had seed capsules. Mossy seep with maidenhair, deer, oak, and lady ferns. Overhead sapling red cedar and vine maple.

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 11:15 AM PDT

Description

For directions see top entry of the day.

I tried to carve a little picture in this artist conk, but it seemed too "wet," no dark interior. They lay down annual rings like a tree, so I guess I have to wait until the spring growth has ripened. Mosses claimed the rest of this log but only rimmed this butt end.

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jimbelli

Date

July 14, 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Description

Called Devil's matchstick. This almost made up for not finding a hornwort.

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christmastree

Date

June 29, 2013

Description

this little flower seemed to be growing everywhere along the trail.

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christmastree

Date

June 29, 2013

Description

little doug fir sapling growing under neath a much older douglas fir

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gabby92

Date

June 28, 2013

Description

Location: south fork of the Skokomihs river 1.8 mi. in.

Description: long stalk, trumpet-shape, yellow flower, oval, coarsely toothed leaves

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gabby92

Date

June 28, 2013

Description

Location: south fork of the Skokomihs river 1.8 mi. in.

Description: long stalk, trumpet-shape, yellow flower, oval, coarsely toothed leaves

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christmastree

Date

June 29, 2013

Description

Cat-tail moss as an epiphytic friend to a western hemlock.

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christmastree

Date

June 29, 2013

Description

Habitat: Side of trail, going higher in elevation. Coniferous forest with deciduous shrubs.

Vegetation: Mossy ground covering, herbaceous plants and shrubs surrounding area, common plants include salal, dull oregon grape, vacciniums, and twinflower.

Species: Western hemlock - Tsuga heterophylla. Distinguishing features include the needles of different length; hense the latin meanings "hetero" and "phylla"

From US Highway 101 turn west onto the Skokomish Valley Road (6 miles north of Shelton and 7 miles south of Hoodsport)
Drive west on the Skokomish Valley Road from the George Adams State Fish Hatchery for about 5 miles to FS Road 23.
Turn right onto FS 23 and drive 9.0 miles to FS Road 2353. Turn right onto FS 2353 and drive approximately ¾ mile to the South Fork Skokomish River Bridge.
turn left after the bridge, the parking area for the trail head will be on your left about .2 miles down South Fork Skokomish Trailhead.

Most of the smaller conifers I observed were hemlocks as opposed to douglas firs, why is this? The large old-growth type trees we're predominately douglas firs, as evident by bark type and their unique cones found on the forest floor. I saw far more doug-fir cones than hemlock cones. Perhaps the hemlocks are second-growth trees?

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christmastree

Date

June 29, 2013

Description

Haircap moss growing next to a few unidentified mosses and lichens surrounded by doug-fir needle leaf litter.

Species: Polytrichum juniperinum - Juniper haircap moss.

Habitat: Lower elevation on the trail head, doug-fir hemlock forest dominated forest. Specimen found on exposed rocky area.

Vegetation: Other species present included Acer circinatum, Gaultheria shallon, Manonia nervosa, Vaccinium spp.

Weather: Sunny day, mid to upper 70's, slightly humid.

Route:

From US Highway 101 turn west onto the Skokomish Valley Road (6 miles north of Shelton and 7 miles south of Hoodsport)
Drive west on the Skokomish Valley Road from the George Adams State Fish Hatchery for about 5 miles to FS Road 23.
Turn right onto FS 23 and drive 9.0 miles to FS Road 2353. Turn right onto FS 2353 and drive approximately ¾ mile to the South Fork Skokomish River Bridge.
turn left after the bridge, the parking area for the trail head will be on your left about .2 miles down South Fork Skokomish Trailhead.

This particular moss was growing sympatrically with other species of moss and lichens, which leads me to question the soil type and habitat that this species and other bryophytes prefer. Also interesting to note that I only noticed this moss at lower elevations on the trail.

I wonder if there is a particular soil type/ pH that Polytrichum moss prefers, and if so, what is it? I also wonder the specific elevations Polytrichum prefers, if any.

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mossy

Date

April 8, 2013

Description

They sit still long enough for good macro shots when they are on ice.

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brojes19

Date

November 3, 2012

Description

Growing on ground.
Height of specimen: 15cm
Crown diameter of Coral fungi: 10.5cm
Width of stem at base: 2cm

Dominant Species: Pseudotsuga menziesii, Tsuga heterophylla, Thuja Plicata, Acer circinatum, Polystichum munitum (Coniferous old growth forest)

There were several on the ground growing right next to each other.

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dabirdoprey

Date

October 9, 2012

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Growing in old growth Douglas fir forest with mixed understory species of Acer macrophyllum, Tsuga heterophylla, Gaultheria shallon, and Mahonia nervosa. It was fairly abundant both hanging from branches and on the ground from falling.

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mossy

Date

October 17, 2012

Description

I believe our long dry summer allowed this Ganoderma to reach monumental proportions. Last year at this same time and in the same place the Ganoderma were already rotten.

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Ensatina Ensatina eschscholtzii

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mossy

Date

October 22, 2012

Description

This cute little gal was hiding under a mushroom. She had a white belly.

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imatsuoka

Date

October 1, 2012

Description

Growing on a decayed log near the trail. It had no bruising color change and an "earthy with a hint of lemon" smell. It also had honeycomb like pores and a chalky taste.

I did not have my camera when I collected this specimen. The photograph is after drying.

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imatsuoka

Date

October 1, 2012

Description

Off the Lower S. Fork Skok trail, on a decayed log beneath a 4 ft diameter Doug Fir.

I did not have my camera when I collected this specimen. The photo was taken after it had been dehydrated.

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cousar06

Date

October 1, 2012

Description

Found on Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) trees in the Olympic National Forest. I could see the lichen across a valley on the trees swaying in the wind. They can grow up to 3 meters long! Light green in color, fructicose pendulous thallus, with a central cord and numerous fibrils, they are indicators of clean air and are sensitive to pollution. A common name for this species is "Methuselahs Beard" or "Old Man's Beard".