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What

deer fern Blechnum spicant

Observer

kendra27

Date

November 20, 2014

Description

Found with two fronds; the sterile lower to the ground, evergreen, leathery leaflets, stipes dark purplish brown, and the fertile leaves upright from the center of the plant, deciduous, much narrower and sometimes rolled in near-tubes around the sori.

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What

maidenhair ferns Genus Adiantum

Observer

heatherrackley

Date

October 20, 2014

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Observer

stellarose

Date

October 20, 2014

Place

Staircase (Google, OSM)

Description

Commonly known as the snake liverwort, this is the largest of the thalloid liverworts. Thallus pale to dark green, dichotomously branching. The dorsal surface of C. conicum is covered with tiny hexagons, which makes the entire thallus seem snake-like. In the center of each hexagon is a pore.

Can be found on moist rocks and wet inorganic soils.

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Observer

water

Date

October 20, 2014 11:06 AM PDT

Description

Found at staircase on field trip to Olympic Peninsula. Very large with a droop at the top. Flat and scaly leaves. Didnt see the cones.

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What

True Mosses Class Bryopsida

Observer

water

Date

October 20, 2014 11:18 AM PDT

Description

Found at staircase. Glossy and dingy hanging off of many trees. Obvious midrib on leaves.

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What

maidenhair ferns Genus Adiantum

Observer

water

Date

October 20, 2014 12:11 PM PDT

Description

Found at the staircase trail on our fieldtrip. Palmate branching. Scaly rhizomes. Had black stems and sori. Close to the ground in a very shaded area.

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What

Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Pseudotsuga menziesii

Observer

water

Date

October 20, 2014 11:05 AM PDT

Description

Found at head of staircase entrance and throughout. Erect top. Branches were droopy. Flat needles but pointy. Didnt see the cones.

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What

deer fern Blechnum spicant

Observer

stellarose

Date

October 18, 2014

Description

Dimorphic perennial fern from short, thick rhizome.

Sterile leaves evergreen, spreading, lanceolate, pinnately cleft (regularly deeply lobed); located on outside of plant. Fertile fronds erect, arising from center of plant, narrowly lanceolate, once-pinnate, withering soon after shedding spores.

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What

deer fern Blechnum spicant

Observer

abbyjean12

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

One of the deer fern's most distinct characteristics are its two different fronds - sterile and fertile. The sterile fronds are dark green, pinnatifid, lie horizontal to the ground, and spread out in a rosette. The fertile fronds stand vertically out of the center of the sterile frond rosette. The fertile frond leaflets are much thinner and widely spread apart than the sterile fronds'. Near the end of summer the fertile fronds turn brown, as they had in this specimen.

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Observer

caoimheanne

Date

October 15, 2014 12:04 PM PDT

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What

Orange Peel Fungus Aleuria aurantia

Observer

caoimheanne

Date

October 20, 2014 01:15 PM PDT

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What

glittering wood-moss Hylocomium splendens

Observer

danielleflock

Date

October 28, 2014 04:24 PM PDT

Place

Staircase (Google, OSM)

Description

Plants large, robust, somewhat shiny, up to 20 cm long; stems twice pinnately branched, with abundant small, green filaments (paraphyllia) visible with a hand lens; annual growth increments visible as individual, arched segments, each arising just behind tip of previous year's.

Leaves: 2-4 mm long; branch leaves narrowly egg-shaped, sharply pointed; stem leaves elliptic below, gradually tapering to a longer, wavy, slender point; midribs 2, inconspicuous; cells elongate.

Sporophytes: Not uncommon, growing from the side of the stem; capsules inclined, smooth, curved and cylindrical.

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What

deer fern Blechnum spicant

Observer

megan2

Date

October 20, 2014 11:57 AM PDT

Description

Deer fern sited at staircase in The Olympic National Park. The center fron is the non photosynthetic reproductive fron.

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What

Jewelled Amanita Amanita gemmata

Observer

caoimheanne

Date

October 20, 2014 12:44 PM PDT

Place

Staircase (Google, OSM)

Description

growing singly in old growth forest.
pale yellow cap with striations at edges
whitish gills and stipe
obvious veil remnants on cap and stipe
cap approximately 8 cm
stipe approximately 2 cm
mild smell

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Observer

caoimheanne

Date

October 20, 2014 02:07 PM PDT

Place

Staircase (Google, OSM)

Description

bright yellow jelly fungus
found growing on fallen tree
range from 5 mm to 4 cm in width
mild smell
gelatinous, hard and somewhat slimy to the touch
very mild taste

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What

five-fingered fern Adiantum aleuticum

Observer

irenemoore

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

This is a palmately branched five-fingered fern, or western maidenhair fern. Not to be confused with Adiuantum pedatum, native to eastern North America, Adiantum aleuticum is a perennial fern from the family Polypodiaceae. No sori were found underneath the fronds as shown in picture 2, however, you can see the "flap-like indusium," or the thin, floppy shield, formed by the inrolled leaf margin, covering where a sorus would be on the frond. The leaf stalk is blackish-brown. It thrives in moist environments so it fits right in at the base of the rain forest.

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Observer

shelbyrodriguez

Date

October 15, 2014 11:24 AM PDT

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What

Red-cracking Bolete (Boletus chrysenteron) Boletus chrysenteron

Observer

crhoades

Date

October 15, 2014 10:44 AM PDT

Description

At Brown Creek. Was located in a cavern created by fallen logs. Douglas fir predominate. Cap pink with brown over coat. Pores tired yellow in color, stem predominantly this color but with auburn splotches.

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What

maidenhair fern Adiantum pedatum

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Palmately branched with black petioles . Leaflets are lobed and delicate. Dies in winter.

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What

maidenhair ferns Genus Adiantum

Observer

stellarose

Date

October 18, 2014

Description

Deciduous perennial fern. Stalks dark brown to black, fine and smooth; leaves broadly fan-shaped, palmately branched,palmately twice-pinnate from a stout, scaley rhizome.

Pinnae toothed on one side, with edges curling underneath. Sori born under the curled lip of each pinnae.

Family: Pteridaceae
Common Name: Maidenhair Fern

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What

red huckleberry Vaccinium parvifolium

Observer

abbyjean12

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Small, oval leaflets that are bright green. Leaves and leaflets are pinnately compound and alternate. The fruit (which was not present) are small, bright red berries that are edible.

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What

Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla

Observer

abbyjean12

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Younger tree with the drooping leader, iconic to Western Hemlocks. Had needle-like leaves that were both bright and dark green and were flattened.

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What

vanilla leaf Achlys triphylla

Observer

ponyboy22

Date

October 20, 2014 12:29 PM PDT

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What

glittering wood-moss Hylocomium splendens

Observer

sageferd

Date

October 20, 2014 12:33 PM PDT

Description

Step moss, is a large shiny moss that can get up to 20 cm with twice pinnately branched stems. The moss has multiple layers along the stem

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What

vine maple Acer circinatum

Observer

irenemoore

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

A vine maple, or Acer circinatum of the family Sapindanceae, was spotted in the Olympic National Forest. They can grow from 16-26ft, and this one was standing at about 18ft. The vegetation that clings to its trunk and branches thrives in this moist weather, and it is completely covered in the moss and lichen companions. Although they can be cultivated on open ground, this vine maple was found in the shade of the much larger trees of the forest.

Its leaves are palmately lobed with 7-9 toothy, pointed lobes each, and are arranged oppositely about the branches. This small tree also has samara with wings that line up laterally. In the Spring we would see its small, red flowers with green-yellow petals in the center.

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What

deer fern Blechnum spicant

Observer

klynne

Date

October 20, 2014 11:53 AM PDT

Description

This specimen of Blechnum spicant, or deer fern, was found along the Rapids Loop Trail at Staircase in the Olympic National Park near a moist bank. It shows the fertile stipe still attached and the low dark green sterile leaves a brilliant color.

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What

vanilla leaf Achlys triphylla

Observer

klynne

Date

October 20, 2014 12:29 PM PDT

Description

Achhlys triphylla, or vanilla leaf, has long stalks with 3 fan shaped asymmetrical coarsely blunt-toothed leaflets. No flowers were seen. The individuals did not populate a large areas mostly lining the path and numbered around 12. I find it interesting that the leaves if picked smell of vanilla and can be used as an insect repellent.

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Observer

klynne

Date

October 20, 2014 12:22 PM PDT

Description

This specimen of Gymnocarpium dryopteris was found along the Staircase Rapids Loop trail in the Olympic National Park. As you can see from the picture the fronds are decaying at the end of the season. Oak fern is broadly triangular and 2-3x pinnate.

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What

vine maple Acer circinatum

Observer

sgadber

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

In temperate rain forest associated with old growth large conifers. Palmately lobed leaves 10 cm across and therefore much smaller than the big leaf maple also found in this forest. Leaves are brilliant green with lighter underside, but turning yellow in this fall time. No samara present at this time. Slender branches.

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What

Licorice Fern Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Observer

sgadber

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Single pointy, pinnate fronts up to a foot long, living epiphytic on large leaf maple in temperate rain forest. Rich green color in wet environment.