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vivalabotany

Date

October 20, 2014 12:57 PM PDT

Description

These mature Boletus zelleri were found during a drizzely day at Staircase, WA. They are mature and the yellow pores are becoming darker blue due to bruising. It was found among old growth conifers, hemlocks, and hardwoods. The stem is red/ fibrous/ stuffed.

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alyatoquinto

Date

November 6, 2014

Description

Growing on the trunk of a small Western Hemlock, in Hemlock dominated forest. Scattered all over the ground in the surrounding area.

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glittering wood-moss Hylocomium splendens

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heatherrackley

Date

October 23, 2014

Description

The stem is thick and red in color. Leaves are light green and branching at each node. The sporophyte is rising from the side of the stem but more toward the top. Capsules are beaked. Growing on duff and fallen rotting logs.Hummus rich soils, Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) and Thuja plicata (western red cedar) are the dominant tree species. The stem is thick and red in color. Leaves are light green and branching at each node. The sporophyte is rising from the side of the stem but more toward the top. Capsules are beaked. Growing on duff and fallen rotting logs.

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heatherrackley

Date

October 23, 2014

Description

These moss are about 3 cm tall with shiny transparent leaves. Sporophyte is about 3 cm growing out of the tip with a very small capsule. Growing on fallen rotting trees. Forest is very mature with many layers of plant species. The trees are Thuja plicata (western red cedar) Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) and Acer macrophyllum )bigleaf maple).

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stellarose

Date

October 20, 2014

Place

Staircase (Google, OSM)

Description

Leafy, acrocarpus, dioecious moss to 3cm tall. Smooth, rhizoid-free stems and large oval leaves with prominent central costa.

Males have flower-like antheridial heads with rosettes of leaves just at their stem tips, and females have leaves continuous along their stems.

Common in coniferous forests on decomposing logs, soil-covered rock, and humus. From low to subalpine elevations.

Common name: Fan moss
Rhizomnium = rhizoid-bearing, as many species of this genus have rhizoid-bearing stems; glabrescens = smooth, as this species has smooth stems that do not bear rhizoids.

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Grand Fir Abies grandis

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palmeg28

Date

October 20, 2014 02:35 PM PDT

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Jewelled Amanita Amanita gemmata

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megan2

Date

October 20, 2014 12:38 PM PDT

Description

This specimen was found alone at the base of a large conifer on a very rainy day at Staircase Rapids. The weather was in the 50's and it was cloudy.

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deer fern Blechnum spicant

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mitomito

Date

October 20, 2014 01:12 PM PDT

Description

Family Polypodiaceae

I found lots of deer fern while on a hike at Staircase in the Olympic National Park. Cloudy, light rain, 58°. I haven't noticed deer ferns before as I am used to the large amounts of sword ferns that grow around the Evergreen State College. This specimen is evergeen, tufted at the end, and smaller than I expected. It has a unique arc in the shape of the blades being shorter at the petiole and tip and longer in the middle of the frond. The leaflets are smooth, waxy, leathery, widely spaced, oblong, fully attached to the leaf axis along their bases, and the stipes are purplish/brownish. There are two types of fronds; sterile and fertile which the latter stands upright, arising out of the center clump and is deciduous.

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Dull Oregon grape Mahonia nervosa

Observer

mitomito

Date

October 20, 2014 01:52 PM PDT

Description

Family Berberidaceae

Found on the main trail at Staircase in the Olympic National Park. Cloudy, light rain, 58°. The plant's striking color immediately grabs my attention as I have not seen any dull Oregon grape like this before. It's neon oranges, yellows and greens are bright, beautiful, and stand out much more than the big leaf maple leaves around me. This shrub is stiff, erect, and rhizomatous. This stem has a total of 15 leaves that are less smooth than "Mahonia aquifoliam" yet are still slippery to the touch and less glossy underneath. The stem is about 14" long and about 6" wide with the leaves. The leaves are also alternate, spiky like holly, and the stem is reddish brown in color. The flowers are bright yellow, flower parts, are in sixes, and there are usually many erect clusters. The fruits are blue berries that are about 1cm wide and are usually in elongated cluster and are edible.

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klynne

Date

November 23, 2014

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klynne

Date

November 23, 2014

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klynne

Date

the past

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What

Lettuce Lichen Lobaria oregana

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klynne

Date

November 22, 2014

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klynne

Date

November 23, 2014

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klynne

Date

the past

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Roosevelt elk Cervus elaphus ssp. roosevelti

Observer

klynne

Date

the past

Description

Beautiful herd grouped in two along the trail back to the station after the suspension bridge. Estimated 15 elk - two males spotted. Kept a distance but they stayed near the path eager for us to leave to continue browsing.

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great scented liverwort Conocephalum conicum

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klynne

Date

the past

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deer fern Blechnum spicant

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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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maidenhair ferns Genus Adiantum

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heatherrackley

Date

October 20, 2014

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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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Roundback Slugs Family Arionidae

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mossy

Date

November 7, 2014

Description

Name that snail in another post fore this post can you name this slug for me. What the heck are they doing?

The slug looks happy, maybe they are courting? I mean it does not look like the snail is eating the slug. It looks like they are both saying hello. I know that the slugs bits are under the mantle and not in the tail, but still I suspect the slug is responding as if this is a courtship.

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mossy

Date

November 7, 2014

Description

Name that slug and in another post you can name that snail for me. What the heck are they doing?

The slug looks happy, maybe they are courting? I mean it does not look like the snail is eating the slug. It looks like they are both saying hello. I know that the slugs bits are under the mantle and not in the tail, but still I suspect the slug is responding as if this is a courtship.

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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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True Mosses Class Bryopsida

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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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maidenhair ferns Genus Adiantum

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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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Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Pseudotsuga menziesii

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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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deer fern Blechnum spicant

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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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Orange Peel Fungus Aleuria aurantia

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caoimheanne

Date

October 20, 2014 01:15 PM PDT

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glittering wood-moss Hylocomium splendens

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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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deer fern Blechnum spicant

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megan2

Date

October 20, 2014 11:57 AM PDT

Description

Deer fern sited at staircase in The Olympic National Park. The center frond is the reproductive frond which is surrounded by vegetative fronds. The leaflets are attached to the base. The sterile fronds are evergreen while the fertile one is deciduous.