11-04-14 Field Note

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11-04-14 Field Note

November 4, 2014

Prairie Wolfe's Phenology Field Note describes new and old plant growth.

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Phenology Field Note New and Old Plant Growth Prairie Wolfe November 3, 2014

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Fallen leaves expose new patterns to dwell on (Populus tremuloides, Floodplain).

Few stork’s bills emerged this spring, but recent rainfall has produced thousands of new germinates (Erodium cicutarium, Center Pivot).

From bare ground erupts sign of life tenacious (Poa bulbosa, Restoration.)

Ripe capsules remain on a ninebark shrub well after the leaves have fallen (Physocarpus malvaceus, Native).

The fog-filled valley brings thoughts of Glacial Lake Missoula.

A second green-up adds color back into the grasslands (Pseudoroegneria spicata, North Ridge).

Seedling identification resembles puzzle solving. Cotyledon shape and size along with nearby structures offer clues.