BBY007 :: Unknown shrub

Possibly Gaylussacia baccata or Vaccinium membranaceum (black huckleberry). However, one thing that has me questioning that possibility is that the leaves on my observed plant are not alternating. I don’t have enough photos from the summer to look at other parts of the plant. Really, seeing the buds and flowers come out in the springContinue reading “BBY007 :: Unknown shrub”

BBY004 :: Alnus rubra

Called red alder, Oregon alder, or western alder, A. rubra is part of the Betulaceae family (the birches). The tree grows female cones and male catkins on the same branch. The bark is often marked by small to large white patches of lichen that thrive on certain trees. Specimen recorded July 24, 2020, 18:04 atContinue reading “BBY004 :: Alnus rubra”

BBY003 :: Betula papyrifera var. commutata

Paper birch, western white birch. As we will see in next week’s post and still more to come, the first day’s expedition to track the species at Burnaby Lake was a bit naïve and ambitious. I correctly distinguished that entries 003 and 004 were different trees while out in the field; however, after reviewing myContinue reading “BBY003 :: Betula papyrifera var. commutata”

BBY002 :: Spiræa douglasii

Rose spirea, hardhack, Douglas spirea, steeplebush. Another member of the rose family (see 001 last week), this native bush produces beautiful fuzzy flowers all around the lake for much of the summer. I’ve seen red-winged blackbirds sitting in the dried upper branches eating the seeds. While native, bountiful, and beautiful in North America, this speciesContinue reading “BBY002 :: Spiræa douglasii”