Pedagogy of the Plants

Ephemeral Ghost Pipe

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Monotropa uniflora

The illusive rows of ghostly flowers are actually a fungus feeding on fungi that’s feeding on tree roots. They’re epiparasites, or parasites sourcing nutrients from other parasites.

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Monotropa unifloraHiawa

Eastern Native American tribes once used ghost pipe as an anticonvulsive and painkiller.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

June Foraging

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Cantharellus cibarius

A bike ride to a secret spot off South Milledge reveals a neon patch of orange on the forest floor. Click here for a simple and delicious recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

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June 26, 2020 at 11:41 am

Aquatic Social Distancing

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Lake Tree

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March 25, 2020 at 8:41 am

Matanzas Inlet Gets Rinsed

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March 22, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Vernal Purple Invader

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Wisteria 2 (1)

Wisteria sinensis

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Wisteria sinensis

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March 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Neon Sea Grape Venation

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Coccoloba uvifera

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Coccoloba uvifera

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Coccoloba uvifera

For a sea grape jelly recipe and more, click here.

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March 15, 2020 at 6:54 pm

Snake Plants Occupy Coquina Beach

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Sansevieria trifasciata

Sabal Roots on Rattlesnake Island

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Sabal palmetto

Don’t they look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book?

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March 15, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Reclamation

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Taraxacum officinale

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Kalanchoe daigremontiana

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Portulaca oleracea

 

Succulents and dandelions reclaim sandy soil from a tired, cracking tennis court. In the words of author Richard Powers, “There’s always as much belowground as above.”

Nantahala National Forest Pollinator Party

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Written by Cameron Brooks

September 1, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Kudzu Bloom

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Pueraria lobata

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Pueraria lobata

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September 1, 2019 at 9:19 am

Antigua Black Pineapple Farm

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Pineapple Farm in Saint Mary Parish, Antigua

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Ananas comosus

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July 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Flamboyant Tree

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Delonix regia

Antigua locals call this tree “chuk chuk” due to the sound the seed pod makes when used as a rhythmic musical instrument.

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July 16, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Buttonbush

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Cephalanthus occidentalis

Click here for buttonbush photos taken over 1,700 miles away from the one featured above.

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 16, 2019 at 12:13 pm

West Indian Fuzzy Chiton

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Acanthopleura granulata

The West Indian fuzzy chiton attaches itself to limestone cliffs throughout the Caribbean while munching on algae.

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Limestone Cliff in Dickenson Bay

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July 16, 2019 at 11:51 am

Beach Morning Glory

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Ipomea pes-caprae

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Summer Storm Over Ormond Beach

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June 17, 2019 at 11:58 am

Pink Invader

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Albizia julibrissin

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June 17, 2019 at 10:49 am

Chance Encounter Under the Overpass

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Odocoileus virginianus

Amidst kudzu and trumpet creeper, a doe stands sentry high above the North Oconee Greenway on a Sunday afternoon.

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June 17, 2019 at 10:34 am

Curry and Eggs

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Murraya koenigii

Murraya koenigii (and Halyomorpha halys)

A curious array of stink bug eggs is almost tossed into a pan of shimmering olive oil. Once apparent, they’re returned to the potted plant. Hopefully the compassionate act doesn’t end in the decimation of beloved leaves.

Click here for the vegan pozole recipe these tiny orbs almost joined.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 4, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Barometer Earthstar

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Astraeus hygrometricus

In the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, a chance encounter with this earthstar over a year ago required balance. Literally.

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Astraeus hygrometricus

The High Shoals Creek Falls Trail was closed, but a fallen tree offered intrepid hikers views of the waterfall. A mud-caked log was the only route across the creek after a tree chopped the footbridge in half.

The curious alien spore sac rested on a rock next to the platform/overlook.