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Bomb ass free wild passionfruit! Like sour candy. Does anyone know where to find pawpaw around northern Florida? I've never had it, and I really want to try it.
🔊 This ginger allegedly makes great shampoo and insect repellent. It smells amazing. Anyone know the species?
Hiked around a bit before the hurricane/tropical storm hits. I hope these little buddies fare well over the next week.
I cannot believe I found this in the wild. (Passiflora incarnata)
Flower to mature fruit on a single shoot. American beautyberry is everywhere around here! One of the oddball mint species. (Callicarpa americana)
An unplanned hike at Tickfaw State Park ended in a spotting of an unidentified Passiflora. (Edit: Looks like it's Passiflora lutea) #passifloralutea
I suppose it wouldn't feel right to leave New Mexico without being threatened one last time by a rattlesnake. I yelled when I saw this one. They never fail to scare the shit out of me. On another note, does anyone know how to upload videos to Instagram from Samsung phone videos without having the quality drastically reduced?
A pack of javalinas wandered through the conference venue this morning. Can you spot the baby? Apologies for the shaky cam.
I've had some fun exploring Tuscon's flora while trying not to die of heat exhaustion. If you're at the Botany Conference on Wednesday and want to hear about Leucaena (Fabaceae) phylotranscriptomics, come on over to my talk.
I had to escort this smiling gecko out of my bedroom just now. It can hang out with the box turtle that's been showing up at my bedroom screen door at 6am a couple days this week.
Can someone please tell me who to call!? This 5'×20'×2' tank is full of tar, and it's leaking into the desert. Animals are dying in it, and it smells terribly of petrochemicals. I'm a little upset right now.
These edible honey mesquite pods taste EXACTLY like a strawberry-banana smoothie! The green pods are super bitter though. (Prosopis glandulosa)
I was excited to meet Vitex agnus-castus when I first moved to NM. It grows a lot like cannabis in many ways. It's nearly as smelly, but sort of sage-like rather than skunky. I grew this one from seed provided by @the_urban_botanist .
I found my all-time favorite plant in northern New Mexico. This was the most colorful population I've ever seen! If you're familiar with Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia, maybe the colors on the calyx will be impressive.
Wild strawberries from the Jemez Mountains. (Fragaria sp.)
See the second photo for sotol Cheetos. (Dasylirion wheeleri)
Some stuff from my hike today. As far as I know, the second photo is the first recorded occurence of Monarda fistulosa in flower in the Organs.