Plants and Fungi

From majestic 300-foot redwoods to the luscious black witch’s butter mushroom, the San Francisco Bay Area is alive with plants and fungi. Yet many of these rooted natives are threatened by the twin forces of development and invasive species, making their survival particularly critical for the food web.

Latest from Plants and Fungi

A Conservationist’s Take on the Knowland Park Controversy

November 17, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The City of Oakland is about to make a major decision on the future of one of the Bay Area's last remaining maritime chaparral communities.

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Drought Brings Right Conditions to Stem Sudden Oak Death

November 11, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The California drought is bad for most species, including the fungal pathogen that kills oaks.

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Mushrooms to the Rescue!

November 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

In the glare of the bright sunshine flooding Duffel Meadow, a pale swath of cattle-trodden grassland near Orinda, several dozen ...

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San Francisco’s Street Trees in Poor Shape as City Shifts Upkeep to Residents

October 30, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Advocates say SF is losing its urban forest because of a budget shortfall for tree maintenance.

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Saying “Yes” to Habitat Gardens

October 22, 2014 by Paul Epstein

Award-winning master gardener Kate Frey believes gardens should be for more than just show.

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The Only Plant of Its Kind, Living Life in a San Mateo Agricultural Field

September 05, 2014 by Becca Andrews

In a single agricultural field on the San Mateo County coast, the entire known world population of Ornduff's meadowfoam is thriving.

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Replanting the Bay’s Underwater Meadows

August 26, 2014 by Katie Harrington

A new effort has been launched to restore 70 acres of native eelgrass in the San Francisco Bay, paid for with Cosco Busan oil spill money.

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In San Francisco, A Dying Forest Waits for Action

July 23, 2014 by Becca Andrews

Mount Sutro’s once-thriving blue gum eucalyptus trees are dying. At the moment, though, there's no approved environmental impact report for maintenance, and in the absence of major work conditions are deteriorating fast.

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Chasing the Fire Followers

May 22, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Botanist Heath Bartosh, co-founder of Nomad Ecology, gained an early appreciation for the rich botanical wealth of the Golden State.

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Redwoods with Michael Ellis

May 12, 2014 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Michael Ellis tells the fascinating story of the Bay Area’s primeval giants, Sequoia sempervirens. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi. ...

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