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

Should I kill invasive trees with herbicides?

September 13, 2013 by Lech Naumovich

An Oakland resident wants to know how to kill off invasive trees from her garden.

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Santa Cruz cypress delisted as endangered species

September 02, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Another success of the Endangered Species Act. The Santa Cruz cypress, a small evergreen, is doing well thanks to protections.

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Redwoods growing faster in a warmer climate

August 14, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Surprisingly, climate change happens to be a good thing for coastal redwoods and sequoias.

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California buckeyes know what to do in summer dry spell — hibernate

July 08, 2013 by Constance Taylor

What does a California buckeye know that many imported plants around here don't? Duh, you don't go full steam in the hot, dry summer.

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Leaves of three: The rash success of poison oak

June 30, 2013 by Bay Nature

Poison oak is one native plant people love to hate. But it does have a good side, feeding birds and other wildlife. For people, the best thing is to learn to recognize it, and step aside.

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Don’t get PO’ed: Poison oak tales of woe, and some ID assistance

June 18, 2013 by Bay Nature

Summer's the time to get outside, but in California that also means steering clear of poison oak. Here are some tales of woe, and a video to help you avoid getting POed.

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Ithuriel’s Spear and Other Spears of Springtime

April 11, 2013 by Ron Sullivan

Ithuriel's spear and similar flowers are some of our most charismatic springtime blooms. Just don't drive off the road next time they show their stuff!

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Iconic tree at Mount Davidson topples over

April 11, 2013 by David Cruz

The dead eucalyptus had its admirers and opponents. Now it's gone forever.

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The Phenology Project

April 01, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

The California Phenology Project's citizen scientists are studying changes in plant life cycles to better understand local climate change impacts.

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Turning Blue: Ain’t nothing but a hound’s tongue!

March 29, 2013 by John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws turns his naturalist's eye and paintbrushes to the hound's tongue, one of our early spring bloomers.

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