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

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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Best Bay Area hikes into wildflower country

March 28, 2013 by Kristen Martz

Got some time on a beautiful spring weekend? Spend it in wildflower country on some of the Bay Area's best hikes.

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Bay Area native plants play it safe, biologically speaking

March 14, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

Bay Area plant species bloom to their own tune. Our plants are always sending something out, but they've also learned to play it safe.

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Madeline’s Garden

March 13, 2013 by Paul Epstein

A resident of Saratoga, Madeline Morrow sits on the Steering Committee of the 2013 “Going Native” tour, a two-day extravaganza ...

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Planting in memory of MLK

January 23, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

What's native plant restoration have to do with MLK Day? Maybe not a whole lot, unless you spend it on the MLK Regional Shoreline planting seven varieties of wetland species.

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A marvel of magnolias

January 14, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Magnolias may not be native to Northern California. But the SF Botanical Garden has been conserving this endangered flowering tree, and now's the time to see them in full bloom.

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Trees snag Oakland’s first major creek daylighting project

December 20, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

A 250-foot stretch of Sausal Creek would see the light of day. But Oakland's plans to remove 84 trees, many of them coast redwoods, has raised an uproar among Dimond Park users.

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