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.

Calochortus Lilies Catch the Eye

May 04, 2015 by Lech Naumovich

It’s the calochortus lily's floral display that catches everyone’s eyes: from the pendant snowy drops of the white fairy lantern to the purplish hirsute petals of Tolmie’s pussy ears to the open golden landing pad adorned with rich burgundy splashes of the yellow mariposa lily, the flowers of this genus regularly inspire awe and cause digital camera cards to fill up quickly.

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A Natural History of That Little Yellow Flower That’s Everywhere Right Now

March 11, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

Oxalis provides a delightful burst of yellow color in the spring. Also, it's eating the entire Bay Area alive.

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‘Slow Coast’ May Get a National Monument

February 16, 2015 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument has a certain ring to it.

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A Voice for Native Plants Turns 50

January 07, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

U ntil a few years ago, few people knew about the rare plant communities that persisted quietly in a lightly ...

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California Poppies with Michael Ellis

December 29, 2014 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Michael Ellis explains the golden state’s namesake flower. ...

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Water Hyacinth Thrives in Drought Stricken Delta

December 22, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Drought brings ideal conditions for rapid spread of water hyacinth in the Delta.

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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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