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.

A Ribwort Plantain Grows, Four Stories High, in San Francisco

August 24, 2016 by Ali Budner

A muralist highlights overlooked nature in San Francisco.

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What’s Next for the Redwoods?

July 11, 2016 by Joan Hamilton

A bold new design for the redwood forests of the 21st century is forged in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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An Emissary of the Bay’s Forgotten Beaches

July 01, 2016 by Eric Simons

Hardly anyone knew about the plant called sea-blite when it lived on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. No one noticed when it disappeared. Now, thirty years after it went locally extinct, a freelance coastal ecologist sets out on an unlikely mission to bring it back.

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Into the Realm of Awe

June 27, 2016 by David Loeb

There's something about old-growth redwoods. But there's something about second-growth, too.

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Nature Journaling: John Muir Laws and the Art of Slowing Down, Sitting Still, and Paying Attention

April 18, 2016 by John Muir Laws

"As a naturalist, educator, and artist, I have found that my journal is the most necessary tool I carry into the field with me; it is even more necessary than my binoculars."

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In the Third Spring After the Morgan Fire, Just Add Water to Mount Diablo for Flowers

April 15, 2016 by Joan Hamilton

With 38 inches of rain at the top of the mountain since last summer, the bloom has been great all over Mount Diablo.

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Ask the Naturalist: Where are the Flowers on Mount Diablo?

April 15, 2016 by Beth Slatkin

Where to go for spring 2016.

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The Native Plants of the Quiroste Valley

April 01, 2016 by Sue Rosenthal

Better know some of the common plants of the Amah Mutsun world.

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The Livermore Tarweed Lives Happily Ever After(?)

March 14, 2016 by Eric Simons

The Livermore tarweed is indistinct, hairy, and smelly. It is also exceedingly rare and in imminent danger.

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Identifying With Lichen

February 01, 2016 by Elizabeth Lopatto

In which California is the first state to have a state lichen.

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