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

‘Slow Coast’ May Get a National Monument

February 16, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

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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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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