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By Bill Rodgers
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Botany in the Blues

 

August 13, 2020

Bill Rodgers

Amil Doyle, left, describes the characteristics of Giant-hyssop or Horse-mint (Agastache) to four of the six attendees of Blue Mountain Land Trust's (www.BMLT.org) second "Botany in the Blues" outing of the 2020 season. The group, led by botanist Doyle, travelled to the Sawtooth Ridge trailhead (near Bluewood) last Saturday where they learned about the many abundant wild-flowers, lichens, trees, and ferns during their three-mile roundtrip walk along the ridge. Highlights included finding Pinedrops (Pterospora andromeda), Wintergreen (Pyrola), and Broomrape (Orobanche).

This was the fifth of the Botany in the Blues series of workshops since the first outing in 2018. Mr. Doyle also led a botanical excursion to Zumwalt Prairie in 2019 for the Blue Mountain Land Trust. Both of this year's workshops included an online instructional session several days before each of the field trips. Additional sessions of the popular Botany in the Blues workshops are anticipated in 2021.

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