Arquivos de periódicos de agosto 2021

16 de agosto de 2021

Pacific Rhododendron (Pacific Rhododendron)

There is quite a bit of variation within Pacific Rhododendron. DNA studies indicate there are about 4 clades in plants sampled from north+western California , north to Canada. See;
Prior to that two members of the American Rhododendron Society explored the Oregon Cascades near Detroit, Oregon for a few years trying to find plants with color variations. Their, and others', findings indicate the color of Pacific Rhododendron can range from white to dark pink. Summaries of, including photographs of color variations, their field trips can be found in the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society:

Publicado em 16 de agosto de 2021, 01:00 AM por geographerdave geographerdave | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

25 de agosto de 2021

White-flowered Rhododendron (Rhododendron albiflorum)

We went for a hike on August 23, 2021 to Umbrella Falls, Mount Hood, Mount Hood National Forest starting at the Elk Meadows Trailhead and then up to the falls on the Umbrella Falls Trail. Two known small patches of R. albiflorum were noted along Elk Meadows Trail at an elevation of about 4550 ft in rills (small gullies) above (west of) the trail. A third patch, at an elevation of about 4575 ft, was noted a hundred or so yards west of the Elk Meadows Trail north of the Umbrella Falls Trail. And finally a fourth patch as noted at about elevation 5125 near the Hood River Express ski lift.

At the first location north of the Elk Meadows Trailhead parking flowering had taken place as evidenced by many fruiting bodies. A good photo was obtained showing the location of this year's flowers on the stem above last year's seed pods. R. albiflorum is unique among Rhododendrons in that flowering takes place on the previous year's stem, and not from a terminal bud as in other Rhododendrons. see:
No flowering was evidenced at the 2nd location. see:
At the third location on the lower Umbrella Falls we noted foliage eaten by caterpillars, aphids, and later with microscopic investigation spider mites and an interesting large aphid, as well as two ubiquitous (for R. albiflorum) fungal infections. see: which includes links to additional related observations.
The fourth and highest elevation observation on 8/23/21 (see: and: ) had plants growing in full sun in the ski runs and plants growing in shade. Those growing in conditions with more light have leaves that tend to have wavy/crinkly appearances, while those growing in shadier conditions have leaves that are flat.

Publicado em 25 de agosto de 2021, 08:56 PM por geographerdave geographerdave | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário