October Nature Study–Seeds and Berries

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This month, Dora and I focused on finding seeds and berries while we were out nature exploring. I thought I would share some of the finds that we made. I was not able to identify all of the plants that we found. I am also new at this, so if I made any mistakes or you know the names of any plants that I don’t know, please let me know in the comments for below. The first image, above is of wild rose hips. I do not know the name of the plant below.

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The berries below are snowberries.

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Snowberries

These plants are thistle, I think…. 

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These berries are beautyberries, which I just planted in my back yard. Beauty berries are an important source of food for many birds and other animals during the winter, when other food sources are scarce.

Beauty Berries

This plant is known as liatris, blazing star, or grayfeather.

Liatris - Blazing Star - Grayfeather

Update 11/3/12 – Thanks to SP, who suggested hawthorn berries, which is what these appear to be!  I believe that these “berries” are actually another species of wild rose hips, but am not sure. There were a much brighter red than any other wild rose hips that I have ever seen. You’ll also note that they are more elongated than the type in the first photo of this post, which I see much more frequently.

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This final image is from my neighbor’s tree. It is the only tree of its kind, that I know of, in my immediate area. 

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The things that are inside these pods look like conkers to me, but I’ve also read some places that made me wonder if they were actually chestnuts (or are chestnuts and conkers the same thing?). Personally, I had never even heard of conkers until I started reading blogs and seeing all these crafts people were doing with them.

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Posted by Maureen Sklaroff