Islette habitat

Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:14:38 PDT
A pristine island, really just a rock with thin soil at the north end of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Carpeted with native plants with not a exotic grass or other introduced plant species. With a mink family too. I think this lack of exotics is critical. I places like this we need to think about seeds we might bring along on our clothing, as in Antarctica.

Among the many plants is this Fritillaria camschatcensis, possibly. I need to see the flowers to be sure. This is typical rice root bulb showing the bulbils and mature corm. Once a staple in local indigenous diets. This plant growing very dense on this very exposed islet

here is specimen up close
here is root wad of mostly organic soil, roots and close by Allium cernuum.
here is the entire island
my friend Rupert collecting some seed pods
I've been on similar islands further south in the San Juan Archipelago and always amazed by the ability of these plants to thrive on shallow but fertile soils.


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