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Salmonberry Days Walk and Festival

May 14, 2013 I took a group of enthusiastic folk on a walk for Salmonberry Days (Dunbar Residence Associate) to Camosun Bog and adjacent woodlands to look at mosses and their kin.  It was a fabulous day! May 26, 2013 Lacey … Continue reading

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Integrating Sustainability into Courses

As part of the sustainability project we are working on helping faculty integrate sustainability into their courses.  There are quite a few examples of how to develop sustainability-based activities, but not very much on integration.  I decided to start with … Continue reading

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Porcupine tomato

Solanum pyracanthos or S. pyracanthrum (Gk: pyro = fire, akantha = thorn) is native to tropical Africa and Madagascar.  I came across this lovely specimen in the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at the University of Los Angeles.  Prickles develop on the leaves and … Continue reading

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Interview!

I was recently interviewed for the first edition of the CTLT Newsletter.  The interview was based on my recent promotion to Professor of Teaching. Check it out! http://ctlt.ubc.ca/2012/09/27/faculty-spotlight-shona-ellis-professor-of-teaching/

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Cypress Mountain

  There are lots of cool trails up at Cypress to check out.             There are lots of great plants to look at along the trail.  Many of the wet, seepy slopes are good places … Continue reading

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Veratrum viride

Veratrum viride is known as Indian hellebore.  It is not a true hellebore; it belongs to the Melanthiaceae, not Ranunculaceae.  This picture was taken on the road to Rennell Sound on Haida Gwaii.         It is found … Continue reading

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Monkeying Around

There are lots of monkey puzzle trees around Vancouver.   Araucaria araucana belongs to the Araucariaceae, an ancient lineage of conifer.  It is native to Chile and Argentina (it is the national tree of Chile).  This picture was taken at VanDusen Garden. … Continue reading

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Vancouver from Above

Being a tourist in your own town is lots of fun.  To celebrate a wedding anniversary we headed up to Cloud Nine to take a look at our hood.  Here are some picts from high above.  

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Mullein in Stanley Park

  I am not sure what species of Verbascum this is, but it was really lovely!  Even though the Scrophulariaceae has recently undergone a major downsizing Verbascum remains within the family.           The flowers have 5 … Continue reading

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Thailand

We have been to Thailand numerous times.  My favourite botanical find was the magnificent flower of Rafflesi kerrii (second to Rafflesia arnoldii as the largest flower in the world).  We were really lucky!  We were told the plant would not … Continue reading

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