Herbaria 51

Internship Blog/Plants/Interesting Facts

Plant Fact of the Week IV April 18, 2011

Filed under: Plant Facts — To Prune Or Not To Prune @ 9:00 am

This week’s plant fact is brought to you by the genus Acer.

PLANT FACT OF THE WEEK: It takes about 35-40 liters of sap from the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) to make 1 liter of maple syrup.

 

This little kid’s got the right idea! Although, I can’t guarantee that the sap will taste as awesome as the syrup…

 

 

 

Sources

Plant Fact: http://fact-sheets.com/plants/2006/05/sugar-maple.html

Image: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://blog.lib.umn.edu/efans/ygnews/images/2009/04/art2-1_600.jpg&imgrefurl=http://blog.lib.umn.edu/efans/ygnews/2009/04/the_mystery_of_maple_sap_flow.html&usg=___b7vATOlaiKuLd7K0ujd1Wxb-X4=&h=800&w=600&sz=193&hl=en&start=125&zoom=1&tbnid=R7xnB8tJ1YQ_dM:&tbnh=135&tbnw=101&ei=GBmlTcnnMM-M5AbSju2rCg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dacer%2Bsaccharum,%2Btapping%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D909%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch0%2C3460&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=504&vpy=344&dur=4193&hovh=259&hovw=194&tx=139&ty=147&oei=jBilTZ7AFcfr0gHV-MnlCA&page=5&ndsp=35&ved=1t:429,r:30,s:125&biw=1280&bih=909

 

Plant Fact Of The Week III April 11, 2011

Filed under: Plant Facts — To Prune Or Not To Prune @ 9:00 am
Tags: , , ,

Someone had recommended last week that I should make this week’s plant fact a Public Service Announcement.  So  I did. 🙂

This week’s plant fact is brought to you by Toxicodendron radicans, also known as poison ivy.

PLANT FACT OF THE WEEK: Poison ivy (and its relations poison oak and poison sumac) contain the oil urushiol. Late winter to early spring is the absolute worst time to get poison ivy. Poison ivy, like most other deciduous plants, tend to go dormant when temperatures begin to cool off as we head into winter time. This being said, even though the plant may look dead, it is alive and well. During the winter, the plant builds up the urushiol oil in its stem until spring time, when it then spreads the urushiol through its newly formed leaves. Do not think that you are immune to poison ivy because you have never contracted it. Some may have a tolerance more than others, but if one is repeatedly exposed to it, one is bound to get a rude awakening.

Edit To Add:   J.P.  brought up a very good point–poison ivy can look like a nasty hairy vine that lacks leaves (it is still just as bothersome as its leaf-bearing counterpart) and may hide in other shrubs and plants, so be cautious when hiking through woods and be aware of your surroundings.

Sources

Plant Fact: Indigenous Woody Plants of the Eastern U.S. Lecture, Spring 2010

Image: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.poison-ivy.org/images/fall-1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.poison-ivy.org/html/fall1.htm&usg=__pKOMDg1heV5KgV-Q3PZPvMrRiHs=&h=364&w=350&sz=58&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=mUGAVsIyYvG41M:&tbnh=136&tbnw=127&ei=u16fTdT6Esjj0gHmkZ2RBQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpoison%2Bivy%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D909%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=1019&vpy=112&dur=367&hovh=229&hovw=220&tx=135&ty=121&oei=u16fTdT6Esjj0gHmkZ2RBQ&page=1&ndsp=40&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0

 

Plant Fact Of The Week II April 6, 2011

Filed under: Plant Facts — To Prune Or Not To Prune @ 11:03 pm
Tags: ,

This week’s fact is brought to you by the genus Narcissus, and is a perfect segway for next week’s plant (everyone’s personal favorite): poison ivy.

PLANT FACT OF THE WEEK: Daffodils are known to cause skin reactions called “daffodil itch.” It usually results in dryness, scaliness and cracks on the hands due to the calcium oxalate (a key component found in the formation of kidney stones) that is present in the sap.

Sources

Plant Fact: http://ezinearticles.com/?Daffodil-Flower-Information-and-Facts&id=4842524

Calcium Oxalate Fact: http://www.ehow.com/facts_6143363_calcium-oxalate_.html

Image: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_UVk5q1uzieE/TL3JceYUptI/AAAAAAAABoY/u93_ZDDfRS4/s1600/BULB_%2BDaffodils%2B%27Fragrant%2BRose%27.jpg&imgrefurl=http://theshopatvictoriagardens.blogspot.com/2010_10_01_archive.html&usg=__kJSQV_eudsvZYUFN4yFYMX97uAw=&h=375&w=425&sz=48&hl=en&start=653&zoom=1&tbnid=5b8owR1_SPKZ8M:&tbnh=139&tbnw=159&ei=xiidTaGzAYTdgQe6qd34Bg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Ddaffodils%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D909%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch1%2C15524&chk=sbg&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=576&oei=TyidTZDnK4a60QGWwrXjAg&page=21&ndsp=34&ved=1t:429,r:18,s:653&tx=92&ty=9&biw=1280&bih=909