Journal archives for October 2022

October 15, 2022

3 a Week: Are you up?

Hey naturalists!

I hope plant club has been fun so far! This is your unofficial club guardian angel speaking. I'm here to propose a new challenge. Or is it a challenge? It's actually quite easy.
What if you were to make three observations a week?

Not plants. Any organism. It doesn't matter whether it's a plant, or a mushroom, or a bug you found in your sink. Just find 3 things to take a photo of, and then put them on iNat. Simple.

Note that when I mean organisms, I mean wild organisms. So not some rose bush in a garden or your pet guinea pig (though I like guinea pigs <3). But it's probably just as easy to take photos of three wild organisms around you, so really not a problem.

The goal here is to just get you to look a little closer around you, search a bit more to see things you wouldn't normally see. Because sometimes it's those little things that bring happiness to us ;) Enjoy making those three observations.

3 observations a week. More if you want. But three is the baseline. Can you do it?

Posted on October 15, 2022 12:26 AM by arnanthescout arnanthescout | 1 comment | Leave a comment

October 25, 2022

Quick notes on Sida abutifolia and Sida spinosa - to be developed

May develop more, for now just shorthand

Character: petiole relative to leaf pedicel
SA: petiole as long as or often longer than nearby petioles
SS: petiole shorter than nearby petioles

Character: Habit
SA: spreading habit, along the ground
SS: erect habit, on upright stems

Character: spine-like projection under petiole near the base
SA: absent
SS: present

Character: number serrations/teeth on margins (maybe do a count?)
SA: 8-10 teeth per side maybe more I haven't checked
SS: idk 20ish usually a heck ton

Character: Size of teeth (which is )
SA: Larger by some degree
SS: Smaller by some degree

Character: Leaf shape
SA: at most maybe 3x longer than wide
SS: generally much longer than wide, maybe 4 or 5x?

Further investigation needed

Posted on October 25, 2022 07:17 PM by arnanthescout arnanthescout | 0 comments | Leave a comment