Back in the Hole?

We continued on top at the barren on Jan. 25th.

Whitlow Wort (Paronychia virginica) shines with its winter brown!
Indeed I hope the Whitlow Wort (Paronychia virginica) knows what it was doing with leaves already sprouting. Fingers crossed for it.
Nostoc is so cool. When dry it curls up black. Then add water like that damp morning (Jan. 25th) and its turns to a rubbery or jelly-like consistency. Some species of nostoc help fix nitrogen. Additionally, I found that some species are edible. No I have not tried it or know if this species here is in fact edible. Do you know what species and is it edible?

Tiny spider on a Psora lichen.
Some of the Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia) had a lovely pinkish color with creamy colored spines.
Pineapple Cactus (Coryphantha sulcata) has 1 to 3 thicker center spines. Jeanne tugged on the spent flower to reveal the fruit.
Smooth shiny seeds are characteristic of this species.
Jeanne tried to re-insert the pod back in the hole. Ouch, it didn’t really work. LOL.

Did you make it outside today? Certainly hope so! It was a glorious day!

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. What? Not all nostoc is edible? Tried it there on that same LBJ Unit at the encouragement of Diane W – we both survived so that kind must be ok!

  2. I have been taking the Pineapple Cactus fruits, slitting them open and smearing the seeds in the dirt. Hope I get babies but my luck they need to pass through a bird.
    I can’t remember for sure but it was either Junior High biology or High School biology that we took thin slices of Nostoc to put under the microscope. Apparently it was a material that was grown for schools to use way back then already. I had already seen it in the country so it was fun that I was a little familiar with it. I don’t know anything about eating it though.

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