The collection for mosses and liverworts was a great success. Not many bryophytes have been recorded in Cooke County. Jeanne will have a lot of identifications ahead of her and lots to add to the known records!

Each specimen is put in a paper bag with identifying number. These were leafy liverworts.
Having the capsules of a moss species is very helpful for identification purposes.
Mosses and Split Gill fungus at the base of a tree.

Indeed it looked like a woodpecker leaning against the tree. 🙂
We had hit the boundary fence so we decided to go on top. And then we saw this! Goodness this was exciting! It was the Texas Buckeye (Aesculus glabra var. arguta)! Neither of us had seen one in the wild except on the Garnett Preserve in Montague County. And Hugh had planted his.

As we walked further we kept seeing more of them!

Oh my this was grand! There was well over a hundred from new plants to small trees (15 feet in height).

Certainly the buds were smiling on us!

Wylie later told us that he thought the Texas Buckeye was common. Well, it certainly was not to us.

So we found many gems of specimens. However it will take a whole lot more to thoroughly explore and document Wylie’s treasures!

Thank you Wyle! I look forward to seeing more!

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Keep looking!

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


  1. Yall are just having too much fun. Love the leaning woodpecker. I thought that before i read what you said. I had a buckeye once but lost it somehow. Glad you found do many.

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