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  1. On 2020-06-20 at 1:55 PM, David Broadland said:

    Thanks for your posts Chris. I can't remember ever seeing Poverty clover. Looking at eflora BC I notice that Trifolium depauperatum var. depauperatum is blue-listed in BC (threatened). Is that what you have photographed?

    Yes, this is the threatened variety. In BC, recent sightings are only from a few locations in the CRD.

  2. I had an encounter with royalty last week. A few of these royal rein orchids (Plantathera transversa) were blooming in View Royal's Edwards Park. They're also known as flat-spurred piperia. According to the BC Conservation Data Centre, they're on the Yellow list of at-risk plants, which means that they aren't very common in our area. That's probably why I haven't seen them before.

    Plantathera transversa_Royal Rein Orchid_Edwards Park_C Junck_20200626_100132_edited-1_1500px_low.jpg

    Plantathera transversa_Royal Rein Orchid_Edwards Park_C Junck_20200626_095856_edited-1_1500px_low.jpg

  3. Poverty clover (Trifolium depauperatum) is also called cowbag clover or balloon clover for obvious reasons. It blooms in April and May on coastal bluffs and hillsides. Only a few of these provincially Blue-listed (Special Concern) members of the pea family were found In Edwards Park (View Royal) this spring.

    Trifolium depauperatum_poverty clover w mite_CJunck_0131_edited-1_med_1500w.jpg

  4. Fool's onion (Triteleia hyacinthina) is blooming now in open grassy areas and forest edges. This picture was taken today from the Garry Oak Loop trail at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. The stems of fool's onions look a but like onions, but they don't taste or smell like them.

    Triteleia hyacinthina_C Junck_20200614_132145_crpd vert_1550 w.jpg

  5. I watched this Pacific Great Blue Heron (Ardea heroodias fannini) catch and devour several European Wall Lizards in Glencoe Cove-Kwatsech Park in Saanich on May 22. The fannini subspecies is federally listed as Special Concern, and is protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) Schedule 1 Public Registry. It's also on the BC Blue list due to its declining populations.





  6. Here's Howell's triteleia (Triteleia howellii), a very rare plant still found in a few locations in Victoria and the Cowichan Valley. It is red-listed in BC. If you see one please let this forum know. You can read more about it here and here. Mid to late May is the best time to observe this rare, federally Endangered (COSEWIC) plant. Please approach with care and do not disturb.



    Howell's triteleia

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