Observation 162002: Trichoglossum Boud.
When: 2014-03-22
(21.4497° -158.0° 212m)
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Black; slightly coarse, leathery texture; neither brittle nor extremely fragile; somewhat compressible, immediately rebounds to original shape when compressive force removed; slightly flexible to completely rigid; three different shapes noted: (1) narrow stalk, ~2 mm diameter at base, inflated at top, evocative of spoon or deflated balloon; (2) blade, 10-15 mm wide, 15-20 mm tall, evocative of lima bean; and (3) non-descript, shriveled blob, 10-20mm wide, 15-25mm tall. Appeared in five places in a generally linear array 2.5 m long.

Of perhaps some interest, what may be some sort of insect or other animal, small (easily > 0.5 mm diameter), black, hemispheric shape, were noted on one “blade” of specimen 3, and their locations changed, as noted in images black-3a.jpg and black-3b.jpg.

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Taekn nearly seven hours after 3b; shiny spots have moved.
Close-up of one “blade” of specimen 3; note shiny spots.
Specimen 3, removed from ground and measured.

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Variation of shape noted in this observation seems unusual
By: Allen Hoof (allenhoof)
2014-03-23 18:43:46 COT (-0500)

Most imagery of Trichoglossum found on popular sites online seems to show “shape (1)” – the “spoon” or paddle shape – almost exclusively. “Shape (2)” – the “blade” -(or something close thereto) appeared a few times, “shape (3)” was not noted. Additionally, that imagery showed clusters of “shape (1)” rather than the few, scattered shapes observed in this case.

Created: 2014-03-23 17:25:27 COT (-0500)
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