Observation 99736: Hemitomes congestum
When: 2012-07-07
No herbarium specimen

Notes: We were questioned by a gun toting ranger in mountains and she thought this plant was some sort of a fungus. It lacks chlorophyll and might be a mycoheterotroph.

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By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2013-07-28 10:28:20 PDT (-0700)

the term “gun toting ranger” is an oxymoron. They ALL carry guns these days.

I was just at Pt. Reyes last Friday for their annual Volunteer picnic, and I saw a Ranger with what I first interpreted to be a pair of binocs…nope, it was a gun. Sigh. It is just part of the uniform. Don’t think that the volunteers were gonna need any warning shots fired…put down that corn cob and reach for the sky! ;)

Used to be, you became a Park Ranger because you loved nature and wanted to teach others about your love. Now, it’s all about law enforcement, not wilderness education.

Of course, park funding is limited, and our forests are under siege by many acquisitive interests as well as folks tearing up the ground and destroying the woodland tranquility thru ORVs and the like. Many of our fellow humans have never learned City manners let alone how to behave in the woods. And then there are the drug cartels and the meth labs and the folks poaching wildlife (bear paws and gall bladders) for sale to the unscrupulous…any wonder those Rangers have attitude as well as firearm back-up?

Thanks Christine
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2012-07-08 22:08:19 PDT (-0700)

The Gnome plant is known to be associated with Hydnellum peckii & H. aurantiacum and it was found with H. peckii or H. cyanopodium. Munz says it’s in the Wintergreen Family, Pyrolaceae, with many other mycoheterotrophic plants.

Gnome plant
By: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)
2012-07-08 22:01:49 PDT (-0700)

Supposed to be pretty rare.

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