Goddamn biogenic, silica-based, uh... mud.
September 22, 2019 6:54 AM   Subscribe

Some Sunday nature walk'n'chat: A Blue Collar Slob's Introduction to the Rare Oakland Manzanita [SLYT]
posted by slater (10 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Now here is the guy I wish was on all my hikes. My entire conversation on any given hike is asking another clueless person what every plant, shrub and tree is.
posted by nanook at 8:50 AM on September 22, 2019 [3 favorites]

He is the best. Thanks for posting this.
posted by Oyéah at 8:54 AM on September 22, 2019

Oh my God this is amazing.

"Learn your taxonomy, don't be an asshole"
posted by ananci at 9:19 AM on September 22, 2019 [2 favorites]

This is the best. Sending to my father in law, a retired botanist and expert on California native plants. He'll have comments!
posted by Lyme Drop at 9:30 AM on September 22, 2019

that really reminded me of car guys. what a treat!
posted by Naib at 11:00 AM on September 22, 2019

I love that he’s tattooed his middle finger with a metric ruler so he’s got a scale every time he zooms in to point at something. That’s fantastic.
posted by janell at 11:43 AM on September 22, 2019 [4 favorites]

Wow, that's just great. I may need to share that.
posted by suelac at 12:29 PM on September 22, 2019

The Claytonia at 2:40 is edible. One stall at my local farmer's market has it every spring for $8/lb. (But you can buy seeds and grow your own, and seed-save and grow it forevermore. It comes up every year in my backyard.)
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 6:13 PM on September 22, 2019

Be careful
The common name of miner's lettuce refers to how the plant was used by miners during the California Gold Rush, who ate it to prevent scurvy. It is in season in April and May, and can be eaten as a leaf vegetable. Most commonly, it is eaten raw in salads, but it is not quite as delicate as cultivated lettuce. Sometimes, it is boiled like spinach, which it resembles in taste and chemical composition. Caution should be used because wild C. perfoliata can sometimes accumulate toxic amounts of soluble oxalates (also present in spinach).
posted by Metacircular at 1:33 AM on September 23, 2019 [2 favorites]

This was great, thanks for posting!
posted by twentyfeetof tacos at 8:43 AM on September 23, 2019

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