September 26, 2004

A day at the Guelph Arboretum

(Photos and report by Walter Muma)

Four people met on relatively short notice (my apologies to those who wanted to come but couldn't due to the short notice!) to study tree and shrub ID at the University of Guelph Arboretum. It was a beautiful warm fall day, not a cloud in the sky.

We spent the morning examining a large number of various native and non-native species of trees and shrubs. Some of the highlights are shown here. After lunch we continued our examination of trees and shrubs, then went exploring in the nearby woods and swamp. Later we spent some time in discussion about various issues facing us and the Earth. We also brainstormed ideas for future Wildwood Trackers meetings.

The unusual fruits of Bladdernut.
Prickly Pear Cactus. Interestingly, this cactus is native to Ontario!
Brian with his new eye.

(It's actually the inside of an Ohio Buckeye nut!)

Examining Sweet Fern.
In the afternoon we went for a walk through the woods. In a wet area we found this Water Parsnip blooming. We took this opportunity to learn the differences between this plant which is edible, and Water Hemlock, which looks very similar yet is deadly poisonous (one mouthful will kill you).

We all agreed that it probably wouldn't be a good idea to eat Water Parsnip due to the possibility of confusing it with Water Hemlock.

An Osage Orange fruit (not edible).
Thanks to all who came out to make this a very productive, enjoyable, and relaxing day!

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