Category Archives: Ethnobotany

Viking Face and Body Painting

Ritual Painting of Face and Bodies in Viking Culture by Thomas Baurley, 9/6/2017 It is a controversial and well debated subject whether or not the Vikings painted their faces and bodies. The Vikings were certainly exposed to the practice from … Continue reading

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Spanish Moss: Tillandsia usneoides

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia Common Names:Spanish Moss, Spanish-moss, Florida moss, long moss, graybeard, ghost hair, hanging air plant. Taxonomy:Kingdom: Plantae Phylum: Angiosperms Class: Monocots Order: Poales. Family: Bromeliaceae. Genus: Tillandsia species: usneoides Localities:The plant is limited to the southeastern United … Continue reading

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Beard Lichen (Usnea spp.)

. Beard lichen, Congaree National Park, Columbia, SC Name: Beard Lichen Common Names:Beard, Beard Lichen, Usnea, Old Man’s Beard, Beard Lichen, Tree’s Dandruff, Woman’s Long Hair, or Tree Moss. Ipts-aak (a.k.a. “limb moss”), Suts’wakt (Bella Coola in British Columbia), P’u7up (Nitinaht … Continue reading

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Lichens

Beard lichen, Congaree National Park, Columbia, SC photo by Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Photography (c) 2012. Name: Lichen Common Names: Lichen, beard, beard lichen, algae, fungus, Sunburn, Rock Hair, Yellow Candles, Golden Pine Lichen, Little Clouds, Oak Moss, Crab’s-eye, Coral Crust, … Continue reading

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Polyporus spp. : Bracket or Shelf Fungi

Name: Bracket fungi, or shelf fungi Common Names: Bracket fungi, shelf fungi, conks, oysters, wood rot fungi, sulphur shelf, birch bracket, dryad’s saddle, artist’s conk, turkey tail. Taxonomy: Kingdom: Fungi. Phylum: Basidiomycota. Class: Agaricomycetes. Order: Polyporales. Family: Polyporaceae. Genus: Polyporus. … Continue reading

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Common Sunflowers: Helianthus annuus

Wild sunflowers along roadside in New Mexico Sunflowers a.k.a. “Common Sunflower”, “Mirasol”, “Kansas Sunflower” Helianthus annuus Localitie: Located throughout the western and southern United States, Southern Canada, and Northern Mexico. They are native to meadows, roadsides, foothills, prairies, and dry … Continue reading

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Eria javanica

Eria javanica in * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * – April 2011 Eria javanica: * The Javanese eria * widely distributed from India west to China and south through southeast Asia. Common Names: The Javanese Eria, Grace, Xiang Hua … Continue reading

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Oak Tree: Quercus spp.

“Oak Tree” by Lester Scarbrough, Tree Leaves OraclePermission granted to post from history with Tree Leaves Oracle Oak Fagaceae (Beech family) Quercus spp. Names      Description     Lore     Magical Uses     Medicinal Uses     Other Uses Q. alba ………….. White or Stave Oak Q. arkansana ….. Arkansas or Water … Continue reading

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Pimelea spicata ~ Spiked Rice-flower

Pimelea spicata, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * – April 2011 Pimelea spicata: Spiked Rice-flower Common Names: Spiked Rice-flower, Pink Pimelea, Rice Flower. Taxonomy: Plantae; Angiosperms; Eudicots; Rosids; Malvales; Thymelaeaceae; Pimelea spicata. Location/Environment: The Pimelea prefers woodland habitats and can … Continue reading

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Vespula germanica: The German or European Wasp, aka “Yellow Jackets”

Tidbinbilla Nature reserve*Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * German or European Wasps: The Yellowjacket Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apocrita: Vespidae: Vespula germanica Common Names: German Wasp, European Wasp, Yellow Jackets, the fake paper wasp. Localities: Northern hemisphere and native … Continue reading

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