Amazing plants

Aging white trilliums become pink-tinged. And scruffy.

These wee ones are coming along; I even see second leaf pairs emerging.

Recently I mentioned Pando, the 43.6 ha or 0.436 km2 aspen…clonal collective(?) growing in Utah. In news from the southern hemisphere, scientists have identified a clonal seagrass meadow in Shark Bay on western Australia’s coast that is 200 km2. Much, much larger. It’s estimated to be 4500 years old, based on how fast the seagrass grows.

Both the aspen and the seagrass are astounding. Terrestrial and marine giants. Scientific names: the quaking aspen is Populus tremuloides; the seagrass is Poseidon’s ribbon weed, Posidonia australis.

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