Strange Flora and Fauna 8O

Discussion in 'General Paddling Discussions' started by Batstar, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. Batstar

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    During a recent trip to the Broken Group, my wife and I came across an intriguing creature that caused quite a stir. This was the first time that we encountered the mysterious moon snail which had thwarted us on previous visits to the area. We had observed, on numerous occasions, remnants of their egg casings but had never seen an actual specimen until this very trip. The moon snails that we came across were all seen on Clark Island. Several of them could be seen feeding on the abundant supply of clams.

    NOTE:Can anyone identify the odd looking plant in the first photo? :?:

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  2. Dave_Barrie

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    I would say that it's a young Ground Cone

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  3. Andy_Ferguson

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    Boschniakia hookeri would have been my guess given the salal leaf in the picture.
     
  4. Dave_Barrie

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    Another good photo on THIS PAGE. It's kind of an interesting plant, it's actually a parasite.
     
  5. Batstar

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    Wow, you guys are good! Thanks for the botany lesson of the day. I would never have discovered the name of this quirky little plant without your help. :)
     
  6. Dave_Barrie

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    Apparently bears quite like them :lol:
     
  7. DarrenM

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    Here is an odd one 8O
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  8. Andy_Ferguson

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    Looks like some kind of cactus? I've never seen one in the bush while working. Probably out of my range. 8O
     
  9. fester

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    those look familiar. Are they from fairfax point on moresby?
     
  10. Mark_Schilling

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    Nope, these were actually found in the Chatham Islands. Not what I'd expect to see there!
     
  11. fester

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    I was on moresby a few years back running around in my sandals, and found some with my foot. Apparently the gulf islands gets a reduced amount of precipitation on account of the olympic rainshadow. The senchoten name for south pender actually means "place of drying wind".
    Still not the place you'd expect to find a cactus
     
  12. Andy_Ferguson

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    You've paddled the Galapagos? 8)
     
  13. Dan_Millsip

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    There's some cacti on Rum Island too.

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  14. DarrenM

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    That's the only place I have seen them until now. The patch on Rum is tiny compared to what I saw on Chatham.
    I would like to know more about this plant, but can't find much on the web.
     
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