Monthly Archives: October 2011

Redwoods, the great trees of California – and southernmost Oregon

Redwoods (Sequioia sempervirens) are the giant, magnificent conifers that grow from the Santa Cruz mountains north to the Chetco River in the extreme southwestern corner of Oregon.  Throughout much of their range, Native peoples used their wood to build houses … Continue reading

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Port Orford Cedar

Port Orford Cedar (also known as white cedar, scientific name Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) is a lovely tree that resembles red cedar.  To differentiate Port Orford cedar from red, look at its cones and the underside of its foliage.  POC has rounder … Continue reading

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Gray Pine

The gray pine (Pinus sabiniana) is a lovely pine with grayish needles that was an important tree to many Native Americans.  True to its name, its needles have a distinctive grayish tinge.  It tends to grow in with a wispy, … Continue reading

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Mistletoe

Wikipedia describes mistletoe as ‘hemi-parasitic plants of the order Santalales’.  There are hundreds of species of mistletoe, found in many parts of the world. Perhaps the best known is the European mistletoe in the genus Viscum.  It appears in European … Continue reading

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Ethnobotany

Ethnobotany is a long word for how people and plants interact. I’ve been working a long time on Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw ethnobotany, but over the years I’ve found bits and pieces of information about how other western Oregon … Continue reading

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