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Jul 12

July 12, 2014

More on the adaptations of plants that can tolerate being close to the sea

As explained in Brian Brock’s 2013 Journal article “Adaptation of some Coastal Species”, Brian has had a life-long interest in coastal plants. He wrote to us several times between May & June 2014 to discuss several aspects of the subject. An early letter from Brian said (in part), “Coleman & Cook have an interesting paper called “Habitat Preferences of the Australian Endangered Samphire Tecticornia flabelliformis” (Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 2009, 133 (2):300-306). “What is there about…

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Jul 12

July 12, 2014

Polypores (Bracket fungi) & their conks (woody fruiting bodies)

Following the publication of my 2013 Journal article about lichens on trees, Brian Brock wrote to me, saying “Dear Steve, your lichen-like growth on page 6 of the (2013) Journal (see photo below) may be a thin fruiting bracket (‘conk’?) of a wood decaying fungus. A lichen-like growth on a coastal tree at Semaphore beach (Taken with iPhone by Steve Reynolds) If you (had) looked under the bracket, you might (have seen) small pores that carry the fertile layer (from…

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