Wildflowers forum: Waiting for spring.

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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jan 20, 2014 10:58 PM CST
Not much happening in the way of flowers here in January, but I saw lots of plants starting to wake up. Still a few hold over Camphor Weed blooming and I saw some early blooming Pepper Grass. One interesting little plant I saw stating to grow is Salicornia bigelovii.

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Here's some photos of more mature plants I took a couple of years ago.

This photo reminds me of an aerial view of a forest. These are still young plants.
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Here are older blooming age plants.
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Close-up for scale.
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The little white things sticking out in this picture, are the anthers.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 21, 2014 7:46 AM CST
Very interesting, Jay. Does the plant bloom?

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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jan 21, 2014 8:30 AM CST
SongofJoy said:Very interesting, Jay. Does the plant bloom?

Yes, that's what the last picture shows.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 21, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Ah ha! :)
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Jan 21, 2014 12:35 PM CST

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That is a very interesting plant, I guess it grows close to salt water?
http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SABI
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jan 21, 2014 8:39 PM CST
Yes it does. These are growing on an island, in Sabine Lake, which is salt.
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Jan 21, 2014 11:55 PM CST
We would probably call it a samphire here. Is it edible?
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jan 22, 2014 12:20 AM CST
They look similar, but in a different family. It is edible.

http://www.eattheweeds.com/salicornia-bigelovii-2/

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 22, 2014 5:36 AM CST
The USDA map does not show it growing in my location. Phooey on that. I enjoy foraging for edibles.
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Jan 22, 2014 7:27 AM CST
Samphire is becoming quite widely eaten in Europe and includes your genus apparently. You see it a lot on the chef programs now.

We have probably purloined the name for similar looking Australian plants.

Here is how to prepare it:

http://www.4cooks.com.au/ingredients/entry/samphire1
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 22, 2014 7:47 AM CST
Looks very good. A little added to a recipe would no doubt give the dish a salty tang. I suppose it will become popular here in time. Hope so.
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