Category Archives: Its Natural

The Crucifix Toad, also called the Holy Cross Frog, Notaden bennettii, lives in the dry outback of eastern Australia. When it gets too dry, this little guy burrows deep underground and goes into a semi-hibernating state, like many of his neighbors. However, it is the substance secreted by this little amphibian that makes it special. When disturbed by insects or other threats, the Crucifix Toad secretes a sticky substance known to be one of the strongest natural adhesives in the world. It will even stick metal to metal! Even more valuable, it is being used inside human bodies for medical purposes, far exceeding the usefulness of limited protein-based and synthetic bonding agents currently being used. Check out the links below for more interesting tidbits!

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Australian Geographic
iNaturalist
Glue Protects from Insect Bites…
Frogs of Australia

I love liverworts! There are almost 9000 different species in the liverwort division of the plant kingdom, Marchantiophyta. Most hug the ground or other substrate they are growing on, but there are many, many varieties to keep the botanical mind guessing. Some day, I would love to create my own little bryophyte garden — tiny plants like mosses and liverworts. What fun! Add a few little frogs or sallies, insects, worms, a misting system… and you have your own little microhabitat! 😀

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What is a liverwort?
Backyard Nature: Liverworts
Introduction to Liverworts
Liverwort Images

The Silk Tassel Bush, Garrya elliptica, is a serpentine endemic plant — meaning it can grow on soils that (for one thing) contain high concentrations of chromium and nickel.
This is truly a heavy metal plant! 😀
It is native to the West coast of the USA — California and Oregon. Check out the links below the pic for closeups of those crazy dangling flowers!

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San Fran Botanical Garden
Sonoma County Master Gardeners
Dave’s Garden (nice pics!)
California Native Plant Society
Plant Lust

TutorVista.com has a cute little introduction to the Fungi Kingdom.

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This web page provides a definition, a list of characteristics, four basic divisions of the kingdom with examples of each, and some other useful information.

Ever wonder what the “magic” is in “magic mushrooms”?

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Yes, I’m a hippie chick, but no, I do not encourage drug use.
Still, ya gotta wonder just WHY did the Creator make certain plants to contain chemicals such as the Psilocybin in mushrooms that seem to alter consciousness and otherwise provide quite a psychedelic ride. I’ve not had them myself, but many a “holy man” or those on a quest have sworn by Psilocybin mushrooms.

Have you heard of Honeycomb Weathering, which produces this unique honeycomb rock?
Learn more by clicking the pic and links below!

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EarthCaching on Geocaching
NW Geology Field Trips

What do mires, fens, bogs, moors, muskegs, and pocosins all have in common? Peat!
Learn more about peat on Wikipedia!

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Little Church Buried in Peat
Peat Into Coal (scroll down)
Regulating Peat Harvest: Turbary