Xerophyllum tenax

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I saw this strange-looking Xerophyllum tenax in the BC Rainforest Garden, decided to give it its own thread. Wikipedia (Xerophyllum tenax - Wikipedia) lists several common names: bear grass, squaw grass, soap grass, quip-quip, and Indian basket grass. That article says that plant colonies only bloom every five to seven years. I guess I was pretty lucky to catch this.
    The first two photos are from ten days ago.
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Rainforest garden or Pacific Slope?
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    If I remember correctly, it was in a bed where a Rhododendron occidentale and this white Camassia are growing. After I came up the path from tunnel, I photographed the Xerophyllum, then photographed these, which doesn't mean I saw them in this order. After that, I saw the Kellogg oak.
    GardenBed_UBCBG_Cutler_20180510_P1350477.JPG Rhododendron-oxydentale_UBCBG_Cutler_20180510_P1350470.JPG Camassia-white_UBCBG_Cutler_20180510_P1350471.JPG Camassia-white_UBCBG_Cutler_20180510_P1350475.JPG

    Then after a few other plants, I saw this huge camas, but can't remember if I'd came back to the same bed or if it was a different bed.
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    I don't know these area names - is there a map I should get that shows Pacific Slope? And also the Winter Garden and the sections of the Alpine Garden? Are there other area names that aren't on the online map but are on some map?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    That'd be the Pacific Slope. I'm sure new maps are in the offing -- we have just finished entirely revising our maps for staff, I expect that will flow outward for volunteers and the public eventually.

    Also, when the collections database goes back online later this year, it will have versions of these maps.
     

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