Trees, plants, and nature

Trees, plants, and nature Follow

Janani Sivarajah
See the world through the eyes of an urban forester/plant biologist 🍃
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Toronto, ON, Canada

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I got speckles! - Speckled Alder (Alnus incana)

Speckled alders prefer to grow along stream banks, lakeshores, and mucky swamp edges. The bark is covered in light-coloured speckles. The leaves are simple and alternate, 2- 4 inches in length, and the leaf margins are doubly-toothed. This shrub is monoecious, which means male and female flowers (catkins) are borne separately on the same plant. Typically, male catkins are longer than the females. 
Fun fact: This shrub was used by indigenous people of North America to treat anemia, urinary problems, internal bleeding, and bruises.  Chippewas prepared a mixture using alder roots to help women having difficulties at childbirth. 
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Enjoy the fall colours. Here's a photo of a Red oak (Quercus rubra), you can easily distinguish red oaks by their pointy tips. Do you know red pigments, anthocyanins, works like a built-in sunscreen and protect trees from UV and excess light? #HappyThanksgiving #Canada #torontotrees #urbantrees #urbanforestry #streettrees #redoak #quercusrubra #oak #leaf #walkingaround #forest #forestry #treegram #tree_magic #macrolens #treewonders #macrophotography #photography #natureblogger #treebiology #treephysiology #fallcolours #fallcolors #anthocyanins #pigments
To celebrate #NationalTreeDay, I planted over 10 native trees in Milliken District Park, near Milliken woods, an ecologically significant area. Here's a photo of a chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), the first tree I've planted today. Thanks to #TOtrees of the City of Toronto for hosting a wonderful event encouraging community stewardship. #chokecherry #prunusvirginiana #urbanforestry  #urbanecology #nationalforestweek #torontotrees #plantnaturescientist #treeplanting #treeeducation #planting #forestry #treegram #natureblogger #naturegram #millikenpark #ontariotrees #greenery #nativetrees #ItTakesAForest
Happy #Nationalforestweek, and let's be thankful for the many gifts the forest provides us 🍃🌲 #canadian #ecosystemservices #forestry #kawarthalakes #forestbathing #backcountrycamping #hikingadventures #hikingtrails #greenery #photography #trees #lake  #camping #forestgram #treegram #plantnaturescientist #ontarioparks #forest #forestbathing #instattravel #exploreontario #travelgram #landscapephotography📷 #keenforestfun #ittakesaforest
Dangling cones -- Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

During my recent backcountry camping experience, I spotted these luscious vibrant hemlocks, beautifully decorating the shorelines, and I couldn't resist but snap this photo! These conifers prefer cool, shady and moist sites, often found on lower slopes or near lakeshores. Eastern Hemlock cones are among the smallest for conifers, only 1/2 to 1 inch long, and with the right growing conditions, you could have a long-living tree that grows over 170 feet tall.  Not to mention, the litter produced by these hemlocks serve as great tinder to start a bonfire🔥🌲 Fun fact: During winter, the dense branches provide cover and food for deer.

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Wildly popular ginger- Canada wild ginger (Asarum canadense)
During one of my hikes through Rouge Park, I spotted these lovely heart-shaped leaves growing in the shaded understorey. If you spot these herbaceous, perennial plants, please stop, crouch down, and see if you can get a glimpse of a small red-brown flower growing beneath the leaves. Canada wild ginger is unrelated to the commonly used ginger in cooking, but the root has a very strong ginger-like flavour. Be aware; it's not safe to consume these wild gingers in large quantities, as it is known to possess aristolochic acid, a carcinogenic compound.

Fun fact: Historically, Canada wild ginger was used to treat various illnesses including coughs, colds, and stomach pains by Native Americans.
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You can never have too many stripes! - Striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum)

As I hiked thorough Charleston Provincial Park, this beauty caught my eye! This small understorey tree, known as the striped maple was trying to survive on a slope among other competitors! It can be easily identified by its wide 3-lobed leaves, and its green to grey striped bark. 
Fun fact: Striped maple is often referred to as “moosewood” because moose and deer love to snack on their twigs in winter.

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It takes two to tango! -- Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

If you've been following me, you'll know that Pinus strobus (white pine) is my favourite tree. These majestic trees can easily be identified using their bundles of 5 soft needles. While walking through Charleston Lake, I snapped a photo of their cones sitting on a bed of dried pine needles. These cones start off as narrow green cones with tight scales, and they slowly turn into these beautiful brown cones, with widely spread out scales lined with silvery tips at maturity. 
Fun fact: These cones are often used for decorative arrangements.

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This past weekend, along with a few friends, I had the pleasure of hiking through Charleston Lake Provincial Park located in Lansdowne, Ontario. What a sight! The shoreline trails were filled with beautiful and vibrant hemlocks, cedars and some pines. If you are ever in the area, make sure you cover the Sandstone island trial, you can expect to enjoy some breathtaking views of Charleston Lake, ancient indigenous cave dwellings, mixed forest settings covered in beeches, birches and maples. It’s easy to get lost through their mixed forests, wetlands and rock ridges. Here’s a behind the scene photo of me, where I am taking some shots to share soon, stay tuned! 🍃
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Tree of Love – Crabapple (Malus sp.)
When everyone was gushing over the cherry blossoms in Toronto, I snapped this photo of a lonely crabapple. Crabapples are small deciduous trees with irregular crowns, and their white, pale-pink or bright pink flowers are arranged in showy clusters. There are many varieties of crabapples, belonging to the Rosaceae family. In Toronto and many other urban cities, crabapples are planted as ornaments for their grand display of spring flowers, and they are susceptible to diseases such as apple scab, leaf spot, and fire blight. Since they are small trees, crabapples are suitable for planting in front and backyards. For all my birdwatchers, rest assured these trees will attract a flock to your front yard!

Fun fact:  The ancient Celtics referred to the crabapple tree as the ‘Tree of Love”. In ancient traditions, apples have long been associated with love, healing, and mortality.

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You're a sour bud! - Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

It is a rare sight to spot these showy magenta flowers on the streets of Toronto. Eastern Redbuds are large deciduous shrub or small tree native to eastern North America. Their broad heart-shaped leaves can range from 3-5 inches in width, and their pea-like flowers develop in clusters along the branches before the leaves come out in spring. They are among the first to bloom in the spring, and they produce multi-seeded pods. Fun fact: Redbud flowers, pods, and young leaves are edible, and their slightly sour tasting flowers are rich in Vitamin C. #urbanforest #urbantrees #flowergram #redbud #cerciscanadensis #springblossoms #torontotrees #torontoparks #streettrees #forestry #edibleplants #edibleflowers #plantbiology #plantscience #treesofontario #purpleflowers #macrophotography #macroworld #treegram #cityoftoronto #dendrology #treebark #woodlands #easternredbud #naturephotography #naturegram #botany #hiking #pollination  #plantnaturescientist
Stinky toilet -Corpse flower (Rafflesia arnoldii)

During one of my travels to Borneo, Malaysia, I was thrilled to come across the world's largest and one of the stinkiest parasitic flowers. What a rare sight!  It smells like rotting meat, where it gets its unique name as the "corpse flower". This endangered parasitic plant is visually undetectable until it decides to bloom, it has no roots, shoots, stems, or leaves. It sprouts from an infected host vine, and it can grow to about 1-meter width and weigh about 10 kgs. Fun fact: The indigenous people of northern Borneo believed that drinking  Rafflesia tea after childbirth will flush the placenta and restore their body.
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