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Today’s photos are pictures of plants taken by Ken Phelps. I’ve indented his captions and IDs. His first batch is of marijuana plants (Cannabis sativa), which are legally grown in British Columbia, where he lives:
A couple shots of the trichomes, stigmas (a pair of stigmas, plus the ovule, comprise the pistil), and bracts (modified leaves that protect the seed if the flower is fertilized.) on some ready-to-harvest marijuana buds.
Trichomes are the small, sticky, mushroom-like structures found on the flower’s bracts, stigmas, and the small sugar-leaves that sprout between the many individual flowers that comprise each bud. Maximizing the volume of THC-containing trichomes is the raison d’etre for avoiding pollination and cultivating celibate female flowers. They start clear, and become more opaque with time, eventually becoming amber. Early in development, the trichomes contain mainly THC compounds that result in a more energetic, cerebral high. With time, the balance shifts toward THC’s idiot cousin CBD, and a more narcotizing effect. The sweet spot in this continuum depends on the grower’s goal – fun, vs pseudo-medical couch lock.
Or so I’ve been told when asking for a friend.
Arbutus trees (Arbutus menzeisii ) [also known as the Pacific madrone] are the gift that keeps on giving, dropping leaves, bark, berries, and branches. Fine if your yard is wild like ours, but people with lawns often hate them.
A hanging curl of bark creating a bird.
A casual drape of bark in filtered Fall sunlight.
Twisted bark with a bouquet of small branches.
Ganga (Cannabis sativa, Malawi strain is pictured) trichomes, turning cloudy and ready for harvest.
A tangled mass of trichomes, stigma, sugar leaves and bracts.