Don’t throw rocks at pelicans and sea lions. Stop doing that I said. Because laws I said. Because thinking I said.
Because the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and Level A Harassment in the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 I said.
I won’t be old forever. I might be stupid forever, though.
Berkeley Seismological Lab virtual tour of geological sites on the UC Berkeley campus ‘The Geology of Bear Territory’
“119. Studious persons also, pent up in narrow holes, breathing bad air, and stooping over their books, are much to be pitied.”
She’s feeling better.
In such interesting and painful ways. I’ve developed a sensitivity to the plants I study, and I don’t mean an appreciation for them. I mean that I react to exposure. Contact dermatitis haptens, yo.
The eglandular hairs of Boraginaceae are irritating, in the field and in the herbarium. The only good thing is that the stinging hairs aren’t urticating hairs, and don’t inject pain. So I can tell when I get a handful of Urtica dioica as opposed to Phacelia malvifolia or Phacelia nemoralis. The hairs are solid and break off and stay in my skin, and then I get itchy bumps.
The glandular hairs are a different irritating issue. I respond strongly to urushiol (Toxicodendron diversilobum) too, and sometimes it is really difficult to tell if the delayed contact dermatitis came from exposure to poison oak or glandular Hydrophylloideae taxa (like Phacelia pedicellata, Phacelia parryi, Phacelia crenulata, Phacelia minor, Phacelia campanularia…). Here is a pro-tip, NEVER ROLL AROUND IN A FIELD OF PHACELIA CRENULATA. It looks really pretty, but Phacelia crenulata smells like Phacelia crenulata, and then you will smell like Phacelia crenulata, and you have geranylhydroquinone everywhere.
so pretty. so shiny.
REYNOLDS, G. W., W. L. EPSTEIN, and E. RODRIGUEZ. 1986. Unusual contact allergens from plants in the family Hydrophyllaceae. Contact dermatitis 14(1):39-44.
REYNOLDS, G., and E. RODRIGUEZ. 1979. Geranylhydroquinone: A contact allergen from trichomes of Phacelia crenulata. Phytochemistry 18(9):1567-1568.
I ate them all, so no photos of the fry-up. I found recipe #357 from Neil Cooks Grigson - and +lemon wedges and olives and some aoili, with Anchor Steam. The comfrey variant is included in the recipe for Clary Fritters [pp. 164, Hannah Glasse's The Art of Cookery]. Fried food is a good thing, so doubleplusgood to eat my research. Science fritters! And in a historically reasonable way.
Inspired by the recent review: Sheryl Creer and Robert Patterson, Review of The Drunken Botanist. The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart. Madroño 61 (1): 144-145. 2014.
Borago officinalis, (=Cool Tankard, Vegetable Ice, also the traditional Pimm’s Cup garnish. see OED!)
Blackie’s modern cyclopedia of universal information; Volume 3 of Blackie’s Modern Cyclopedia of Universal Information. 1890. New York, NY.
The domestic service guide to housekeeping; practical cookery; pickling and preserving; household work; dairy management; the table and dessert; cellarage of wines; home-brewing and wine-making; the boudoir and dressing-room; travelling; stable economy; gardening operations, etc.; being a handbook of the duties of the housekeeper, cook, lady’s-maid, nursery-maid, house-maid, laundry-maid, dairy-maid, butler, valet, footman, coachman, groom, [and] gardener … 1865. Lockwood and Co., London, UK.
I am allergic to Boraginaceae.
We published our paper.
Walden, G. K., L. M. Garrison, G. S. Spicer, F. W. Cipriano, and R. Patterson. 2014. Phylogenies and chromosome evolution of Phacelia (Boraginaceae: Hydrophylloideae) inferred from nuclear ribosomal and chloroplast sequence data. Madroño 61(1):16–47. [BioOne].
I love cake. This is my favorite. I was five.
Via the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library. Eutoca multiflora Douglas ex Lindley, Botanical Register [Bot. Reg.] 14: tab. 1180. 1828. “A hardy annual, of great beauty, … resembling some small Echium in appearance”