20091020

Local Plant Harvest

I've been really into learning about the local plants and their medicinal, nutritional and aesthetic value. I was happy to have the naiveté to pick these local plants to take home and study. I say naivete because I did not know at the time that one should not pick plants from the wild. Apparently there's even a fine for doing so! I didnt know. When picking I used my intuition and I only took saplings and plants that were abundant in the area. Anyway, here's my harvest. Feel free to speculate as to what they are! I planted them all so that I can watch them grow through the cycles of the year, provided I can keep em alive. I will certainly try.

2 comments:

mr damon said...

The plant in the second photo (yellow flowers) looks like a desert-adapted calendula. In fact, since I just found such a plant in my book, it could be Baileya multiradiata, the desert marigold.

The tall, flagging plant in the third photo... it could be many dif't things, or none. Desert mariposa is the only thing like it in my book, but w/o seeing the flower, it's an almost irrelevant guess.

The small plant with yellow flowers below that larger one might be a groundsel. The spiny-barreled one is cocklebur. The one with folded leaves might be one kind of desert vetch, or maybe an acacia.

I would think you'd only be at risk of fines if you gathered plants in a state or national park (w/o knowing what local laws might be). It is better to let them be, since they're more adapted to a certain type of soil and even environmental hardship. Uprooting them and plunking them into a moist, blended soil mix could almost guarantee their demise. Collecting some seeds and planting those is a better way to go.

mr damon said...

Whoops, forgot to name my book: "100 Desert Wildflowers of the Southwest," which I found at a shop in Chimayo.

Also, check out http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/FieldGuide/fieldguide.html