Non-Flowering Plants – 1

Back when I was a young boy, starting about age 10 or so, I was very interested in nature – frogs, turtles, stars, weather, etc., etc.

I was also interested in odd sorts of plants that grew out in the humid woods of ecologically-rich Alabama. I had a Golden Nature Guide edited by Dr. Herbert S. Zim titled Non-Flowering Plants. Actually, I had TONS of his books, and treasured each one of them. His book on non-flowering plants sparked my interest in these unusual plants that were available just for the looking beyond our backyard.

It’s been a fairly wet fall here, so these non-flowering plants have been in abundance. I never got proficient enough to identify these plants very well, unlike my brother, who made a career out of knowing what plant is what. Perhaps that’s why – all I had to do was ask him anything botanical and he immediately could tell me the name, the Latin name and whatever growing requirements it had – so why bother with learning them myself! Of course, that’s not entirely true, as some plants have rubbed off on me, but not as much as I would have liked.

So here in a series of maybe four or five blogs are some of these recent non-flowering plants I’ve seen this fall. They are identified only to a basic level, if at all. Hope you enjoy them for the same primitive wildness they evoke in me!

Shelf Fungi

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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