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Old 04-28-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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Dapjwy's thread here about land snails got me searching the Web for more info. In my personal library, I have a copy of a fascinating little book called Fieldbook of Illinois Land Snails, by Frank Collins Baker, a somewhat hard to find book, published in 1939. This morning, I found a link to a page where you can download a copy of it for free, so check it out, might come in handy. It's here- Fieldbook of Illinois land snails : Baker, Frank Collins, 1867-1942 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

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Old 04-29-2010, 07:03 AM   #2
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great! thanks!
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:10 AM   #3
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Hi oakhick,

You're welcome, I hope it comes in handy some time.

BTW, I took a look at your web site, a very cool project, and I bet that it will eventually be an awesome restoration. Also, your "Foamflower" is actually Wild Hyacinth, Camassia scilloides, an excellent prairie and savanna plant. Your unknown little fern is (I'm pretty sure) a variety of Botrychium dissectum, Cut-leaved Grape Fern. Your pinkish slime mold is Wolf's Milk Slime Mold, Lycogala epidendrum.

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Old 04-29-2010, 12:36 PM   #4
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the site will definitely come in handy; we found some land snails just a few days ago and my 10yo wants to identify them.

thanks so much re: the blog and project! .. and thank you for the correction on the foamflower! i should have kept the question mark there. thank you also for the slime mold name (we love our slime mold) and the possible fern i.d.

ferns and grasses are my weakest area. i need more guides...
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:11 PM   #5
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I'm not good with grasses and sedges, and am looking for good field guides for those. I also want a good field guide to Liverworts, also Lichens. I need to learn trees better too.

Some ferns are easy, some are very tricky. The Grape Ferns (Botrychium genus) can be tricky at times, but I'm fairly (80%) sure about yours.
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:18 PM   #6
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i looked at many pictures of grape ferns and am still undecided.

i'm photographing everything and slowly attempting to identify. i'm flagging this guy so i can compare how he looks later with how he looked in the spring.

reading about the wild hyacinth was so interesting -- thanks so much for the i.d.!
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:12 PM   #7
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Looking at your fern again, I now realize that it's probably not Botrychium dissectum, too many leaves, but it still looks like a Botrychium, maybe B. virginianum. While it's possible that the fern in your photo is actually 3 separate B. dissectum plants with only one of them putting up a fertile stalk, which was my initial thought, it's probably more likely that it's one plant with 3 leaves, which would match with B. virginianum. Botrychium dissectum doesn't put up a fertile stalk very often, and when I find a group of them, there are usually no fertile stalks.

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The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at UWGB has an online fern guide that I've found helpful:
Pteridophytes of Wisconsin-Cofrin Center for Biodiversity
Pteridophytes of Wisconsin: Botrychium dissectum, cut-leaved grape fern
Pteridophytes of Wisconsin: Botrychium virginianum, rattlesnake fern
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:08 PM   #9
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Hi Cirsium,

Thanks for the link to the key, should come in handy. I have a field guide to ferns, but your site's key seems better.

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Old 04-29-2010, 07:21 PM   #10
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i believe it is a single plant; i will take more photos tomorrow.

thank you, cirsium!
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