During the latest Nature Walk, Krystal (BWR) helped to identify native plants within the community of UniverCity on Burnaby Mountain in the tree and riparian covenants; in Richard Bolton Park as well as the landscaped boulevards.
I was quite excited when Krystal pointed out and helped to identify the Trailing Blackberry.
I looked up a little information on The Trailing Blackberry Dewberry (Rubus ursinus) in “Plants of the Coastal British Columbia…”, an essential reference book:
“The Stl’atl’imx and some Coast Sailish have an origin myth for trailing blackberry. A woman was chased up a tree by a jealous husband. The blood of the woman fell from the tree and became blackberry…Trailing blackberry is our only native blackberry.” They were used by Coast Sailish for the healing properties of the leaves (dried leaves used in teas). It is identified by their white stalks, and trailing quality. ( Revised Plants of Coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Pojar, Mackinnon. Lone Pine. 1994)
Above is a Red-flowering Currant. Though now without flowers, in the spring they can be identified with “beautiful reddish-pink flowers, which are harbingers of spring and hummingbirds” (Plants of Coastal BC)”
Native plants such as the salmon berry (Rubus spectabilis), Red Oisier Dogwood Tree (Cornus stolonifera), Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa ss. pubens) (leaves smell like licorice) & and Snowberries (Symphoroicarpos albus) are important as food source and habitat for wildlife. They can be threatened by invasives and human development.
We learned a lot… and probably the most memorable. How to test your slug power! Don’t underestimate the ability to entertain yourself in the woods.
Stay tuned for future walks.