Thursday, July 25, 2013

Flora and Fauna 5/day - Day 9

LA: Cetraria islandica
EN: Iceland lichen
FI: Iso hirvenjäkälä
JP: エイランタイ
Location: Tampere
Surrounding: Moist ground. Needle leaf tree forest.

Note: Quite easy to ID by the shape, which resenbles moose antler. Edible by processing it to extract starch. Not prepared correctly, it works as laxative.





LA: Taraxacium
EN: Dandelions
FI: V
oikukat
JP: タンポポ
Location: Tampere
Surrounding: Open field with good sun light. 

Note: very easy to ID but leaves and flower. also it makes large cluster. entire plant is edible. Flower and leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. Stem and root are better eaten cooked.




LA: Vaccinium oxycoccos
EN: Cranberry
FI: K
arpalo (Iso Karpalo)
JP: ツルコケモモ
Location: Tampere
Surrounding: On swamp where covered by sphagnum.

Note: ID by berry and vine like stem. Berries are edible and has medicinal use of stomach acid disorder.



LA: Calla palustris
EN: Bog Arum
FI: 
Vehka
JP: ヒメカイウ
Location: Tampere
Surrounding: in the very shallow water or swamp.

Note: very easy to spot and ID by large cluster, leave and seed. Entire pland is toxic. Saponin in the seed, Oxalic acid in lest of plant. but by properly processing it can remove toxins from root and can be eaten.


LA: Maianthemum bifolium
EN: May Lily
FI: O
ravanmarja
JP: N/A
Location: Tampere
Surrounding: 
Moist ground. Needle leaf tree forest.
NoteConvallaria majalis like leaf caught my eye.






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