Archivos de diario de agosto 2020

03 de agosto de 2020

Frangula californica 🤢

Got sick today eating a few ripe F. californica berries. It's not often that I've seen that many ripe berries on the bushes - usually there are no berries are the berries are unripe. Based on what I read they have been used to make a coffee-like drink so I thought they were not that toxic. In the past I've eaten maybe a couple berries at the most.

But today there were quite a few ripe berries on some specimens along the Old Railroad Grade fire road so I had about a half-dozen. Unfortunately within the next hour I gradually become more nauseous, eventually vomiting.

One thing I will say - it helps to drink water to flush out your stomach - it's much better to vomit up the water with as much of the berries as you can expel, than to leave them inside.

At home now and feeling better but just a little bit tired.

I have now learned not to eat F. californica berries and paid the price. I'm glad my body did what it needed to do and expelled them. 🤢🤮

If there is anyone who is willing to back up my edit of the F. californica Wikipedia page please do. I just updated the Food and Medicine [] section of the page which previous said:

"The berries and seeds are safe and edible. The seeds inside the berries makehave anbeen excellent,used caffeine-freeto make [[coffee substitute]], superior to [[chicory]] and with overtones of mocha. Accessed 15.6.2015.

Although the plant itself looks much like a coffee plant, its berries, which are succulent, do not, but they can be made into jams and jellies."

It looks like the creator of was trying to plug his website via the article.

Publicado el agosto 3, 2020 03:20 MAÑANA por xpacifica xpacifica | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

27 de agosto de 2020

Clinopodium douglasii and unknown along SCA Trail. Photo location issue resolved!

Yesterday ascending the SCA Trail from the parking lot up to Conzelman and then from Conzelman up the the ridge I noticed that the trail had been cleared (weed whacked). This is beneficial for hiking but obviously had an adverse impact on the vegetation that was removed. Sadly, I think that the Five Spot that was along the lower segment of the trail was removed.

On the segment between Conzelman and the ridge I noticed C. douglasii for the first time. The patch was not far from Conzelman. Further up the trail closer to the top I observed a patch of what I initially thought is C. douglasii however the leaves are distinctly smaller and iNaturalist's AI recognition system thinks it is Euphorbia which I disagree with because the leaves taste similar to C. douglasii.

Also had support from iNaturalist and it turns out that the photo location problem is related to the process by which the app obtains permissions necessary to read the coordinate data.

The fix involves completely uninstalling iNaturalist, re-installing it, creating an observation FROM WITHIN the app. This process will cause the app to ask for permissions to access the camera and access location.

After that, it is possible to share photos from a gallery app with iNaturalist to create new observations and it will correctly read the location data from the shared photos.

Publicado el agosto 27, 2020 04:32 MAÑANA por xpacifica xpacifica | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario