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Naturalist Notebook 

January 3, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!



(Pictured below, really close up!)



12-10-11
Photo: N. Sincero 2011



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • This specimen has male and female flowers on separate plants.
  • It is not native to California and is considered an invasive species by the California Invasive Plant Council.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, January 8th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this specimen. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 8:27 am

2 Comments »

  1. Ilex aquifolium

    Comment by Santi — January 3, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  2. Our lone guess was right! This week’s specimen is leaves from English or common holly (Ilex aquifolium). To learn more about holly, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — January 8, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

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