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Yellow Houseplant Mushrooms (Leucocoprinus birnbaumii)

These appeared in one of my mother’s flower pots a day after we had our first rain in months. They grew rapidly.
 

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, a common mushroom

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Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, day 2

common name Yellow Houseplant Mushroom
domain Eukaryota
kingdom Fungi
phylum Basidiomycota
class Agaricomycetes
order Agaricales
family Agaricaceae
genus Leucocoprinus
species birnbaumii
location Central Texas
IUCN status Not tracked
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The pampas grass provides a glorious border between our lawn and the neighbor’s.
Pampas Grass

common name Pampas Grass
domain Eukaryota
kingdom Plantae; subkingdom Tracheobionta
phylum Spermatophyta; subphylum Magnoliophyta
class Liliopsida
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Cortaderia
species selioana
location Central Texas
IUCN status Not evaluated
Extremely local species are itemized species seen at our homes: on the actual property, or in the air above it. (Across the street doesn’t count!) I began by itemizing species seen at our house in Copperas Cove, Texas, and later expanded the project to include our home in Renton, Washington.

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We are told that the crape myrtle in our front yard is as old as the house, which was built in 1965. It’s a large, well-established, beautiful plant, taller than the roof, and I completely adore it.

Crape myrtles were introduced into North America in South Carolina, back in 1790, and have been tremendously successful. The genus originated in East and Southeast Asia.

Crape myrtle

common name Crape Myrtle
domain Eukaryota
kingdom Plantae; subkingdom Tracheobionta
phylum Spermatophyta; subphylum Magnoliaphyta
class Magnoliopsida; subclass Rosidae
order Myrtales
family Lythraceae
genus Lagerstroemia
species indica
location Central Texas
IUCN status Not evaluated
Extremely local species are itemized species seen at our homes: on the actual property, or in the air above it. (Across the street doesn’t count!) I began by itemizing species seen at our house in Copperas Cove, Texas, and later expanded the project to include our home in Renton, Washington.

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My mother gave me a pot with several flowering plants in it, but it wasn’t until one of them died back a little from the heat that I discovered this struggling charmer growing beneath it.
Begonia

common name Begonia
domain Eukaryota
kingdom Plantae; subkingdom Tracheobionta
phylum Spermatophyta; subphylum Magnoliaphyta
class Magnoliopsida
order Cucurbitales
family Begoniaceae
genus Begonia
species n.a.; garden hybrid
location Central Texas
IUCN status Not evaluated
Extremely local species are itemized species seen at our homes: on the actual property, or in the air above it. (Across the street doesn’t count!) I began by itemizing species seen at our house in Copperas Cove, Texas, and later expanded the project to include our home in Renton, Washington.

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Pecan Tree (Carya illinoinensis)

Our pecan actually springs from a naturally seeded contribution from our neighbor’s pecan. When nuts appear, the squirrels have endless fun.
Pecan Tree

common name Pecan Tree
domain Eukaryota
kingdom Plantae; subkingdom Tracheobionta
phylum Spermatophyta; subphylum Magnoliaphyta
class Magnoliopsida
order Fagales
family Juglandaceae
genus Carya
species illinoinensis
location Central Texas
IUCN status Not evaluated
Extremely local species are itemized species seen at our homes: on the actual property, or in the air above it. (Across the street doesn’t count!) I began by itemizing species seen at our house in Copperas Cove, Texas, and later expanded the project to include our home in Renton, Washington.

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Sweet Gum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua)

This photo was taken in April, 2005. The sweet gum tree is a living fossil; specimens as much as 55,000,000 years of age have been found. A member of the witch hazel family.
Sweet gum tree

common name Sweet Gum Tree
domain Eukaryota
kingdom Plantae; subkingdom Tracheobionta
phylum Spermatophyta
class Magnoliaphyta
order Hamamelidales
family Hamamelidaceae
genus Liquidambar
species styraciflua
location Central Texas
IUCN status Not evaluated
Extremely local species are itemized species seen at our homes: on the actual property, or in the air above it. (Across the street doesn’t count!) I began by itemizing species seen at our house in Copperas Cove, Texas, and later expanded the project to include our home in Renton, Washington.

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Bermuda Grass (Cynodon)

A humble but crucial part of our lawn.
Bermuda Grass

common name Bermuda Grass
domain Eukaryota
kingdom Plantae; subkingdom Tracheobionta
phylum Spermatophyta; subphylum Magnoliaphyta
class Liliopsida
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Cynodon
species ?
location Central Texas
IUCN status Not evaluated
Extremely local species are itemized species seen at our homes: on the actual property, or in the air above it. (Across the street doesn’t count!) I began by itemizing species seen at our house in Copperas Cove, Texas, and later expanded the project to include our home in Renton, Washington.