Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou by Kelby Ouchley

By Kelby Ouchley

Louisiana's bayous and their watersheds teem with cypress timber, alligators, crawfish, and lots of different lifestyles kinds. From Bayou Tigre to part Moon Bayou, those gradual streams meander via lowlands, marshes, or even uplands to dominate the state's panorama. In Bayou-Diversity, conservationist Kelby Ouchley unearths the bayou's tricky net of plant life and fauna.Through a suite of essays approximately Louisiana's typical heritage, Ouchley information an grand array of vegetation and animals present in the Bayou kingdom. Baldcypress, orchids, feral hogs, eels, black bears, bald eagles, and cottonmouth snakes dwell within the good over four hundred bayous of the sector. jointly, Ouchley's vignettes painting bright and intricate habitats. yet human interplay with the bayou and our position in its survival, Ouchley argues, will make certain the way forward for those difficult ecosystems. Bayou-Diversity narrates the tale of the bayou one wildflower, one creature at a time, in flip illustrating the larger photo of this valuable and bothered Louisiana panorama.

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Rarely longer than 3 inches, most inhabit clean streams with sand or gravel bottoms in the Ouachita and Pearl River drainages. Bedecked in vivid greens, blues, reds, and oranges, their spectacular colors never fail to amaze first-time viewers. That such gaudy creatures could exist in our midst almost unknown is always surprising. Even their names reflect the diversity: rainbow darter, harlequin darter, cypress � darter, bluntnose darter, goldstripe darter, speckled darter, redfin darter, and banded darter.

The island is famous for its wool fabric known as Harris Tweed. The preferred agent to dye this wool came from a gray lichen called crotal, which grows slowly on rocks and ancient stone walls. Women and children used soup spoons to scrape the lichens from the rocks. Lichen is also used to make litmus paper. Air pollution and lichens are not compatible. ” It might behoove LouiÂ� siÂ�anans to at least keep an eye on them. Mistletoe Well, the Druids thought it peculiar too. If you are traveling around LouiÂ�siÂ�ana, scan the tops of hardwood trees and look for the dark green clumps of mistletoe.

They produce the smallest seeds of any flowering plant, and one plant may release more than a million of the dust-like particles. Once the seeds germinate, growth will not occur without the 28╇ /╇ Biota: The Plant and Animal Life of a Particular Region presence of mycorrhizae, a special type of soil fungus. The fungi �actually penetrate the cell of the seeds and provide nutrients for the growing plant. Development of the mycorrhizae/orchid relationship is slow, and in some species it takes ten years for the plant to appear above ground and flower.

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