Hello fellow flora learners, I am Diane.

My name is Diane, I am a mother of 4 children, work at UAF, and a nature enthusiast. Born and raised in Oregon, living in Alaska for the last 12 years, I now call it home. I grew up exploring outside, and have always loved looking at the many different things that grow on this earth. I love collecting and observing the different flora when exploring Alaska with my family. It is a wonder the way plants change from tundra to wetlands, to forest and how they adapt to survive. I am excited to learn more in depth about the amazing flora and share my knowledge with my kids. Watching the spring turn to summer, it is a wonder how plants bloom in a staggered rate, each in their own time. We enjoy growing plants in our home garden, foraging for berries and mushrooms (we just finished a batch of dandelion honey and salve), and hunting. On our journeys we like to collect and press flowers or bring our sketch books. My favorite thing to observe is the lichen and spongy ground cover you find in the higher altitudes. The way it soaks up moisture and becomes very squishy and full, and then dry and crusty, it reminds me of coral. Also, Arctic Cotton, I love arctic cotton. It reminds me of the Lorax.


Hello everyone! My name is Justin, and I’m a biologist with ADF&G. During my many years of college, I experienced the misfortune of botany classes always conflicting with required courses. For anyone considering wildlife biology as a career, it’s worth knowing that many Federal jobs require 9 credits of botany …


Hello, My name is Samantha. I would define myself as a beginner when it comes to understanding plants. I enjoy admiring plants, I have many house plants, and during the summer I enjoy growing various flowers, herbs, and some type of produce. This year I have covered my deck in …

Plant Dissection

 Dwarf Bunchberry, Cornus canadensis https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343087857526374403 Salal, Gaultheria shallon https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343096010422878211 American Twinflower, Linnaea borealis https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343103589282742275 Orange daylily, Hemerocallis fulva https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343108628663500803  

Plant Dissections

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) Family: Aconitum delphiniifolium DC. Larkspurleaf monkshood https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343080792691048451 Fabaceae (Pea) Family: Trifolium hybridum L.   Alsike Clover https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343090926611857411 Asteraceae (Aster) Family: Erigeron acer L. Bitter Fleabane https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343093963380228099   Ericaceae (Heather) Family Orthilia secunda L. One-sided wintergreen https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343098505618522115  


Sorry the magnification leaves much to be desired and the lighting is terrible. I need more practice and/or a better set up for DIY microscopy! Plant Family #1 Rose: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1342302777337970691 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1342989574296567810 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1342994855025967106 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1342994457670189058 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1342996007566180354 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1342996307261784066 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1342996846468923394 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1342997445604278274 Plant Family #2 Pea: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1342305860210130947 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343001554109595650 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343001295820161026 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343001023916015618 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343000769288208386 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1343000334464712706 Plant Family #3 …