Episode 58: Geophytes

 

Flowers are a welcome sight after a long, gray winter. Many of the flowers we look forward to in the spring sprout forth from underground storage organs called bulbs. However, some of the plants we call bulbs aren’t true bulbs, but are instead corms or rhizomes or tubers. Collectively, such plants are known as geophytes. Casey explains.

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On that note, Daniel introduces us to some native geophytes that can be seen in our collective backyard, the Boise Foothills. The geophyte lifestyle is one of the best ways for a plant to survive in a climate where water is limited, thus many of the native plants you see flowering now are geophytes.

nineleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium triternatum) is a geophyte

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This episode aired on Radio Boise in April 2019 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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