Carol Bornstein http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/93/all en California Holly: How Hollywood Didn't Get its Name http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/california-holly-how-hollywood-didnt-get-its-name <p>In Nancy Dale&rsquo;s 1986 epic tome of Southern California native plants, <em>Flowering Plants</em>, she has this to say about Toyon &mdash; aka California Holly, Christmas Berry, or, if you&rsquo;re a botanist, Heteromeles arbutifolia:</p> <p>&ldquo;It is thought that masses of this native shrub growing on the hills above Hollywood gave the community its name.&rdquo;</p> <p>This idea of floral origins for Hollywood is romantic. It&rsquo;s also not true. Hollywood got its name for a much more mundane reason: someone wealthy liked the sound of it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/california-holly-how-hollywood-didnt-get-its-name" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/california-holly-how-hollywood-didnt-get-its-name#comments California Holly Carol Bornstein Christmas Berry Daeida Wilcox European Holly Harvey Wilcox Heteromeles arbutifolia Hollywood Hollywood sign Ilex aquifolium Toyon Toyonwood Blog Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:09:45 +0000 Lila Higgins 830 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Bird's Nest Fungi, Exploding Eggs, and Mushroom Soup http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/birds-nest-fungi-exploding-eggs-and-mushroom-soup <div>Yay! Today I documented the first bird's nest fungus, <em>Cyathus</em> sp., in the North Campus. For months, I have been looking forward to finding these fascinating, weird, and wonderful fungi. When North Campus Director Carol Bornstein told me she had found some, I immediately knew I had to blog about them.</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/birds-nest-fungi-exploding-eggs-and-mushroom-soup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/birds-nest-fungi-exploding-eggs-and-mushroom-soup#comments bird's nest fungus campbell's mushroom soup Carol Bornstein earthstar mushroom fungi puffballs stinkhorns Blog Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:52:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 688 at http://www.nhm.org/nature First Baby Oaks Sprout Up in the North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-baby-oaks-sprout-north-campus <p>The North Campus is the proud parent of some baby oak trees! <div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MV01L2xqIMQ/TynfgZS55wI/AAAAAAAAAVM/C8oi_bc-LPk/s1600/DSC07127.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" gda="true" height="267" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MV01L2xqIMQ/TynfgZS55wI/AAAAAAAAAVM/C8oi_bc-LPk/s400/DSC07127.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div>Baby coast live oak sheltered by wall</div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-baby-oaks-sprout-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-baby-oaks-sprout-north-campus#comments Babies Brian Brown Carol Bornstein coast live oak engelmann oak Oak tree Trees Blog Fri, 03 Feb 2012 06:51:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 671 at http://www.nhm.org/nature