Volume 5 (1956)
No. 3 (July 1956)
"A radio announcement was made Friday night - by whose authority remains a mystery - that residents could help themselves to a group of young trees along the Beltline next to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. "Construction of two additional lanes of Beitline roadway got started in the area Thursday. The trees are in the path of the new road and will be bulldozed into trash this week. "An Arboretum official told The Wisconsin State Journal that they were at a loss to know who said "help yourselves." "University police and Arboretum workers said they had to patrol the Arboretum boundary to prevent trees from being dug. The boundary fence had been removed for the roadwork. "But the people got some of those trees, too," the official said. "There must have been 400 cars out there Sunday, he said. "The people even were taking up a lot of dirt. Most of the trees they took were young maples and pines. The maples don't have adequate roots and probable won't survive," he said. "And the same is probably true of the pines", he added. "State police set up "No Parking" signs, which were ignored. But there were no reports of any arrests. Dane county police said they had not been notified of the incident. "Allowing trees to be taken from state property is against the law and this instance sets a bad percedent," the official said." Interesting Plants of the Arboretum. 6. Indian Paintbrush. The Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea) is one of the most colorful of the early summer plants of moist sand prairies. It has been established on the Grady Prairie and is noW present in a colony of more than 10,000 plants. The plant is an annual, about 12 to 15 inches tall, with lobed leaves. The flowers in a terminal spike are small and inconspicuous, but are surrounded by brilliantly colored leafy bracts. These were bright scarlet when the colony was first developed. but a gradually increasing proportion of forms with clear yellow bracts has become evident in recent years, and occasional specimens have bracts of an intermediate orange color. The plant is a partial root-parasite, gaining part of its food from the roots of neighboring host plants which are probably grasses or sedges. Because of this it does not lend itself to horticultural uses, and this is a great pity, since our gardens are almost totally lacking in flowers with such an intense shade of red. In Wiscansia ihe indian Paintbrush is found in moist, peaty low prairies and also among the sand plants at several places on the Lake Michigan shore, especially in Kenosha and Door Counties. ----J. T. Curtis. A New Arboretum Publication Series A paper entitled "Supplement to Fungi of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum" is No. 1 in the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Occasional Paper Series. This series is designed to include papers which may appear at irregular intervals, are confined to material of local or restricted interest, and which may not be suitable for standard periodicals. "Fungi of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum" appeared in Trans. Wis. Acad. Sci Arts & Letters 39: 47-82. 1949. The supplement is a 27-page paper reproduced from typescript by the University Duplicating Department, and contains numerous additional records of fungi collected within the Arboretum, many of the collections having been made during the September 1953 Foray of the Mycological Society of America, held at Madison in conjunction with the AIBS meetings at that time. This paper, and others which may appear inthe series, will ultimately be distributed to institutions on our mailing list.
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