Kaeyli Frye

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Hey, my name is Kaeyli. I've been alive for 21 years now. I grew up in and am currently living in Southern California. I wasn't very aware of this whole permaculture movement and all that, I think, goes along with it until about a three years ago. So, I'm still pretty dang new to all of it. My biggest goal right now is to save up enough money to buy property somewhere in the PNW. Before, as well as while, all that happens I have a ton of learning and mistakes to make. So, another big goal of mine, which I am currently working on, is to learn as much as I can about anything which may be useful in my pursuit of living sustainably.
California / Oregon / Washington
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Isaac Hill wrote:Looks like a Trillium that is almost done blooming, the petals get transparent at the end of spring/beginning of summer. Probably Trillium ovatum.



Thank you, Isaac !
4 years ago
I saw this flower while in Oregon last year. The petals were transparent when wet, like Diphylleia grayi, but looks a lot more like Tradescantia fluminensis, though I'm not 100% on it being the latter.

The picture attached is the only one I took. Any help with identification would be appreciated. Thank you!
4 years ago
Oh, my! It is definitely a Hemitomes congestum. Thank you, M.K. !

From what I've read it does seem to be pretty rare, Leila; I feel so lucky to have seen it ^.^

This was a good lil' article on it:

http://www.botany.org/Parasitic_Plants/Hemitomes_congestum.php

4 years ago
It looks a lot like that plant! I'd say it's probably a root parasite of some sort as well?
It's interesting, the Cytinus hypocistis doesn't produce chlorophyll, like Monotropa uniflora, which I made a topic about, too. It seems I was very attracted to non-photosynthesizing-plants/organisms this weekend ^.^
Hmm, I still haven't identified the plant that started this topic, but I think Cytinus hypocistis is puttin' the search in the right direction. Thank you!
4 years ago


I came across this while camping in the Cougar Reservoir area of the Willamette National Forest and was berry interested in finding out more of it when I got back to the internet. It was really easy to identify because I guess everybody thinks it looks like some sort of ghost plant. It's so cool! I've only done a little bit of reading on it, but I am absolutely fascinated with this plant/not plant? It doesn't photosynthesis, so what exactly would it be? I read it's a myco-heterotroph, so it has a symbiotic relationship with fungi -- is there a specific fungi it has this relationship with?

Regardless, I think this organism is not only interesting-lookin', its process of life seems to be just as or even more interesting. How cool!
4 years ago


Hello! I've done a bit of unsuccessful research in an attempt to figure out what this plant is. I saw this little patch and another about three feet away. Ah! And this was in the Cougar Reservoir Area in the Willamette National Forest (Oregon).

Thanks for readin'!

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4 years ago

Steven Feil wrote:Just looking in Moore's book and he has nearly a full page of female reproductive area issues and associated herbs. (3.5 columns, less than one column for MALE!)

He does not mention this condition though. There are many herbs that assist with regulating female hormones though.



Females tend to have a lot more reproductive issues, so that doesn't surprise me!

I'm fairly certain dysmenorrhea can be fixed by better-regualting and balancing one's hormones, so herbs like so should definitely help, thank you ^.^ !
4 years ago

M.K. Dorje Jr. wrote:Fomes fomentarius (Amadou) has been used by many cultures around the world to cure an extremely wide range of problems including arthritis, cancer, bladder complaints, viral infections and dozens of other medical problems. It has been used in a tea for colds, flu, bronchitis and general debility. It has also been used as tinder to start fires or even made into hats. The only specific reference of use for dysmenorrhea that I can find is on page 147 of The Fungal Pharmacy, a book by Robert Rogers: "Killermann (1938 ) reported its use as a remedy for dysmenorrhea, hemorrhoids, and bladder disorders, the active substance being called 'fomitin'". The referenced book by Killermann is in German and looks like a rather obscure reference. Fungi Perfecti sells a bunch of immunity-boosting Host Defense products that contain this species. They also sell purses made out of amadou that are imported from Transylvania (in Romania)! By the way, a friend of mine uses cannabis for her menstrual problems including nausea, headaches, dizziness, extreme discomfort, mood swings, pelvic cramps, etc. Your local medical cannabis clinic can provide you with more info about this popular plant remedy. Hope this info might help you a bit.



Huh, googling "fomitin dysmenorrhea" has come up with a few interesting, as well as obscure, results. Thanks for that! I'm going to research it a bit more ^.^

I've looked into using cannabis for menstrual pains, and all else that comes along with it. I actually have a medical script for it as well.
I'm not a fan of the psychoactive effects, but I do now know that CBDs are what helps with pain and overall body-calmness, and there are products which are mainly or only CBD's sold in clinics.
I'm still open to it, just figuring out what my other options are

4 years ago

Christopher G Williams wrote:No personal experience with using it as medicine, but as a professional forager I run into this mushroom all the time. It grows on the same tree: birch, as a mushroom I am often hunting: chaga.

It is a pretty remarkable mushroom aside from any medicinal benefits. You can pull and process a felt like material called 'Amadou' from under the cap. It has a myriad of uses as a natural fiber, it's most obvious benefit being that it repels water, is lightweight and resists decomposition if processed correctly.

I've also heard of indigenous Alaskans processing it in some way and chewing it like tobacco. Not sure what sort of effect it produces, but it seems to be pretty popular up there.

We don't have it for sale on our website presently, but we always keep a stock of it for special orders which we do get from time to time.



Wow, that really is remarkable! Thanks for the thoughtful response + information
4 years ago

Steven Feil wrote:Don't know what Dysmenorrhea is. Guess I could look it up.........



There's really not much on it at all. It's essentially thought of as bad menstrual cramps. I don't think many have looked into it much further than that because the persons experiencing them are usually put off as being weak or maybe over-dramatic.

I've done a lot of research on it and what I have found is that it may be the body reacting very sensitively to the hormones (prostaglandins) released during menstruation, or too many of those being released, which leads to a varying range of discomfort during menstruation.

For me it meant essentially going through labor 5 or 6 times, minus the giving birth part.

"nausea and vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, headache, dizziness, disorientation, hypersensitivity to sound, light, smell and touch, fainting, and fatigue." -- All that for me, unfortunately not the fainting part, though.

I experienced all of this through the ages of 13-17, until I was put on birth control, which has helped a lot, but I'd like to get off it as soon as I can, so I'm looking into alternatives to that as well as ways to treat what may very well come back. .
4 years ago