This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Interrupted Clubmoss (Spinulum annotinum). Clubmosses are a primitive group of plants that evolved over 440 million years ago. Despite the name, they are not mosses but true vascular plants, meaning they have specialized tissue to carry water. Clubmosses are distinguished from other plants by their small leaves with one vein, called microphylls, and they reproduce asexually using spores. In Interrupted Clubmoss, the spores are located in a cone-like structure called a strobilus at the top of the stalks. Interrupted Clubmoss gets its name because each year’s growth is marked by an interruption or constriction in the stem. The stem actually grows horizontally across the ground, with spore-bearing stalks protruding upwards for reproduction. It is a perennial plant, and the stem can grow up to three feet long. It is found in coniferous and mixed forests across all of Canada, thriving in damp, shaded areas, like at the edge of wetlands. These neat little plants can be seen popping out of the leaf litter across the forest floors throughout the park.
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MINE TOURS AND OTHER PROGRAMSYes…there will be Silver Queen Mine Tours this summer!The park is planning to have guided tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am. Sundays will feature the regular Open House at the mine (10am to noon). The first tour will be Canada Day (July 1).Registration for all guided tours will open Monday, June 27. Space is limited so you must pre-register at the gatehouse or call 613-267-5060. Registration is not required for the open houses.ALSO!Evening Programs will be Saturday nights, starting in July. The time will change based on our daylight hours.Snake Talks will be every day at 2pm outside the visitor centre, starting Canada Day.Exploration stations, prop tables, and Kids programs will be advertised the week of on our program boards.Stay tuned for a great summer!
For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions and available amenities at Murphys Point (services, facilities, attractions) during the 2022 season, be sure to check https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/murphyspoint.
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