A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Rainiera aka Tounge-Leaf Luina (Rainiera Stricta)

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Stricta, once thought to be a member of the closely related luina (pronounced ‘lew-eye-na’) genus, is now the sole member of the Rainiera genus.  Read the rest of this page »

Silver-leaf Phacelia (Phacelia Hastata)

Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

This strange looking plant is not, as one might guess, related to Fiddleneck, but rather a member of the waterleaf family. Read the rest of this page »

Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor)

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

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Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Latourell Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

Latourell Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

This showy, European import is prevalent in low-elevation roadsides and disturbed areas in the western halves of Oregon, Washington and California, as well a a smattering of western, and east-coast locations. Read the rest of this page »

Baneberry (Actaea rubra)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2014.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2014.

This member of the buttercup family is seen at all elevations across most of the the Northeast, North-central, and Western U.S. Read the rest of this page »

Brewer’s Mitrewort (Mitella breweri)

Inlet of "Big" Cougar Lake,  William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Inlet of “Big” Cougar Lake, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

The name has us thinking of mitrewort beer, but it’s actually named after William Henry Brewer (1828-1910), a prestigious botanist who explored California and the northwest, and has his name on several flowers.   Read the rest of this page »

Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii)

Rainy Lake Road, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Rainy Lake Road, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Discovered to be a different species than the similar, eastern variety by botanist John Nuttall in 1835, when a doctor companion of his used its bark as a quinine substitute to treat Native American children suffering from malaria.

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