A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Cushion Fleabane (Erigeron poliospermus var. poliospermus)

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

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

“The name Fleabane was applied to this plant because there was a popular belief among country people that the flowers possessed some objectionable features that caused undesirable insects to give it a wide berth.  Read the rest of this page »

Honesty (Lunaria annua)

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

This non-native member of the mustard family appears sporadically across the U.S., but more often in Oregon and Washington.  Read the rest of this page »

Star-Flowered Solomon’s Seal (Smilacina stellata)

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Also called Star-Flowered False Solomon’s Seal, and Starry Solomon’s Plume.   Read the rest of this page »

Mountain Owl’s Clover (Orthocarpus imbicatus)

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

None of the three different groups of flowers called “owl’s clover” are actually clovers.  Read the rest of this page »

White Heather (Cassiope mertensiana)

Burnt Lake Trail, Mount Hood N.W., OR, 7/2013.

Burnt Lake Trail, Mount Hood N.W., OR, 7/2013.

The leaves of this low, alpine shrub are scale-like, reminiscent of evergreens such as cedars and cypresses, compared to the spruce-like needles of the pink heather.   Read the rest of this page »

Tomcat Clover (Trifolium willdenovii)

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

Also known as Sand Clover, it was formerly named  tridentatum.  Named after Carl Ludwig Willdenow (1765-1812), a German botanist.

Phantom Orchid (Eburophyton austiniae)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA,  7/2014.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 7/2014.

This rare, endangered plant is only found in the rich soils of shady pacific northwest forests.  Read the rest of this page »

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