A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Little Pipsissewa aka Little Prince’s Pine (Chimaphila menziesii)

Cone Peak Trail, near Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Cone Peak Trail, near Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Both the common names refer to this plant resembling a smaller version of umbellata. Read the rest of this page »

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

Timberline trail near McNeil point, Mount Hood, OR, 8/2014.

Timberline trail near McNeil point, Mount Hood, OR, 8/2014.

Along with Mertens’ Coral Root, one of the more common, and less attractive of the chlorophyll lacking plants in northwest forests.  Read the rest of this page »

False Lily-of-the-valley (Maianthemum dilatatum)

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

The parallel-veined, heart-shaped leaves are immediately recognized by anyone who has spent time in northwest woodlands.   Read the rest of this page »

Rosy Pussytoes (Antennaria rosea)

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

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

Related to both Woolly Pussytoes and Pearly Everlasting (some call it “Rosy Everlasting”),  this composite family member is found in sunny, rocky areas at higher elevations throughout much of the western U.S.   Read the rest of this page »

Wapato aka Arum-leaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria cuneata)

Young Creek, Rooster Rock State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

Young Creek, Rooster Rock State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

Different varieties of this shallow-water plant can be found throughout the U. S.   The flowers seen here are male, with a cluster of yellow stamens at the center.  Read the rest of this page »

Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

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

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

This mint family member is found throughout the U.S. at low and mid elevations in moist woods or meadows.  Read the rest of this page »

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

The edible berries of this shrub vary in taste.  Read the rest of this page »

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