A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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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 »

Woolly Sunflower aka Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum)

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Contrary to popular belief, we get plenty of sunshine in Oregon, especially during the summer months, when these flowers, coincidentally, are in bloom.  Read the rest of this page »

Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

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

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

Yesterday, we saw over thirty specimens of this supposedly uncommon saprophyte along the first two miles of the Hamilton Mountain trail (along with four phantom orchids)!   Read the rest of this page »

Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea coronaria)

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Like Bitterroot, by the time this plant blooms, the leaves are gone.  Read the rest of this page »

Windflower (Anemone deltoidea)

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

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

The genus name comes from the Greek anemos, meaning “wind”, so technically all anemones are “wind flowers,”  but this is the only western variety that is usually called by that name.  Read the rest of this page »

Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes)

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.

Like other members of the waterleaf family, the stamens of the flowers extend beyond the corolla and the leaves are large and numerous, allowing them to collect moisture.  This species is also known as “Slender-stem Waterleaf.”   The Greek hydrophyllum is a direct translation of the common name.

Compare to the bluish  Ball-head Waterleaf.

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