A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Rock Penny Cress (Thlaspi fendleri var. glaucum)

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

When the flowers are closed, it’d be easy to mistake this mustard family member for a clover of some sort.   Read the rest of this page »

Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida)

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

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

The many different species of this genus of the figwort family are notoriously hard to distinguish from one another, even for botanists.  Read the rest of this page »

Naked Broomrape (Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea)

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Look closely for these tiny flowers, but don’t expect to find any leaves.   Read the rest of this page »

Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

This prevalent plant’s common name refers to its alleged nourishment for miners living in the wilds, far from civilization. Read the rest of this page »

Yakima Milk-vetch (Astragalus reventiformis)

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Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Yakima is the name of a group or tribe of Native Americans who live in Washington state.   Read the rest of this page »

Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum)

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

If you’re seeing larkspur now (early spring) in the Northwest, chances are that it’s this variety.  Also called “Common Larkspur”. Read the rest of this page »

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