A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for March 30, 2011

Western Anemone seed head (Anemone occidentalis)

Glacier Peak, WA. 8/2006.

This is the seed head of the plant, after the flower has gone.  The flower is here.  The plant has many nicknames,  including Chalice Flower and Western Pasqueflower, and the unusual looking seed head has given it several more, including Old Man of the Mountain and Tow-headed Baby, and we’ve even heard it called “Mouse-on-a-stick.”  The ones in this picture are certainly mouse-like.  Washington’s Glacier Peak is in the background.


Calypso aka Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa)

Marble Mountains, CA. 8/2005.

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Cliff Maids aka Siskiyou Lewisia (Lewisia Cotyledon)

Marble Mountains, CA. 8/2005.

Compare to Quil-leaved Lewisia.


Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)

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

There’s no mistaking the unique sculptural Columbine for any other mountain flower.  It’s a good day when you find these elegant beauties gracing a trail en mass. (more…)


Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

Rainy Lake Road, OR, 6/2014.

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