A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for May, 2013

Common Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus)

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

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

The latin translates to “little mimic.”  (more…)

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Hooker’s Fairy Bells (Disporum hookeri var. oreganum)

Ellowah Falls trail. Yeon State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR  4/2013.

Ellowah Falls trail, Yeon State Park,  Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Without the flowers this would be  difficult to distinguish from False Solomon’s Seal.  With the flowers, it resembles a much larger, white-flowered version of Rosy Twisted Stalk.  Also very similar to the closely related Fairy Lanterns.  Supposedly, the leaf’s parallel veins direct rainwater toward their pointed tips, protecting the flowers below.


Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum)

Beacon Rock, Columbia Gorge, OR  4/2012.

Beacon Rock, Columbia Gorge, WA  4/2012.

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Howell’s Triteleia (Triteleia grandiflora var. howellii)

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

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

One book nicknames this “Bi-colored Cluster Lily,”  and several others refer to it as  “Howell’s Brodiaea.”  We’re not savvy enough to know what distinguishes Brodiaea from Triteleia, so we went with the designation of Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, the winner of  the American Horticultural Society Book Award, figuring they know what’s up.

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Rosy Plectritus (Plectritus congesta)

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

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

The latin congesta refers to the ‘crowded’ head of tiny pink flowers.  (more…)


Bitter Root (Lewisia rediviva)

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

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

Easy to miss, the early spring Bitter root appears to survive with little  support. (more…)


Meadow Death Camas (Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus)

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

Some believe that mistaking the poisonous root of the Death Camas for the edible root of the Common Camas was what caused the death of Christopher McCandles (more…)


California Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica)

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

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

Named after the Russian-German naturalist and surgeon, Johann Friedrich von Eschsch0ltz.  Spanish explorers on the California coast called this flower ‘Copa de Oro’ — cup of gold.  The native range of the poppy encompasses the western states and Mexico, and it is the state flower of California, where one sees  spectacular displays over entire hills and valleys in the spring.  Native Americans used the leaves medicinally.  It contains a different class of alkaloids than opium poppies, but its extract is said to have a mild opiate effect when smoked.

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