A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for June, 2013

Large-leaved Avens (Geum macrophyllum)

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

“It is rarely abundant, easily overlooked and often mistaken for a cinquefoil or buttercup.”  -Robert Ross and Henrietta Chambers in Wildflowers of the Western Cascades. 

 


Flytrap Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemfolium)

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Dog Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 5/2013.

Also known as Spreading Dogbane, this plant is found in dry, rocky areas.  (more…)


Coast Manroot aka Wild Cucumber (Marah oreganus)

4/2013.  Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR

Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR  4/2013.

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Orange Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa)

Dog Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2013.

Dog Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2013.

On a May climb up Dog Mountain, perhaps the classic wildflower hike in the Columbia Gorge, this flowering vine took the prize for the brightest-colored flower we saw.  (more…)


Field Chickweed (Cerastium arvense)

Dog Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA  5/2013.

Dog Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 5/2013.

At first we thought this was Long Stemmed Starwort (in keeping with our June  “star” theme).    On second glance we believe this to be chickweed.  It appears to have ten petals at first, until one sees that each “pair” is actually a deeply lobed single petal, making five.  This is closely related to Common Chickweed, whose leaves are known to be edible, but we’re not sure if you can eat this.


Baby Stars (Linanthus bicolor)

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Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

These lovely, tiny flowers are barely over an inch or two from the ground.  (more…)


Broad-Leaf Star Flower (Trientalis latifolia)

Wind Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2015.

Wind Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2015.

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Small-flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflora)

Grassy Knoll Trail head, Columbia Gorge, WA 5/2013.

Grassy Knoll Trailhead, Columbia Gorge, WA 5/2013.

Lithophragma means “stone breaker” in Greek, similar to its Latin family name Saxifraga  which means “rock splitter”.  (more…)


Desert Shooting Star (Dodecatheon conjugens)

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

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

The late Russ Jolley, the guru of Columbia Gorge wildflowers, identified seven different species of shooting star occurring in the gorge.  (more…)