A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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.  With the exception of the white variety, the rest are nearly indistinguishable, leaving us guessing on this one.  The botanist Linnaeus gave the genus their Latin name, meaning “twelve gods,” envisioning in their flowers a convention of the twelve Greek gods at Mt. Olympus (?!).

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Major Creek Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

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