A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Partridge Foot (Luetkea pectinata)

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Both the Latin and the common name come from the leaves.  Pectinata means  “comb-like,” and the birds  whose feet they are compared to are really grouse, who were once called partridges by hunters, and who have feathery feet.   According to Mary Fries in Wildflowers of Mt. Rainer,  the plant was collected in Sitka, Alaska by Carl Mertens and named by Russian botanist August Bongard after Count Friedrich Leutke, a Russian scientist who charted the Alaskan coast in 1827.

These plants form a low (4-5 inch)  ground cover/shrub in rocky alpine and sub alpine areas.

Collier Cone Trail, Three Sisters NW, OR, 8/2013.

Collier Cone Trail, Three Sisters NW, OR, 8/2013.

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