This so called “saprophyte” of the orchid family is the most common of some 15 types of coral root in North America.
So named because of the root’s (actually a clump of rhizomes) resemblance to a piece of coral.
We’ve been hiking on Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and in the Gorge the last few weeks and have been seeing these everywhere, usually in large bunches. We’ve seen them on roadsides, trail sides and lower-elevation meadows.
Three or four of the five petals on these small flowers are larger than the others and sport yellow dots. The anthers are bright orange. The leaves are oval and toothed. The reddish central capsule is what gives the flower its common name. (more…)
Although the plant is a common sight in northwest meadows, it can still be difficult to find in bloom. (more…)
Like some other water plants (including rice) the water lily gives off alcohol instead of carbon dioxide.
We’ve also seen this called American Bistort, Mountain Meadow Knotweed, and (no kidding) Smokeweed.