A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for August, 2013

Spotted Coral Root (Corallorhiza maculata)

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

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

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.

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Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Bluff Lake Trail, Mt. Adams N.W. , WA, 8/2013.

Bluff Lake Trail, Yakama Nation, Mt. Adams , WA, 8/2013.

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.

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Rusty Saxifrage (Saxifraga ferruginea)

Ed’s Trail, Silver Star Mountain, WA 6/2013.

Ed’s Trail, Silver Star Mountain, WA 6/2013.

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…)


Green False Hellebore (Veratum viride)

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Although the plant is a common sight in northwest meadows, it can still be difficult to find in bloom.  (more…)


Yellow Water Lily (Nuphar polysepalum)

Burnt Lake, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

Burnt Lake, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

Like some other water plants (including rice) the water lily gives off alcohol instead of carbon dioxide.

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Bistort aka Mountain Dock (Polygonum bistortoides)

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

Lookout Mountain, OR, 7/2013.

We’ve also seen this called American Bistort, Mountain Meadow Knotweed, and (no kidding)  Smokeweed.

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