A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for December, 2013

Rattan’s Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia rattanii)

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

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

Blooming slightly later than other Blue-Eyed Marys (Large flowered, small flowered and few flowered); it has the characteristic 5 petals, with the upper two petals pale, or nearly white, while the lower three are deep blue to lavender.

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Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. arborescens)

The name refers to the bright red berries, not the flowers, which are white, as shown.

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

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Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2013.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

The name is a Native American word meaning “something to smoke,”  referring to their use of the dried  leaves of this plant, sometimes mixed with tobacco.  (more…)


Ball-head Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum capitatum var. thompsonii)

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Chiwaukum Creek Trail, Wenatchee NF, WA, 5/2017.

This is sometimes called “Bull-head Waterleaf,” and a close relative of this is called “Woollen Breeches.”  (more…)


Kneeling Angelica (Angelica genuflexa)

Upper Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

Upper Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR, 8/2013.

This member of the parsley family is distinguishable from Gray’s Lovage and Cow Parsnip by its hearty stalks, saw-toothed leaves, and propensity for wetness.  This one seemed to be thriving in the misty spray of Upper Latourell Falls.