A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Red Bells (Fritillaria recurva)


Viewpoint Mike Trail, Lost Creek Lake, OR, 4/2018.

Recognizably similar to its relatives in the Fritillaria  family, Checker Lily and Yellow Bells, and also known as “Scarlet Fritillary”, these seem to only grow in southern Oregon and northern California.  We stumbled upon these on a series of hikes around in Southern Oregon. It is not, however, the rare Gentner’s Fritillaria, the signature flower of Jacksonville, OR, whose petals have only a slight upturn, rather than the full backwards curve shape of this species (the source of the latin recurva).  Laura Gentner the daughter of a renowned entomologist living in the area, discovered the more rare plant in the 1940s, that was given their family name in 1951.


Viewpoint Mike Trail, Lost Creek Lake, OR, 4/2018.


Upper Table Rock, BLM Medford district, OR, 4/2018.

2 responses

  1. Mark McDonough

    Too close, and out of focus, more or less the same complaint. Stand back a bit, to see the whole plant, it’s a better diagnostic stance to do it that way. Bee’s-eye views are interesting but not overly useful

    May 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    • Replaced it with a slightly better photo. We weren’t entirely happy with any of the photos we took of these, but wanted to post them anyway, since we may not get down that way to see another anytime soon and thought these were really cool. We’re trying to include several views in every post to (hopefully) give a more complete view of the plant. We sometimes find that too wide a view can include too much debris and surrounding plants, which distract the focus from the flower and make the pictures less appealing. Its a delicate balance, and we’ll admit we often error on the side of the close-up.

      May 30, 2014 at 9:59 pm

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