A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Archive for June, 2014

Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea coronaria)

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Like Bitterroot, by the time this plant blooms, the leaves are gone.  (more…)


Windflower (Anemone deltoidea)

Rainy Lake Road, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Rainy Lake Road, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

The genus name comes from the Greek anemos, meaning “wind”, so technically all anemones are “wind flowers,”  but this is the only western variety that is usually called by that name.  (more…)


Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes)

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.

Like other members of the waterleaf family, the stamens of the flowers extend beyond the corolla and the leaves are large and numerous, allowing them to collect moisture.  This species is also known as “Slender-stem Waterleaf.”   The Greek hydrophyllum is a direct translation of the common name.

Compare to the bluish  Ball-head Waterleaf.


Forktooth Ookow (Dichelostmma congestum)

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Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 6/2013.

This odd-named but common lily is also known as a “Ball-head Cluster Lily” and is sometimes called a Brodiaea.  (more…)


Inside-out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2014.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2014.

We had a hard time finding  much about these strange, tiny, woodland flowers, except that they resemble tiny badminton birdies, and resist being photographed.  (more…)


Hyacinth Cluster Lily (Triteleia hyacinthina)

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA  6/2013

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 6/2013.

Sometimes called “White Hyacinth”  and “Fool’s Onion”, this variety is similar to Triteleia howellii, but sports waxier petals and blooms later in the season.

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