A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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.  We see them a lot on early summer hikes in forested sections of the west Gorge.  A yellow flowered relative, chrysantha, grows in southern Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains.  The genus name honors Captain George Vancouver (1757-1798) the British Naval Officer and explorer who sailed with Captain Cook and whom the Canadian and Washington cities are named after.

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

 

 

 

 

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3 responses

  1. A Wandering Soul

    I was hiking Hamilton Mountain this weekend too! Maybe we saw one another. 😀

    June 9, 2014 at 7:33 am

  2. Gary Ballou

    These flowers are one of my favorite trailside wildflowers and bring back one of my fondest field guide memories! I remember the day, long ago, when I was hiking in the Gorge and we came across these odd-shaped flowers. Lacking any camera or flower guides all we could do was carefully estimate size and characteristics, then try to remember all the nuances until we could ask our botanist friend a week or so later. After we told her they “looked sort of like flowers they were inside out,” she went to work in her college level taxonomy guides. A few days later she told me her best guess these flowers that looked inside out were called… ta dah… Inside Out Flowers!

    June 16, 2014 at 6:57 am

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