A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

False Lily-of-the-valley (Maianthemum dilatatum)

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2014.

The parallel-veined, heart-shaped leaves are immediately recognized by anyone who has spent time in northwest woodlands.   They, along with Vanilla Leaf and Wood Sorrel often completely cover the floor of hemlock and Douglas fir forests at low and medium elevation.  The flowers, which appear in May (Maianthemum translates to “May flower”) are seen less frequently.  Each flower has 4 tiny petals; unusual in the lily family.  The berries that follow them are edible and were eaten by Native Americans.

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.

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