A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Little Pipsissewa aka Little Prince’s Pine (Chimaphila menziesii)


Rooster Rock Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2019.

Both the common names refer to this plant resembling a smaller version of the common Pipsissewa (umbellata). We frequently recognize the foliage of these two siblings covering the woodland floor (along with twinflower), far more often than we find them flowering.

Little Pip is one of many plants named after Archibald Menzies (1754-1842), the naturalist aboard the HMS Discovery on the Vancouver Expedition.  Ross & Chambers (Wildflowers of the Western Cascades) spare us the embarrassment of mispronouncing the genus name, “kim-aff-illa”, around our botanist friends.  Chimaphila, incidentally,  translates roughly to “winter weather lover”.

Marmot Pass, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.
Cone Peak Trail, near Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Cone Peak Trail, near Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

This one goes out to Tara’s sister, who has her own four-wheeled “Little Pip.”

One response

  1. Tama

    thanks for the shout out for ‘little pips’! It’s a beautiful thing, where botany and British race cars meet…

    December 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

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