A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Baneberry (Actaea rubra)

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

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

This member of the buttercup family is seen at all elevations across most of the the Northeast, North-central, and Western U.S. One might easily mistake it for the similarly-named False Bugbane.  As the name suggests, however, this plant is the bane of more than just bugs.  Along with every part of the plant, its shiny, bright-red (and sometimes white) berries are extremely poisonous.  Robert Ross says, in Wildflowers of the Western Cascades, that consuming 2 or 3 of them may be enough to kill a small child.  We don’t think too many people would mistakenly try the strange looking berrries below.

Cape Horn Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 7/2014.

Cape Horn Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 7/2014.

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