A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Steer’s Head (Dicentra uniflora)

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Crescent Mountain Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2017.

To find these unique and delicate members of the  bleeding heart family, you  have to be looking for them.  We were thrilled to find a few specimens recently on Crescent Mountain, after nearly giving up searching for them the previous day on Iron Mountain and Cone Peak.  The flowers are small (around a half inch), and blend in with the background.  Each flower is on a separate stem from the interesting leaves, but most leaves we saw didn’t have an accompanying flower.  They grow in shaded, well-drained, south-west facing open slopes soon after lagging snow drifts have melted.  We’re still on the lookout for the related Dicentra pauciflora aka “Short-horned Steer’s head”.

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Crescent Mountain Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2017.

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One response

  1. Amazing! I’ve never seen anything like that.

    June 19, 2017 at 7:29 pm

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