A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Tall Silvercrown (Luina nardosmia)

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Leavenworth Ski Hill, Leavenworth, WA, 5/2017.

Variously called Luina or Cacaliopsis, this waist-high plain-looking plant’s  leaves resemble those of Coltsfoot, with flowers that look somewhat like a Rainiera. Upon close inspection, one finds this yellow composite flower actually consists of an exquisite bundle of tightly-packed tiny 5-petaled flowers.  Found in dry east-side open woods, we saw this supposedly uncommon plant in large numbers within weeks of each other near Mt. Hood (Tygh Creek) and north of Mt. Rainer (Leavenworth).

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Leavenworth Ski Hill, Leavenworth, WA, 5/2017.

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Tygh Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness Area, OR, 6/2017

 

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