Tall Silvercrown (Luina nardosmia)
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).