A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Thin-petal Larkspur (Delphinium lineapetalum)

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Leavenworth Ski Hill, Wenatchee National Forest, 5/2017.

The monkshood we posted recently was named Aconitum delphinifolium, as its leaves resembled that of a delphinium, or Larkspur. At least a dozen larkspur species are found in the northwest, many of which contain delphinine, a toxic alkaloid that causes abdominal pain, nausea, and eventually death, not only in humans, but in cattle as well.  We found a smattering of these, both lavender and white, on the ski hill outside Leavenworth, WA.  This uncommon variety only grows in Washington, primarily in the Wenatchee Mountains where we found these.

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Leavenworth Ski Hill, Wenatchee National Forest, 5/2017.

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