A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Western Spring Beauty (Claytonia lanceolata)

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Cone Peak Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2017.

Spring Beauties are part of a group of plants sometimes called “spring ephemerals”, also including Blue-Eyed Grass, that harness the insulating properties of winter snowfall to send a shoot up from their underground bulb through the cold wet soil, during winter (more…)


Smooth Douglasia (Douglasia laevigata)

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Royal Lake Campground, Olympic NP, 7/2016.

Last July we found a single specimen (above) of this uncommon primrose peeking out from among the rocks near Royal Lake Campground.  One year later, and a few miles west, (more…)


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.   (more…)


Tweedy’s Lewisia (Lewisia tweedyi)

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Chiwaukum Creek Trail, Wenatchee NF, WA, 5/2017.

The largest member of the Lewisia family grows at low and mid-elevations almost exclusively in the Wenatchee Mountains in central Washington.  Frank Tweedy, a botanist with the US Geological Survey stumbled upon this beauty while working with the Northern Pacific Railway in 1882.   (more…)


Fringed Pinesap (Pleuricospora fimbriolata)

Table Rock Trail, Table Rock Wilderness, OR  8/2016.

Table Rock Trail, Table Rock Wilderness, OR 8/2016.

Easy to miss, and difficult to identify (more…)


Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

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Tubal Cain Trail, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017

We’ve only recently become aware of these attractive plants.   (more…)


Small-flowered Godetia (Clarkia purpurea)

Saddle Mountain Trail,  Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, OR, 6/2015.Saddle Mountain Trail, Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, OR, 6/2015.

 

Looking very much like its better know relative Farewell-to-spring (Clarkia amoena), (more…)


Columbia Lewisia (Lewisia columbiana)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2015.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

This member of the purslane family prefers rocky cliffs, making it difficult to get good close-ups of it without risking life and limb.   (more…)


Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale)

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

Near Eight-Dollar Mountain, Selma, OR, 4/2015.

In the same southern Oregon fen where we found the unusual pitcher plant, these amazing flowering shrubs were just beginning to bloom.   (more…)


Columbia Desert Parsley (Lomatium columbianum)

 

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Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail, WA, 4/2016.

Early spring Columbia Gorge hikers are treated to several varieties of lomatium, commonly known as desert parsley (more…)