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…)


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…)


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…)


Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor)

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

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Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

The edible berries of this shrub vary in taste.  (more…)


Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea coronaria)

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Near Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, OR, 6/2014.

Like Bitterroot, by the time this plant blooms, the leaves are gone.  (more…)


Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

Common in the dry, western, low-elevation Cascades, this shrub is said to have been a favorite of famed botanist David Douglas.  (more…)


Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013.

Also known as “Saskatoon berry”, “juneberry”, and  “shadberry.”  (more…)


Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2013.

Silver Star Mountain, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2013.

The name is a Native American word meaning “something to smoke,”  referring to their use of the dried  leaves of this plant, sometimes mixed with tobacco.  (more…)


Yellow Water Lily (Nuphar polysepalum)

Burnt Lake, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

Burnt Lake, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

Like some other water plants (including rice) the water lily gives off alcohol instead of carbon dioxide.

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