A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

barberry

Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla)

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Three Corner Rock Trail, Skamania County, WA, 5/2020.

It’s nearly impossible to hike in the Cascades without recognizing large drifts of this common plant in the understory, but nearly as rare is seeing it in bloom.  (more…)


Inside-out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2014.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2014.

We had a hard time finding  much about these strange, tiny, woodland flowers, except that they resemble tiny badminton birdies, and resist being photographed.  (more…)


Oregon Grape aka Barberry (Berberis aquifolium)

4/2013.  Ellowah Falls trail. Yeon State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR.

4/2013. Ellowah Falls trail.
Yeon State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR.

“Native Americans prized the root of the Oregon Grape.  It was boiled fresh for stomach problems and itchy eyes and used as a yellow basket dye.” — Janie Hibler:  The Berry Bible

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