A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Kalmiopsis (Kalmiopsis leachiana)

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Illinois River Trail,  Kalmiopsis Wilderness, OR, 3/2018.

It’s hard to believe that this plant was unknown until Portland botanist Lilla Leach and her husband discovered it in 1930 (more…)


Sidebells (Pyrola secunda)

Union Creek Trail,  William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Although perhaps the least showy of the pyrolas, the tell-tale curved stalk is endearing when repeated in a grouping, explaining it’s common name of sidebells or one-sided wintergreen.     (more…)


Wood Nymph (Moneses uniflora)

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Deer Mountain Trail, Ketchikan, AK, 7/2017.

Some books put this plant in the Pyrola (wintergreen) genus, while others give it it’s own: Moneses. (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…)


Yellow Mountain Heather (Phyllodoce glanduliflora)

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Horseshoe Basin, Pasayten Wilderness, WA, 7/2016.

We’ve only encountered this heather variety a handful of times;  (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…)


Copperbush (Elliottia pyroliflora)

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

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

We were shocked and disappointed that not one of our many wildflower guides featured this native flowering shrub. (more…)


Candy Stick (Allotropa virgata)

South Prairie Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 7/2014.

South Prairie Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 7/2014.

Sometimes called “Sugarstick” or “Barber’s Pole”; this is certainly one of the odder-looking plants we’ve come across.  (more…)


White Heather (Cassiope mertensiana)

Burnt Lake Trail, Mount Hood N.W., OR, 7/2013.

Burnt Lake Trail, Mount Hood N.W., OR, 7/2013.

The leaves of this low, alpine shrub are scale-like, reminiscent of evergreens such as cedars and cypresses, compared to the spruce-like needles of the pink and yellow heathers.  (more…)


Little Pipsissewa aka Little Prince’s Pine (Chimaphila menziesii)

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Rooster Rock Trail, Willamette National Forest, OR, 6/2019.

Both the common names refer to this plant resembling a smaller version of the common Pipsissewa (umbellata). (more…)