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…)

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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…)


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…)


Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

Bridalveil Falls State Park, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2015.

This prevalent plant’s common name refers to its alleged nourishment for miners living in the wilds, far from civilization. (more…)


Bitter Root (Lewisia rediviva)

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

Easy to miss, the early spring Bitter root appears to survive with little  support. (more…)


Siberian Miner’s Lettuce aka Candy Flower (Claytonia sibirica)

Elk Meadows, Mt. Hood W.A., 7/2012.

Named after the California gold-miners who ate it to stave off scurvy. (more…)


Heartleaf Spring Beauty (Claytonia cordifolia)

Mt. Rainier N.P., WA.  8/2011.

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Mount Hood Pussy Paws (Cystanthe umbellata)

Paradise Park, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

Paradise Park, Mount Hood N.F., OR, 7/2013.

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Quill-leaved Lewisia (Lewisia leana)

Strawberry Mountains NWA., OR, 8/2008.

Compare to Cliff Maids aka Siskiyou Lewisia.


Cliff Maids aka Siskiyou Lewisia (Lewisia Cotyledon)

Marble Mountains, CA. 8/2005.

Compare to Quil-leaved Lewisia.