A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

alpine/subalpine meadow

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…)


Hooded Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)

Eden Park Trail, Mt. Hood Wilderness, OR, 8/2016.

Eden Park Trail, Mt. Hood Wilderness, OR, 8/2016.

We stumbled across this fen of Ladies Tress orchids in the moist alpine meadows of Mt. Hood’s north side in late August. (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…)


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…)


Silky Phacelia (Phacelia sericea)

IMG_3238 (2).jpgUpper Royal Basin Trail, Olympic NP, 7/2016.

This is the most attractive phacelia we’ve encountered. (more…)


Annual Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

Hardy Ridge Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

Although native to the eastern US, this weed grows in moist, disturbed soils across the country.

 

 

The flower is very small, perhaps a centimeter or a bit more in diameter.


Rock Penny Cress (Thlaspi fendleri var. glaucum)

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

Silver Star Mountain, WA, 5/2015.

When the flowers are closed, it’d be easy to mistake this mustard family member for a clover of some sort.   (more…)


Hood’s Phlox (Phlox hoodi)

Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Dalles Mountain Road, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2014.

Phlox is Greek for “flame” (apparently named after a bright red variety). (more…)