A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

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Large-flowered Collomia (Collomia grandiflora)

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Major Creek Road, Columbia Gorge, WA. 5/2017.

This small flower stands out for its unusual salmon color and contrasting blue pollen. It grows in dry sandy soils west of the Continental Divide. (more…)


Small-flowered Godetia (Clarkia purpurea)

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

 

Looking very much like its better know relative Farewell-to-spring (Clarkia amoena), (more…)


Meadow Checker Mallow (Sidalcea campestris)

Graham Oaks Nature Park, Wilsonville, OR, 6/2015.

Graham Oaks Nature Park, Wilsonville, OR, 6/2015.

There are four varieties of the Sidalicea genus common to the Pacific Northwest (more…)


Naked Broomrape (Orobanche uniflora var. purpurea)

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Look closely for these tiny flowers, but don’t expect to find any leaves.   (more…)


Yakima Milk-vetch (Astragalus reventiformis)

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

Yakima is the name of a group or tribe of Native Americans who live in Washington state.   (more…)


Upland Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum)

Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

If you’re seeing larkspur now (early spring) in the Northwest, chances are that it’s this variety.  Also called “Common Larkspur”. (more…)


Sicklepod Rockcress (Arabis sparsiflora)

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

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

Many books/botanists now classify this as Boechera sparsiflora.

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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…)


Dagger Pod (Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides)

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

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

Named after its dagger-like seedpods, this plant’s range extends north to southeast Washington, east to western Idaho and south to northeastern California and western Nevada, but always east of the Cascades and Sierras.  (more…)


Tomcat Clover (Trifolium willdenovii)

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

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

Also known as Sand Clover, it was formerly named  tridentatum.  Named after Carl Ludwig Willdenow (1765-1812), a German botanist.