A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

April

Columbia Desert Parsley (Lomatium columbianum)

 

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Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail, WA, 4/2016.

Early spring Columbia Gorge hikers are treated to several varieties of lomatium, commonly known as desert parsley (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…)


Great Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande)

Mitchell Point Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Mitchell Point Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 3/2015.

Not sure why both the genus name and the common name refer to a dog’s tongue (the leaves?). (more…)


Snow Queen (Synthyris reniformis)

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

There are nine species in the Synthyris genus.  Four appear in the Pacific Northwest.  Only two appear in the Columbia Gorge (more…)


Honesty (Lunaria annua)

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

Wahclella Falls Trail (Tanner Creek), Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

This non-native member of the mustard family appears sporadically across the U.S., but more often in Oregon and Washington.  (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.


Red Bells (Fritillaria recurva)

Lithia Park, Ashland, OR, 3/2014.

Lithia Park, Ashland, OR, 3/2014.

Recognizably similar to its relatives in the Fritillaria  family, Checker Lily and Yellow Bells, (more…)


Columbia Kittentails (Synthyris stellata)

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McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

This subspecies, stellata is endemic to the Columbia Gorge, and is one of the first flowers to bloom there every year.  A very similar relative missurica, also called “Mountain Kittentails” and “Tailed Kittentails”,  is found in Northeast Oregon, Southeast Washington, and Northwest Idaho.  (more…)


Fairy Lanterns (Disporum smithii)

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Silver Falls State Park, OR, 5/2014.

Sometimes called Smith’s Fairy Bells, these are closely related to Hooker’s Fairy Bells(more…)


Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica)

Seven-mile Hill, Columbia Gorge, OR, 2/2015.

Seven-mile Hill, Columbia Gorge, OR, 2/2015.

 

According to Ronald Taylor’s Sagebrush Country, the Latin fritillaria comes from fritill, which is Latin for “dice box” (more…)