A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

April

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)

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Viewpoint Mike Trail, Lost Creek Lake, OR, 4/2018.

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…)


Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

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Starvation Creek Falls trail, Columbia Gorge, OR, 4/2014.

We’ve looked high and low for this unusual flower, and were ecstatic when we finally found a single specimen  right where Russ Jolley (Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge) said it would be, along the short trail to Starvation Creek Falls in early April, just a few steps from the parking lot. (more…)


Grass Widow (Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii)

Coyete Wall Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 3/2014.

Coyote Wall Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 3/2014.

A member of the Iris family, this is closely related to Blue-Eyed Grass.  (more…)


Small-flowered Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii)

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Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 6/2013.

The nickname comes from the flower head’s resemblance to the curled tuning head of a violin.  The bristle-like hairs that cover this plant can irritate the skin.  The tiny black nuts that are produced by each flower are said to be poisonous to cattle.

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