A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

August

Northern Monkshood (Aconitum delphinifolium)

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Lower Dewey Lake, Skagway, AK, 7/2017.

We’re posting this Northern Monkshood, found on the westside flower garden bordering Lower Dewey lake above Skagway, Alaska this summer, even though we’ve notyet posted the more common western columbianum.   (more…)

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Sidebells (Pyrola secunda)

Union Creek Trail,  William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Although perhaps the least showy of the pyrolas, the tell-tale curved stalk is endearing when repeated in a grouping, explaining it’s common name of sidebells or one-sided wintergreen.     (more…)


Wood Nymph (Moneses uniflora)

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Deer Mountain Trail, Ketchikan, AK, 7/2017.

Some books put this plant in the Pyrola (wintergreen) genus, while others give it it’s own: Moneses. (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…)


Fragrant Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata)

Hebo Lake State Park, OR, 6/2015.

Hebo Lake State Park, OR, 6/2015.

There are two species of water lily commonly found in northwest lakes and ponds:  the previously posted, and native yellow variety, Nuphar polysepalum, and this showier non-native.   (more…)


Cliff Paintbrush (Castilleja rupicola)

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

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

This is one of the easier paintbrush varieties to identify (more…)


Coneflower (Rudbeckia occidentalis)

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Also called “Western Cone Flower” and “Western Chocolate Cone”.   A yellow variety occurs in southern Oregon and northern California.  The purple/brown cones turn black and grow larger as they age.


Mountain Owl’s Clover (Orthocarpus imbicatus)

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

None of the three different groups of flowers called “owl’s clover” are actually clovers.  (more…)


Rainiera aka Tounge-Leaf Luina (Rainiera Stricta)

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Union Creek Trail, William O. Douglas Wilderness, WA, 7/2014.

Stricta, once thought to be a member of the closely related luina (pronounced ‘lew-eye-na’) genus, is now the sole member of the Rainiera genus.  (more…)


Silvery Raillardella (Raillardella argentea)

Collier Cone, Three Sisters Wilderness, OR, 8/2013.

Collier Cone, Three Sisters Wilderness, OR, 8/2013.

According to Turner & Gustafson (Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest), this groundsel relative is found mostly in California, and is rare in central and southern Oregon.  (more…)