A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Columbia Gorge West

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…)


Fringed Pinesap (Pleuricospora fimbriolata)

Table Rock Trail, Table Rock Wilderness, OR  8/2016.

Table Rock Trail, Table Rock Wilderness, OR 8/2016.

Easy to miss, and difficult to identify (more…)


Columbia Lewisia (Lewisia columbiana)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2015.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

This member of the purslane family prefers rocky cliffs, making it difficult to get good close-ups of it without risking life and limb.   (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…)


Mertens’ Coral Root (Corallorrhiza mertensiana)

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Iron Mountain, OR, 7/2014.

Much like Spotted Coral Root, only without the spots, this plant is sometime called “Western Coral Root”.   (more…)


Scouler’s Bluebell (Campanula scouleri)

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA,  6/2015.

Hamilton Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 6/2015.

This small, unassuming woodland flower does not immediately seem similar to its more common relative, rotundiflora. (more…)


Tooth-leaved Monkey Flower (Mimulus dentatus)

St. Perpetua Trail, Cape Perpetua State Park, OR, 5/2015.

St. Perpetua Trail, Cape Perpetua State Park, OR, 5/2015.

We’ve been seeing a lot of these on recent hikes–both in the gorge and on the coast. (more…)


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…)


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…)