A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Posts tagged “Olympic National Park

Olympic Mountain Aster (Aster paucicapitatus)

Olympic National Forest, WA 8/2020.

Aster is Greek for “star”. Fields of these mixed with purple Thistles (Cirsium edule) graced our hike up Mt. Ellinor this summer, where the flowers, not the views (hidden by fog), were the main event.

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Piper’s Bellflower (Campanula piperi)

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Olympic National Forest, WA, 8/2020.

A long car ride followed by a steep and crowded trail were suddenly made worthwhile when we spotted these endemic bellflowers growing in-between the rocks (more…)


Elmera (Elmera racemosa)

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Mt. Ellinor trail, Olympic National Forest, WA, 8/2020.

We often see these spikes of cream-colored bells on rocky peaks and ridges.  (more…)


American Sawwort (Saussurea americana)

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Home Sweet Home, Olympic National Park, WA, 8/2018.

If ever one needs a reminder that flowers exist to attract pollinators rather than for  human enjoyment, look no further than the homely sawwort.  (more…)


Western False Asphodel (Tofieldia glutinosa)

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Along the banks of Royal Lake, Olympic N.P., WA, 7/2016.

We’ve probably mistaken these for Death Camas, Bistort, or Valerian on many occasions. (more…)


Clasping Leaf Twisted-stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius)

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Royal Basin trail, Olympic National Park, 7/2016.

This is the most common of the 3 twisted-stalks in our region.  (more…)


Sitka Mistmaiden (Romanzoffia sitchensis)

 

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Mary’s Peak, Siuslaw National Forest, 6/2016.

The common name “mistmaiden” is surely appropriate for these delightful flowers. (more…)


Elegant Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium elegans)

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Marmot Pass, Buckhorn Wilderness, 7/2017.

We found this version of Jacob’s Ladder in the stark, rocky, alpine zone of Marmot Pass at the eastern edge of the Olympic Mountains, along with phlox, cutleaf fleabane (see third photo), and moss campion. (more…)


Tufted Saxifrage (Saxifraga caespitosa)

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Marmot Pass, Buckhorn Wilderness, 7/2017.

Nearly twenty species of saxifraga occur in the pacific northwest, and up until now, we’ve only posted three!   (more…)


Cutleaf Fleabane (Erigeron compositus)

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Marmot Pass, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.

These pretty daisies were among many flowers blooming on Marmot Pass during our July visit. (more…)


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…)


Flett’s Violet (Viola flettii)

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Buckhorn Peak Trail, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.

These lovely flowers are endemic to the Olympic Mountains.   (more…)


Silky Phacelia (Phacelia sericea)

IMG_3238 (2).jpgUpper Royal Basin Trail, Olympic NP, 7/2016.

This is the most attractive phacelia we’ve encountered. (more…)


Moss Campion (Silene acaulis)

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Tubal Cain Trail, Buckhorn Wilderness, WA, 7/2017.

These classic cushion shaped plants dot the open, gravelly, mountain tops of the Pacific Northwest.   (more…)


Broad-leaf Lupine (Lupinus latifolius)

Lost Pass, Olympic NP. 8/2010.

All Lupines share the easily identifiable palmate leaf. Particular lupine species are notoriously difficult to identify.    (more…)


Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)

Olympic NP woodlands. 8/2010.

These paired, delicate,  trumpet-shaped flowers are a  personal favorite of ours as well as  Swedish scientist Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778),  father of modern plant and animal nomenclature (he developed the binomial system of using two Latin names to designate the genus and species) for whom they are named.  Linnaeus was so taken with the flowers, he incorporated them into his family crest.

The runners of this trailing evergreen cover the forest floor, and are often found growing from decomposing logs and moss-covered stumps.  Kootenay Indians made tea from its leaves.


Prince’s Pine aka Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Olympic NP Forest. 8/2010.

Indians and early settlers used this plant to relieve rheumatism and skin irritations.  (more…)


Elephant Head (Pedicularis groenlandica)

Cameron Basin, Olympic NP, WA, 8/2010.

This plant likes the same marshy meadows that mosquitoes love, and it’s rare to see it without hearing their annoying buzz.  The Latin would have one believe that it is prevalent in Greenland.

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