A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Posts tagged “Olympic National Park

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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