A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Posts tagged “Red Earth Trail

Broad-Leaved Arnica (Arnica latifolia)

Wind Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2015.

Wind Mountain Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA, 5/2015.

Arnicas can be distinguished from Groundsels (senecios) by their paired opposite leaves. (more…)

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Black-tipped Groundsel (Senecio lugens)

Red Earth Trail, Banff N.P., Alberta, Canada, 7/2011.

According to Scotter & Flygare’s Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies, the black-tipped bracts “were considered by the Inuit to be a sign of mourning for a band of unsuspecting Inuit massacred in 1771 by Indian warriors who accompanied the explorer Samuel Hearne on his expedition to the Arctic Coast.  Sir John Richardson first collected this plant near the massacre site, Bloody Falls, on the Coppermine River and named it lugens from the latin word ‘to mourn’.”


Fool’s Huckleberry aka False Azalea (Menziesia ferruginea)

Red Earth Trail, Banff N.P., Alberta, Canada 7/2011.

As the common name suggests, the fruits are not edible.  The latin name comes from Archibald Menzies, a surgeon and naturalist with Vancouver’s Pacific Coast expedition (1790-95), an early botanist of pacific northwest plants.