Chickweed Monkeyflower

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Previously I always put monkeyflowers into the genus, Mimulus, by default. However, as a result of recent DNA and other analyses most monkeyflowers are now classified in three other genera. It is difficult to remain up to date on all … Continue reading

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Henderson’s Shooting Star

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Another early spring wildflower found in early April on Lower Table Rock near Medford OR (Jackson County) is Henderson’s shooting star (Dodecatheon hendersonii). Some plant indices now classify D hendersonii as Primula hendersonii, while others retain the older designation. Since … Continue reading

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Table Rock Meadowfoam

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Exploring atop Lower Table Rock (Jackson County OR near Medford) in April, Leonard and I came upon what appeared to be meadowfoam flowers protected by wire cages. Nearby signage identified the plants as Table Rock meadowfoam (Limnanthes pumila ssp pumila). … Continue reading

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Dwarf Owl’s Clover

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Leonard and I also observed dwarf owl’s clover (Triphysaria pusilla) on the top of Lower Table Rock (near Medford OR) in April. This annual native was originally in the genus Orthocarpus and only recently was moved to Triphysaria. The genus … Continue reading

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Chinese Pagoda

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There are five Collinsia, also commonly called blue-eyed Mary, species on the Table Rocks. Collinsia grandiflora is commonly known as large-flowered blue eyed Mary or giant blue-eyed Mary. Chinese pagoda, another colloquial name for this species, appeals to me more … Continue reading

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Poverty Clover

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Last April Leonard and I spent some time at Lower Table Rock in the Rogue Valley near Medford Oregon. Along with Upper Table Rock, these geological features are thought to be remnants of a lava flow into the Rogue River … Continue reading

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Milkmaids

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Milkmaids (Cardamine californica) are one of the earliest wildflowers to bloom in the spring. Depending on location, this common member of the Mustard Family blooms as early as January and can be found into June. Late in the year it … Continue reading

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