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. . . or Spring Gold

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Another bright yellow wildflower that forms large masses of flowers atop Lower Table Rock near Medford Or (Jackson County) in the spring is spring gold (Crocidium multicaule). Like California goldfields (Lasthenia californica), spring gold is usually a small plant. Both … Continue reading

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California Goldfields

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In April, portions of the meadow areas atop Lower Table Rock near Medford OR (Jackson County) were carpeted in yellow flowers – California goldfields (Lasthenia californica). It was a spectacular sight. California goldfields are annual members of the Sunflower Family … Continue reading

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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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