Category Archives: Wildflowers

Silverleaf Lupine

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There are over 80 species of lupines (Lupinus) in California. Although it is not an infallible tool for identification, lupines in sagebrush and alpine areas where water is scarce are often dramatically silvered in soft, downy hairs, a environmental response … Continue reading

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Common Plantain

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Herbalists, both modern and ancient, attribute many medicinal uses to common plantain (Plantago major). It seems as though almost every ailment can be treated with concoctions of this plant with a worldwide distribution. Common plantain contains, among other compounds, acubin … Continue reading

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Adaptation to Copper

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Heavy metals such as zinc, lead and copper interfere with an organisms normal functioning by attaching themselves to proteins and DNA. Heavy metals are rare under natural conditions, so most plants and animals have never adapted to them and thus … Continue reading

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Micranthes integrifolia

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In the oak savannah at the base of Lower Table Rock near Medford OR (Jackson County) Micranthes integrifolia grows in profusion. This member of the Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae) has many colloquial names including northwestern saxifrage, smooth-leaved saxifrage, grassland saxifrage and … Continue reading

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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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