Category Archives: Wildflowers

Cutleaf Beach Bur

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In late October when Leonard and I visited the Oregon and California Coasts, we were surprised at the number of wildflowers still in bloom. Cutleaf beach bur (Ambrosia chamissonis) was one of these late flowers at Chrissy Field State Park … Continue reading

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Sitka Valerian

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Sitka valerian (Valeriana sitchensis) grows in mountain meadows, along stream banks and in open subalpine forests from mid to, more usually, high elevations in Alaska, Western Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana.. The subalpine meadows where Sitka valerian is … Continue reading

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Cotton Grass

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Last May Leonard and I discovered what we thought was a member of the Sedge Family growing in a boggy area just west of the covered bridge on Howland Hill Road near the boundary of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park … Continue reading

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Q tips

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The inflorescences of Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) members are called heads. Heads are complex and consist of many flowers situated on a receptacle and surrounded by involucral bracts called phyllaries. Each individual flower on the head may be surrounded by papery … Continue reading

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Pacific Rhododendron

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The genus Rhododendron contains over 800 tree and shrub species worldwide. Of these, 21 are native to North America and 2 are native to California. In my last post, “Western Azalea” on 09-28-18, I discussed a Rhododendron native to California. … Continue reading

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Western Azalea

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Western azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) is an erect, multi-stemmed, loosely branched shrub that grows up to 10 feet in height. A native member of the Heath Family, western azalea grows in the moist coniferous forests of California and Oregon up to … Continue reading

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Bull Elephants Head

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Leonard and I often plan hikes around specific wildflowers or some other natural history topic. As often as not we do not find our “quest”, but there is always something interesting. Bull elephants head (Pedicularis groenlandica) was our objective on … Continue reading

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