Category Archives: Wildflowers

Desert Gooseberry

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Leonard loves fruit pies. So when he noticed the desert gooseberries (Ribes velutinum) in the lanes between our pastures were ripe, he picked enough of the berries for a deep-dish pie – a feat in itself since desert gooseberries are … Continue reading

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Beach Saltbush

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A member of the Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae), beach saltbush (Atriplex leucophylla) inhabits beach dunes and other sandy areas along the coastal strand of California and Oregon below about 200 feet. Even though it occurs along the coast, this salt-tolerant, native … Continue reading

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Beargrass

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Populations of beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) do not bloom every year. Colonies often tend to flower in 5 to 7 year cycles. Beargrass is also a “survivor species”, capable of  surviving wildfires and are the first to sprout in scorched areas. … Continue reading

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Ladies’ Tresses

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In late July Leonard and I visited Ankeny National Wildlife Area near Salem OR. We planned a “bird hike” because this late in the season wildflowers are usually rather scarce. Much to my surprise we found three “new” wildflowers that … Continue reading

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Water Speedwell

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The classification of water speedwell is debated. There are at least 15 synonyms for this plant. Some taxonomists recognize each as a separate species, some combine certain species and retain others individually while many consider all to be a single … Continue reading

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Greater Bladderwort

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Greater bladderwort (Utricularia macrorhiza) is a free-floating aquatic plant. The stems, which can grow to three feet or more in length, do not have roots and float or are partially submerged in ponds, lakes and sluggish streams from low to … Continue reading

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Lemmon’s Onion

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Members of the Allium genus often look similar and are difficult to tell apart, often relying on such characteristics as the microscopic reticulations on the outer coat of the bulb to distinguish between species. I believe these specimens are Lemmon’s … Continue reading

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