Klamath Fawn Lily

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I originally thought these wildflowers growing in the open forest to the south of Howard Prairie Lake (Jackson County Oregon) in May were plainleaf fawn lilies (Erythronium purpurascens). But all the literature said the plainleaf fawn lily is endemic to … Continue reading

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Mountain Lady’s Slipper

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Last week Leonard and I were delighted to find a mountain lady’s slipper (Cypripedium montanum) along the PSEA Trail at Burney Falls State Park CA. This beautiful member of the Orchid Family is a rare and endangered species with numbers … Continue reading

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Squaw Apple

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Squaw apple (Peraphyllum ramosissimum) belongs to a monotypic genus, meaning that this native shrub is the only species in the genus Peraphyllum.   Growing up to ten feet in height and intricately banched, squaw apple is found in pine and … Continue reading

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Modoc Cypress

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Modoc cypress (Hysperocyparis bakeri) is a rare tree that grows in only a few isolated sites in northern California and southwest Oregon. The literature inventories nine small, scattered Modoc cypress populations at altitudes of 3,000 to 6,600 feet. Some of … Continue reading

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Firecracker Flower

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Leafing through wildflower identification guides I often see interesting plants and wonder if I will ever see them in the wild. Recently while hiking along the Chemise Peak Trail in Redding CA, Leonard and I discovered one of these “bucket … Continue reading

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Siskiyou Lewisia

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A native perennial found in Southwestern Oregon and Northern California, Siskiyou lewisia (Lewisia cotyledon) is a member of the Purselane Family. There are three varieties of Siskiyou lewisia, distinguished by their leaf margins. This variety with entire leaf margins, photographed … Continue reading

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Hawks Are Difficult

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I often find hawks difficult to identify. Color morphs, sex differences and age variations can confuse me, particularly when a hawk will not cooperate by remaining stationary. Usually when I see an interesting hawk I begin to snap photographs and … Continue reading

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