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Snowbank Orange Peel Fungus

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One of the earliest spring mushrooms is the snowbank orange peel fungus (Caloscypha fulgens).¬†When growing at higher elevations, it is often found near melting snowbanks. These snowbank orange peel fungi were growing along the Castle Crest Trail at Crater Lake … Continue reading

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Coevolution

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Coevolution occurs when two or more species interact so that the evolution of both is affected by the selective pressure each exerts on the other. Mutualism is when the interaction of two species contributes essential benefits to the other. Mutualism … Continue reading

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California Butterwort

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California butterwort (Pinguicula macroceras) is a carnivorous or “insect eating” plant. It is found in fens, bogs, swamps, mossy seeps, rocky drip faces and moist serpentine banks – habitats with low available nitrogen – in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, … Continue reading

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Nettleleaf Horsemint

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A member of the Mint Family, nettleleaf horsemint (Agastache urticifolia) is found below 9,000 feet west of the Rocky Mountains and in British Columbia. It occupies a variety of habitats but is mostly found on open slopes in montane coniferous … Continue reading

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Western Pasqueflower

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Western pasqueflowers (Anemone occidentalis) bloom very early in the spring, right after the snow leaves the ground. The blooms occur before the leaves are completely exposed and while the plant is only 2 to 8 inches in height. It is … Continue reading

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Clodius Parnassian

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Last week Leonard and I saw many clodius parnassian (Parnassius clodius) butterflies at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. These specimens were observed along the Castle Crest and Garfield Peak Trails. The wing patterns of clodius parnassians are quite variable. … Continue reading

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Lace Lip Fern

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The lace lip fern (Myriopteris gracillima) was known as Cheilanthes gracillima until recently. The taxonomy of Cheilanthes is very complex. On the basis of new phylogenic analysis Amanda Grusz and Michael Windham in 2013 proposed separating 47 Cheilanthes species from … Continue reading

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