Archive for May, 2010

Beckwith Violet ” “Viola beckwithii”

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Beckwith Violet  “Viola beckwithii”  Violet Family (Violaceae)  Perennial, plant 1-2″ inches tall, leaves divided into multiple segments, upper petals are purple and lower petals range from white to blue with yellow centers and purple markings.  Blooms in the spring in dry areas in Eastern OR.  Photo:  North of Burns, OR  5/30/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Desert Yellow Daisy “Erigeron linearis”

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Desert Yellow Daisy “Erigeron linearis” Aster Family (Asteraceae) Perennial, plant 4-10″ tall, basal leaves 1-3″ long, bright yellow ray flowers (20-40) and yellow disk flowers.  Blooms all summer in dry rocky soils in Eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  West of Alvord Lake in S.E. OR HWY  5/29/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Dwarf Lupine “Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii”

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Dwarf Lupine “Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii” Pea Family (Fabaceae) Perennial, plant 4-6″ tall, leaves silvery and hairy, flowers blue-purple with a white patch on the banner.  Blooming in summer at higher elevations throughout OR.   Photo:  West of the Alvord Desert in S.E. OR 5/29/2010 © Marvin Kellar

John Day Chaenactis “Chaenactus nevii”

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

John Day Chaenactis “Chaenactus nevii” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Annual, plant 4-10″ tall, leaves with dissected lobes, tubular  yellow disk flowers with the outer ring of ray flowers absent, pistils and stamens are extended.  Blooms in early summer on dry slopes from John Day Valley in OR to ID. Photo:  Painted Hills near Clarno, Or  5/15/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Golden Bee Plant “Cleome platycarpa”

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Golden Bee Plant “Cleome platycarpa” Caper Family (Capparaceae).  Annual, plant 1-3″ tall, flowers yellow and tightly clustered, long protruding pistils with oblong seed pods.  Blooms in late spring and early summer in alkaline soils in Eastern Oregon.  Photo: Painted Hills near John Day, Or. 5/15/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Tolmie’s Onion “Allium tolmiei”

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Tolmie’s Onion “Allium tolmiei” Lily Family (Liliaceae)  Perennial, bulb, plant 2-6″ tall, leaves flat sickle shaped, flowers many, petals white to pink with darker mid-vein.  Blooms in early summer in clay soils in Eastern Or & South-Eastern Wa.  Photo:  Painted Hills near Clarno, Or 5/15/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Crested Tongue Penstemon “Penstemon erianthus var. argillosus”

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Crested Tongue Penstemon “Penstemon erianthus var. argillosus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Perennial, plant 4-16″ tall, flowers lavender to blue or purple.  Variety “argillosus” may not have a “hairy tongue”.  Blooms late spring and early summer in dry open areas in north-central Oregon.  Photo:  Camp Hancock near Clarno, OR  5/15/2010 © Marvin Kellar.

Grand Hound’s Tongue “Cynoglossum grande”

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Grand Hound’s Tongue “Cynoglossum grande” Borage Family (Boraginaceae). Perennial, plant 2-3′ tall, flowers about 1/2″ across, bright blue with a raised collar of white around the throat, basal leaves 4-8″ long 1-3″ wide and prickly hairs on the lower surface, flowers in early spring along forest edge in the Oregon Cascades and westward.  Photo:  Jacksonville, OR,   4/18/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Red Bells “Fritillaria recurva”

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Red Bells “Fritillaria recurva” Lily Family “Liliaceae”,  Perennial bulb, Plant 1-3′ tall, leaves in whorls and alternate on the upper stem, flowers bell shaped with recurved scarlet petals.  Mid Spring in dry woods & shrubs in S.W. Or.   Photo:  Jacksonville, Or   4/18/2010  © Marvin Kellar