Archive for June, 2011

Thick-leaved-Thelypodium”Thelypodium laciniatum”

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Thick-leaved Thelypodium “Thelypodium laciniatum” Mustard Family (Brassicaceae)  Biennial, plant 2-6′ tall, leaves mostly basal, flowers white to violet and dense along a 1-1.5′ stem, seed pods narrow and 2-6″ long.  Blooms summer in dry rocky areas in Eastern OR & WA. Top Photo:  Smith Rocks near Redmond, OR  6/14/2011 and Bottom Photo:  along the Deschutes River near Shearers Bridge in Central OR 6/16/2010

Wavy-leaved Paintbrush “Castilleja applegatei”

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Wavy-leaved Paintbrush “Castilleja applegatei”  Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae)  Perennial, plant 12-24″ tall, bracts red-orange to yellow, green tubular flowers extend beyond bracts, leaves wavy. Blooms late spring in sagebrush or open woods in Eastern OR & Southwestern OR.  Photo:  Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR 6/13/2011

White Mule’s Ear “Wyethia helianthoides”

Monday, June 27th, 2011

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White Mule’s Ears “Wyethia helianthoides”  Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Perennial, plant 1-2″ tall, leaves 10-15″ long, flowers approx 3″ in diameter with numerous yellow disk flowers surrounded by white ray flowers.  Blooms in late spring in damp shrub lands in Eastern OR.  Top Photo:  Big Summit Prairie  northeast of Prineville, OR 6/13/2011 and Bottom Photo:  Big Summit Prairie 6/16/2008

Northern Mule Ears “Wyethia amplexicaulis

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

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Northern Mule Ears “Wyethia amplexicaulis Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Perennial, plant 1-2″ tall, leaves 10-15″ long, flowers approx 3” in diameter with numerous yellow disk flowers surrounded by golden yellow ray flowers. The pale yellow flower is thought to be a cross between the white flowered and the golden flowered Wyethias.  Blooms in late spring in damp shrub lands in Eastern OR. Top Photo: Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR  6/13/2011.  Mid & lower 6-17-2008

Grass Widow “Olsynium douglasii var inflatum”

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

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Grass Widow “Olsynium douglasii var inflatum”  Iris Family (Iridaceae). Perennial, plants 6-12″ tall, flowers lavender, occasionally magenta or white, 3/4-1″ diameter, blooms in early spring in moist open areas that dry out in summer.  This variety is enlarged at the base of the filament and the tips of the petals are pointed.  Widespread in Eastern OR & WA and in S.W. OR.   Upper Photo:   Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR 6/13/2001  Lower Photo: Mt Emily near La Grande, OR 5/28/2006

Broadleaf Bluebells “Mertensia ciliata”

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


Broadleaf Bluebells “Mertensia Ciliata” Borage Family (Boraginaceae) Perennial, plant 2-8″ tall, flowers blue fading to pink with age, petals form a flared tube.  Blooms early spring at lower and mid-elevations in Eastern OR and WA. Photo: Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR 6/13/2011

Cusick’s paintbrush “Castilleja cusickii”

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Cusick’s paintbrush “Castilleja cusickii” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae)  Perennial, plant 6″ to 18″ tall, flowers whitish in amongst the bracts and sepals.  Blooms in early summer in meadows in the mountains of Eastern OR & WA.  Photo;  Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR 6/13/2011

Foothill Death Camas “Zigadenus paniculatus”

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Foothill Death Camas “Zigadenus paniculatus” Lily Family (Liliaceae) Perennial, plant 1-2 feet tall, leaves grass-like, flowers white with elongated stamens.  Blooms spring in dry foothills among sagebrush and forest in dry foothills. This plant is poisonous.  Photo:  Big Summit Prairie in Central, OR 6/13/2011

Western Juniper “Juniperus occidentallis”

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Western Juniper “Juniperus occidentallis” Cypress Family (Cupressaceae).  Evergreen tree up to 60′ tall and may be 1,500 years old.  Leaves are small blue-green scales dotted with resin on the back sides. The female cones are blue, resemble berries and are less than 1/3″ inch in diam,  (Used to flavor gin.)   Found in dry areas of Eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Oregon Badlands near Bend, OR 6/08/2011.

Mule Deer “Odocoileus hemionus hemionus”

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Mule Deer “Odocoileus hemionus hemionus”  Two bucks and a doe standing in the river trying to make up their minds which way to go.  Photo:  Deschuttes River near Shearer’s Bridge 6/08/2011