Archive for October, 2011

Scaly Pholiota “Pholiota squarrosa”

Monday, October 31st, 2011

img_2445Scaly Pholiota “Pholiota squarrosa”  Cap 2-4″ diameter, Stalk 2-5″ tall, rusty-brown and scaly, gills rusty- brown, spore prints rusty-brown, grows on logs and trees. Edibility: not recommended.  Photos: near Rainier, Or  10/28/2011 & 10/09/2006

Zeller’s Bolete “Boletus zelleri”

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Zeller’s Bolete “Boletus zelleri”  The stalk is 2–5″ tall, tan and yellow with red, The cap is 2-6″ in diameter, brown to black, wrinkled and convex to flat.  Pores are yellow and may turn blue when bruised.  Spores are a dark olive-brown.  Veil absent.  Photo: Near Rainier, OR.   Photos:  10/25/2011

Flat Top Agaricus ‘Agaricus praeclaresquamosus”

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

 Flat Top Agaricus” “Agaricus praeclaresquamosus” The stalk is 3 – 7″ tall and the cap is 2-10″ in diameter, the cap is broadly convex becoming flat over time and scaly, gills are a deep brown and not attached to stalk, a white skirt like veil is present on the stalk. Photo:  Near Rainier, OR.   Photos:  10/25/2011

The Wallowas

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The Wallowa Mountains in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in N.E. Oregon.  The tall structure in the foreground is used for hay storage.  The town of Halfway, OR is in the background.  Photo: 6/12/2006

Cornucopia, Oregon

Monday, October 17th, 2011

This is the northern view of the Eagle Cap Wilderness from Cornucopia, OR.  just north of Halfway, OR.  Gold was discovered here in 1884 and the town was established in 1886.  There are only remnants of the original mining town left today but there is now a lodge at the trailhead to service hikers that enter the wilderness area. Photo: 10/13/2011

Smooth Sumac “Rhus glabra”

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Smooth Sumac “Rhus glabra” Sumac Family (Anacardiaceae) Perennial shrub 3-15′ tall, green leaves divided with many leaflets and brilliantly scarlet in the fall , flowers are greenish-white on a 4-8″ cone, fruits are small red berries.  Found in dry areas near streams in the Cascade and Eastern OR and WA.  Photo:  Hells Canyon 10/13/2011

Trapper’s Gentian “Gentiana affinis”

Thursday, October 13th, 2011




Trapper’s Gentian “Gentiana affinis”   Gentian Family (Gentianaceae)  Perennial plant 4-24″ tall.  The flowers open up to a vase shape and are dark blue.  Blooms in late summer in wet areas in Eastern OR and WA and the Siskioyous.  Photo:  Near Hat Point in N.E. OR 9/07/2011  

Imnaha River Canyon

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Overlooking Imnaha River Canyon from the road to Hat Point in N.E. OR.   Photo: 9/05/2011

Naked Broomrape “Orobanche uniflora”

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Naked Broomrape “Orobanche uniflora” Broom-rape Family (Orobanchaceae).  Annual, root parasite, plant 3″ tall.  This parasitic plant has no leaves and it feeds on the roots of sedums, saxifrages and asters. Flowers orange to purple and occasionally white, Booms in the spring in throughout most of the Pacific Northwest.  Top Photo:  Hat Point 9/05/2011, 2nd Photo:  Deschutes River near Scherears Bridge 4/30/2011.  3d Photo: Rough and Ready Wayside near Cave Junction, OR. 4/19/2010  Bottom Photo:  Catherine Creek near Lyle.WA 3/30/2007

Harsh Paintbrush “Castilleja hispida”

Sunday, October 9th, 2011


Harsh Paintbrush “Castilleja hispida”  Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Perennial, plant 8-20″ tall, flowers green and tubular surrounded by brightly colored scarlet, orange or yellow bracts.  Blooms in summer from 1,000 to 5,000′ elevations in OR & WA.  Top Photo:  Hat Point, N.E. OR  and Bottom Photo:  Mt Rainier, WA.  7/27/2006