Archive for December, 2011
Western Hazelnut “Corylus cornuta var. californica” Birch Family (Betulaceae), Perennial, shrub 10-15′ tall, conspicuous clusters of 2-3″ long catkins contain the male flowers, the relatively inconspicuous female flowers are about 1/2″ long and have deep red stigmas (pollen receptors) producing 1/2″ long nuts. The nuts are edible if you can pick then before the squirrels and jays get to them. Blooms in early spring in the woods and thickets west of the Cascades. Photo: Near Clatskanie, OR. 3/14/2007
Roads End State Recreation Area is just north of nearby Lincoln City, OR. This beach is part of the Westwind YWCA Camp and reachable only by boat, The Salmon River separates the camp from Cascade Head to the north. Photo: Facing south from the summit of Cascade Head 8/20/2010.
Narrow Leaved Collomia “Collomia linearis” Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae). Annual, plant to 18″ tall, leaves lance shape to 3″ long, flowers clustered on top and white to pink to bluish. Blooms in midsummer in dry open areas primarily in the Cascades and East in OR & WA. Photo: Painted Hills near John Day, OR. 6/18/2008