Archive for February, 2012

Oregon Anemone “Anemone oregana”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Oregon anemone “Anemone oregana” Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae). Perennial, plant 3-12″ high, leaves 3 lobed, 5 petal like sepals are white, blue or lavender, pistils 15-25, stamens 30-60. Mountain forests of OR & WA.  Photo: Shearer’s Bridge Hwy. in Central OR  5/11/2005

Western Blue Violet “Viola adunca”

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Western Blue Violet “Viola adunca” Violet Family (Violaceae).  Perennial plant approx 4″ tall, flowers blue to violet with white beards and hooked spur.  Blooms mid-spring in damp meadows throughout OR & WA.   Photo:  Mt Emily near La Grande, OR. 6/13/2007

Ensatina “Ensatina eschscholtzii”

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

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Ensatina “Ensatina eschscholtzii”  Fully terrestrial salamander and their eggs are laid in burrows. Indented band around the base of the tail is where it breaks off if seized by a predator.  Found in moist forests habitats from the Cascade Mountains west to the coast in OR. & WA.   Upper photo:  Golden Falls west of Coos Bay, OR 4/20/2010 and Lower photo:  Near Rainier, OR. 10/29/2006

Douglas’ Monkey Flower “Mimulus douglasii”

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Douglas’ Monkey Flower “Mimulus douglasii” Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae). Annual, 1-4 inches tall and it is so dark and small that it is easily overlooked. Siskiyou Mtns. S.W. OR. Similar to the Dwarf Monkey Flower “Mimulus nana” which grows in N.E. OR. The main difference is that douglasiia has a “weak chin”. Both grow in serpentine soil (dark greenish rock high in magnesium and low in sodium and potassium) extruded up from the ocean floor eons ago.  Photo:  Rough & Ready Creek S.W of Cave Junction, Or.  4/18/2010

Hall’s Violet “Viola hallii”

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Hall’s Violet “Viola hallii”  Violet Family (Violaceae)  Perrenial, plant 3-9″ tall, leaves divided into many segments, flowers have purple upper petals and yellow to white lower petals.  Blooms in the spring in rocky areas in S.W. Oregon.  Photo:  Rough and Ready Wayside near Cave Junction, OR. 4/18/2010

Snow Queen “Synthyris reniformis”

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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Snow Queen “Synthyris reniformis” Snapdragon Family ” (Scrophulariaceae).  Perennial, Plant 2-6″ tall, leaves heart shaped and lobed, flowers in terminal clusters and violet to blue.  Early spring at the edge of wooded areas in Western OR & WA  Photo: Little River near Glide, OR.  4/11/2005