Archive for May, 2013
Pitcher Plant or Cobra Lily “Darlingtonia californica” Pitcher-Plant Family (Sarraceniaceae). Perennial, rhizome, 8-24″ tall, tubular leaves lined with stiff downward pointing hairs, 2″ purple flowers look like little hanging lanterns. Bogs and seepage areas in S.W. OR and along the OR Coast. Insects get trapped in the leaves and end up staying for dinner. Top Photo: Baby Foot Lake Rd 5/16/213, Middle Photo: Darlingtonia Trail on Hwy 199 S.W. of Cave Junction, OR 5/25/2012 and Bottom Photo: 4/28/2007
Acorn Woodpecker “Melanerpes formicivorus” Length 9 inches, wingspan 18 inches and weight 2.8 ounces. These birds live in colonies west of the cascades in OR and CA. They store acorns in trees and telephone poles and they protect them from intruders. Photo: Rough and Ready Wayside near Junction City, OR. 5/16/2013.
California Ground Cone “Boschniakia strobilacea” Broom Rape Family (Orobranchaceae). Cone-like cluster of flowers and bracts that are 3-7″ tall. Flowers are purple and they poke out between the bracts. This plant is parasitic on the roots of Manzanita (Arctostaphylos species) and the Pacific Madrone “Arbutus menziesii”. These plants lack chlorophyl. Blooms early summer in open areas in S.W. OR. Photo: Jacksonville, OR 5/14/2013