Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cooley's Hedge-Nettle, Stachys cooleyae

With all of the snow currently on the ground, this picture taken last Summer seems quite foreign. Anyway, this member of the Mint family has striking purple flowers and grows to about 6 feet high.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Many-zoned Polypore, Trametes versicolor

These 1/2" wide fungi are setting up shop on the trunk of a small Cascara, Rhamnus purshiana.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Snowy bench

We have a bench in the front yard that is not quite level - the recent snowfall is sloooooooowly sliding off onto the ground.

Oxeye Daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare

This introduced species has edible leaves and a solitary flower at the end of each stem. This picture was taken in July.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


This isn't a flora picture either, but the 'cicles are alive and growing!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Water and Ice

I know this isn't a flora picture- that will have to wait until the weather improves. The air temperature is well below freezing and the water temperature of the creek by the house is near freezing as evidenced by this rock with the ice accumulating around the perimeter.
Same rock two days later.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rough Moss, Claopodium crispifolium

It is 21 degrees out and very windy -it was a race against time to see what was going to freeze first - me or my camera. The moss is growing on the trunk of a Big Leaf Maple, and it is quite possible that I have mis-identified the species. This may be my last post until it warms up a bit.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Common centaury, Centaurium erythraea

This nonnative has flowers that, especially with my poor eyesight, look similar to Deptford Pink - the second entry in this blog.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fan Moss, Rhizomnium glabrescens

Found this leafy moss growing on a log. This plant has leaves about 1/10" long and spore capsules on the end of tiny stalks.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cup lichen, Cladonia furcata

This lichen is similar to the Pixie Cups shown in my first blog entry. It is truly amazing to see the miniature world that is visible when you look closely at your surroundings.

Herb Robert , Geranium robertianum

After the recent wet, cold weather it was very surprising to find this 1/2" flower today.

I took another picture today (5-30-2010) with better light that really brings out the vibrant colors in the flower.
Buds that will be opening soon.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pelt Lichen, Peltigera sp.

There are quite a few members of the Peltigera family and I am unable to identify the specific species. The picture covers an area of about 1 square inch.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Western St. Johns-Wort, Hypericum formosum

The tiny purple dots around the perimeter of each petal are virtually invisible to the naked eye, but are readily seen in this closeup.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

White Bog Orchid, Bog Candle, Platanthera dilatata

These plants grow in moist areas and have very fragrant, closely spaced flowers along the length of the terminal spike.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Beard Lichen, Usnea sp.

This 1/2" tall lichen is growing on a Asian Pear tree. There are many species of Beard Lichen and I am unable to get more specific than the Usnea family. Note the tiny water droplet on the spider web in the upper left.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Yellow Monkey-Flower, Mimulus guttatus

Monkey-Flowers like it wet and are found along streams and weeping rock faces.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum

Groups of yellow, 1/2" flowers are found on top of this tall (to 3 feet) perennial.

The flora display is over and now it is time to make seeds.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

This flower is all too familiar with those trying to maintain a weed-free lawn!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Siberian Miners Lettuce, Claytonia sibirica

This native plant has edible leaves and 1/2" diameter flowers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Western Trillium, Trillium ovatum

Beautiful, three-petaled white flowers adorn this native Lily. The flowers appear early in the Spring and turn pink with age.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Juniper Haircap Moss, Polytrichum juniperinum

Looking like a 3/4" tall grove of trees, this moss looks similar to newly sprouted Western Red Cedars. The picture, below, shows a Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, with juvenile foliage, on the left and a Juniper Haircap Moss on the right.

This past weekend (5-7-2011) I found a patch of Juniper Haircap Moss growing under ideal conditions in the forest:

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lungwort Lichen, Lobaria pulmonaria

A gust of wind sent this 1" diameter Maple branch crashing to the ground and took this colorful lichen along for the ride

Oregon Iris, Iris tenax

Showy flowers make this one of my favorites.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Camas Lily, Camassia quamash

The flower spike of this plant can have many of the six-petaled flowers with bright yellow pollen open at the same time.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Deptford Pink, Dianthus armeria

This common, non-native plant has numerous 1/2" flowers and blooms late into Summer. It is named after Deptford, England and at a glance looks similar to Centaury which I will be adding to the blog at a later date.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Piggy-Back Plant, Tolmiea menziesii

This perennial likes moist shady spots and is found near the creek on our property. Here is what the flower buds look like - photo taken April 17, 2010

Fully formed flowers. This photo was taken in May, 2008

After the flowers have died back, capsules are full of tiny seeds for next year.  Photo taken June, 2016

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Stream Violet, Viola glabella

This pretty flower is found in shady, moist areas and is easy to overlook as it grows close to the ground.Recent rain showers this morning (4-17-10) left water drops on the petals.