Trip to Spokane

6 August 2014 – Wild Cactus Discovered in Spokane County

6 August 2014 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

Today while driving out of town (Spokane) I spotted something that looked out of place off to the left. It was several clumps of orangish colored vegetation on a basalt rock outcropping. No way! It looked like it could be cactus. But cactus is not supposed to be wild in Spokane… Okay, I parked the […]

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5 August 2014 – Wooly leaf lupine

5 August 2014 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

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6 April 2013 – Giant White Wakerobin

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Giant White Wakerobin (Trillium albidum J.D. Freeman) is member of the Melanthiaceae (Bunchflower Family) that is endemic to a limited area of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. It is found in mixed wood and coniferous forests at elevations up to 6,000 feet.   The plants occur singly or in large clumps and are between […]

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6 April 2013 – Licorice Fern Growing on Moss-covered Bigleaf Maples

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

One of the most fascinating things about the Bellevue Botanical Garden were the Licorice Ferns (Polypodium glycyrrhiza D.C. Eaton) growing on trees. It seems to prefer the Bigleaf Maple, like the ones I took pictures of here. It is an evergreen fern that is endemic to Western North America from Alaska and the Yukon on […]

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6 April 2013 – Trillium-leaved Woodsorrel

6 April 2013 Botany Bill JournalNon-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Trillium-leaved Woodsorrel (Oxalis trilliifolia Hook.) is one of three endemic woodsorrels found in the Pacific Northwest. It naturally occurs west of the Cascade Crest in Washington, Oregon, and California. There are a few outlying populations in Eastern Oregon. It is an early summer blooming perennial that typically grows to 5 to 10 inches in […]

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6 April 2013 – Chain Gutter Downspout at Bellevue Botanical Garden

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

I have not seen a chain gutter downspout before. I thought this one at the Tateuchi Viewing Pavilion in the Bellevue Botanical Garden was cool-looking. A couple of the pictures turned out okay, but the doggone camera thought it was going to be smart and it focused on the background. So the pictures are fuzzy. […]

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6 April 2013 – Giant Purple Wakerobin

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Giant Purple Wakerobin (Trillium kurabayashii J.D. Freeman) is a rare plant that is endemic to the coastal areas of Southeast Oregon and extreme Northwest California. They can form large colonies. These pictures were taken in the Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Bellevue, Washington on 6 April 2013.   The plants are from 8 to 28 inches […]

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6 April 2013 – Long-tailed Ginger

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Long-tailed Ginger (Asarum caudatum Lindl.) is a mat-forming evergreen plant that grow  in moist places on forest floors. It  naturally occurs in two separate regions in the Pacific Northwest. One region is west of the Cascade crest from SW British Columbia to NW California, and the other region is in the interior and runs […]

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6 April 2013 – Moss-covered Trees

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

In the tradition of Western Washington, a larger number of the trees growing in the Bellevue Botanical Garden were covered with moss and lichens. The mild climate and relatively heavy rainfall makes for healthy moss growing conditions. As thick as the moss was in Bellevue, it is even thicker in the temperate rain forest on […]

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6 April 2013 – Western Oakfern

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Western Oakfern (Gymnocarpium dryopteris (L.) Newman), also called the Common Oak Fern or Northern Oak Fern is a fern of the family Polypodiaceae. Its natural range is widespread and circumboreal, occurring throughout Canada, Alaska, the Northern two tiers of states in the USA as well as the Rocky Mountain States. It also occurs in […]

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6 April 2013 – Oregon Grape

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium (Pursh) Nutt.) is a flowering evergreen shrub in the Barberry Family (Berberidaceae) that is native to Western North America. It can become naturalized outside of its typical range if conditions are acceptable. In some places the plant is considered to be an exotic invasive. It is the State Flower of […]

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6 April 2013 – American Skunk Cabbage

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

Along the path in the Nature Discovery area of the Bellevue Botanical Garden in the wet areas next to a pond, we spotted some American Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus Hultén & H. St. John). This member of the Arum Family (Araceae) naturally grows In Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and California. It locally […]

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6 April 2013 – Apple Serviceberry

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

Near the entrance to the Bellevue Botanical Garden we spotted some Apple  Serviceberry (Amelanchier X grandiflora) in full bloom. I did some research and according to numerous sources, this is a hybrid of between is a cross between Amelanchier arborea and Amelanchier laevis. However, the USDA plant profile site lists the Amelanchier X grandiflora as […]

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6 April 2013 – Bigleaf Maple

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum Pursh) has the largest leaf of any maple in the world, up to 24 inches across. It naturally occurs in the coastal areas from the extreme southern tip of the Alaskan Panhandle to Southern California. There are sizable populations in the Sierra Nevada Range and a tiny population in Idaho […]

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6 April 2013 – Red-flowered Currant

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

Red-flowered Currant – Ribes sanguineum Pursh

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6 April 2013 – Giant White Fawn Lily

6 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

I was impressed with the Bellevue Botanic Garden and their effort to capture the native flora. Of all the flowers on display, I think my favorite was the Giant White Fawn Lily – (Erythronium oregonum Applegate). It was definitely the largest member of the Erythronium genus that I have ever seen.       It […]

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5 April 2013 – Common Spring-Gold

5 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

  The Common Spring-Gold (Crocidium multicaule Hook.) is a delicate spring blooming annual member of the Aster Family (Asteraceae). It ranges from British Columbia, through Washington and Oregon, to Northern California. (These pictures were taken at the Westbound Ryegrass Rest Area along Interstate 90.)       It grows in open grasslands in sandy soils […]

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5 April 2013 – Foothill Death Camas

5 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Foothill Death Camas (Toxicoscordion paniculatum (Nutt.) Rydb. is native to the Western USA from Washington and Montana on the north to California and New Mexico on the south. In Washington, it is found in most counties between the Cascade Crest and the Idaho border. It grows in a wide variety of habitats ranging from […]

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5 April 2013 – Thymeleaf Buckwheat

5 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugeTrip to Spokane

The Thymeleaf Buckwheat (Eriogonum thymoides Benth.) is a subshrub that is endemic to Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. In Washington, it is found on the eastern slopes of the Cascades and in the Columbia Basin. It is locally common in dry or rocky soils in sagebrush deserts, Ponderosa Pine forest openings and on rocky ridges. These […]

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5 April 2013 – Carey’s Balsamroot – Balsamorhiza careyana

5 April 2013 Botany Bill Non-RefugePlant ProfileTrip to Spokane

Carey’s Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza careyana A. Gray) is found on east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Oregon. This member of the Aster Family (Asteraceae) is not as widespread as the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, but is common in its more limited range. The leaves are similar in shape to the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, but not as hairy […]

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