Mountain plants/flowers

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on August 17.

Continuing on the mountain theme…here are some photos from John B., who like many of us wishes he had “more time and and spare legs.” These are all from the Mt. Washington area (click photo to enlarge):

  1. Western tea-berry (Gaulteria ovatifolia). Looks like a mini version of salal!
  1. Running clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum). An intriguing and ancient plant.
  1. Scouler’s valerian (Valeriana sitchensis ssp. scouleri). Note the stamens that extend well beyond the flower petals.

Botany nerds read on….

Scouler’s valerian is less common than sitka valerian in our area. The key differences:

  • V. stichensis is taller (up to 120cm) with leaves mainly along the stem.
  • V. sitchensis ssp. scouleri is shorter (up to 70cm) with mostly basal leaves, that are less toothed than sitka.

On iNaturalist, Randal and Jason have some records from lower elevations in the CV and Cumberland. Betty Brooks also recorded Scouler’s valerian from the upper Campbell Lake bluffs (no longer accessible by road). 

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