Strange but very pretty flower on Dog Mountain

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EvanTaylor
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Strange but very pretty flower on Dog Mountain

Post by EvanTaylor » May 3rd, 2013, 8:25 pm

I signed up for Portland Hikers just so I could share a picture of a flower I've never seen before! This is one of my favorite websites, and I'm on it pretty much every day, so it was really about time to sign up anyway.

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I spent a good while searching through Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, but did not see anything similar. It's possible I overlooked it. There was an entire hill covered with this type of flower, and my friends and I just could not figure out what it was. We even asked a few other people on the trail as they walked by.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)
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Re: Strange but very pretty flower on Dog Mountain

Post by Peder » May 3rd, 2013, 9:16 pm

Welcome Evan! Somebody will know!
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Re: Strange but very pretty flower on Dog Mountain

Post by Excursionista » May 4th, 2013, 12:13 am

It's Ballhead waterleaf (Hydrophyllum capitum var. Thompsonii). Very cool flower!

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Plants of the PNW Coast is great, but limited in range. I've found Turner and Gustafson's "Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest" by Timber Press to be extremely helpful for a solid, introductory guide to the entire region. Ballhead waterleaf is on page 441.

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Re: Strange but very pretty flower on Dog Mountain

Post by EvanTaylor » May 5th, 2013, 9:26 am

Thank you! I'll definitely be picking up that wildflower book.
Another reason why this website is so great. :)

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Re: Strange but very pretty flower on Dog Mountain

Post by vibramhead » May 6th, 2013, 7:55 am

You can also find this flower in the Washington Wildflowers app, which seems quite comprehensive. It was developed by the U. of Wash. Herbarium, and sells for $8. I find it pretty user-friendly.
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Re: Strange but very pretty flower on Dog Mountain

Post by SonOfTamarack » May 7th, 2013, 1:55 pm

My wife and I call that the cartoon explosion flower.

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