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What

Pacific rhododendron Rhododendron macrophyllum

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 19, 2012 02:45 PM PDT

Description

Located on the open side of the trail head, apart from the woods, not in bloom but a mature plant. Growing next to Douglas Fir. Had buds on it and might be blooming soon? I wonder when it usually blooms, although I know it depends on the location and weather. This particular plant seems to doing well, though branches are more spread out than the more compact plants of this species I see in local neighborhoods. I suppose these are kept under control by gardeners, whereas in Seward Park in can spread out, or maybe the wetter location has something to do with it.

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Common ivy Hedera helix

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 19, 2012 02:45 PM PDT

Description

Wasn't as abundant here as other places, most likely because they do a lot of work there at the park to keep it out since it is an invasive and non-native species. Despite this, it did cover small portions of ground and was beginning to climb one or two trees. Growing in an area surrounded by Dull Oregon Grape, Sword fern, Douglas firs, Big leaf maple, and some Salal. Leaves pale compared to vast spans and patches of the same species in other locations.

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European holly Ilex aquifolium

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 19, 2012 02:45 PM PDT

Description

No berries yet, small plant about 3 feet tall, only one growing as far as I could see. From what I've read it's non-native, but is Holly an invasive species?

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Bracken fern Pteridium aquilinum

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 19, 2012 02:45 PM PDT

Description

This type of fern is new to me and I'm not sure this is the right ID, but it was growing by itself next to a Western Red Cedar, Japanese Flowering Cherry, a little bit of English Holly and some large Sword Fern. It only took up about a square foot of space and I didn't see any others nearby. It doesn't seem to be a common type of fern though it is native to the area.

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red huckleberry Vaccinium parvifolium

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 19, 2012 02:45 PM PDT

Description

Stems green, small leaves, little green berries not ripe but should be soon. Deeper in the park where there is a lot of tree cover and more moist climate. Growing near Sword fern, Bigleaf maple, and Dull oregon grape.

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Licorice Fern Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 19, 2012 02:45 PM PDT

Description

Growing on Big leaf maple tree, and seeing it more and more often on growing on trees in the area. I didn't know until going to Pack forest that this plant is an epiphyte, which explains why I always see it growing on other trees unlike sword and lady ferns which stem from the ground. Other plants surrounding the tree and licorice fern were red huckleberry, sword fern, and snowberry. Growing often in the same places as moss on trees.

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western swordfern Polystichum munitum

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 19, 2012 02:45 PM PDT

Description

Lots of this growing around the park, seems to be one of the more common ferns of the area. This particular patch of ferns looked either very healthy or very mature, though I'm not sure how you tell the age of a fern. This one had over 50 pairs of leaflets and was growing near a Bigleaf Maple tree and in the understory some English Holly and Low Oregon Grape. Seemed larger in this location than in others around the park and other parts of Washington.

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thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 19, 2012

Description

In Seward Park growing surrounded by snowberry, flowering cherry trees, amongst Douglas Fir and Big Leaf maple trees. No flowers or berries at the moment (maybe due to less sunlight in the spot its in, or the time of year), and leaves aren't as large as I've seen them in the past, however they were bright green, ground covered by old Maple leaves and fir cones. Not too far from lake but shaded from the sun.

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Salal Gaultheria shallon

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 19, 2012

Description

Only interspersed growing with Oregon grape and sword fern. Different from other salal I've seen as it had brownish splotches on the leaves. I'm wondering whether it might be because the soil doesn't have as many nutrients.