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Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Place

Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier National Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Usnea longissima or "Methuselah's beard lichen," was found in several trees usually in a single small bundle, but in this tree (deceased Douglas fir?) was especially abundant.

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Tree Lungwort Lobaria pulmonaria

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Place

Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier National Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Lungwart was found on only a few trees on near one end of the trail of shadows, but when present, appeared in large patches such as this.

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devil's club Oplopanax horridus

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Place

Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier National Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Devils club was found along a stream on the trail of shadows, here it is lacking its leaves, however its distinctive spiked stem makes it easy to identify.

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Cup Lichens Genus Cladonia

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Place

Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier National Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Cladonia, complete with distinctive red colored structure, found on a fallen log.

Unsure of the type of lichen on the left.

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jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Place

Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier National Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Western hemlock saplings were growing all along the Trail of Shadows, several other western hemlock saplings were seen along the trail growing on nurse logs.

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western hemlock Tsuga heterophylla

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Place

Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier National Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Western hemlock saplings were growing all along the Trail of Shadows, several other western hemlock saplings were seen along the trail growing on nurse logs.

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beavers Family Castoridae

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Place

Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier National Park (Google, OSM)

Description

I wanted to call this as the Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia rufa), but I am not sure if this amount of tree damage could be attributed to that species. However the evidence of some kind of beaver is still evident here. There was were several other places near the Trail of Shadow where other small fallen trees exhibited signs of beaver damage as well.

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whitebark pine Pinus albicaulis

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This pine was growing alongside the Trail of Shadows, near the trail-head on the edge of an open area containing iron hot springs.

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mushroom

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

I think it is an immature mushroom, which was found growing on the mossy surface of a downed log.

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Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This foliose lichen was found growing on the mossy surface of a downed tree. It was difficult to even guess at an identity without a guidebook but the closest I could guess at might be "Nephroma."

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jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This foliose lichen was found growing on the mossy surface of a downed tree. It was difficult to even guess at an identity without a guidebook but the closest I could guess at might be "Nephroma."

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Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

This plant was commonly seen near paved roads along walking pathways but was absent when walking the trails in wooded areas beyond; it is unclear if this was due to the thick snow-cover along the trail, or if this plant was absent from the trail entirely.

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Port Orford cedar Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Port Orford cedar found on the Pack Forest grounds, near the dining area. Diagnostic early male cones present, but underdeveloped.

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big-leaf maple Acer macrophyllum

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Many deciduous trees were found along trails in Pack Forest. Nearly every deciduous tree was missing foliage, but Big Leaf Maple was confirmed via analysis of leaf litter underneath several trees.

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California blackberry Rubus ursinus

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Trailing blackberry was seen in Pack Forest as a common ground cover plant in the understory of the forest. several instances of this blackberry were observed alongside each trail traveled while within Pack Forest.

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western white pine Pinus monticola

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Western White Pine, few specimens found in an an area near the Pack Forest facilities. Five-needle bunches and as well as general characteristics show that it is a Western White Pine.

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Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

hollow tube lichen, light blue-green on one side, black on the other. located with many other lichens on downed red alder tree branch.

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Oakmoss Evernia prunastri

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Flattened, folios lichen, found on downed branch of alder, this specimen is surrounded by several other lichens.

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osoberry Oemleria cerasiformis

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Growing in the under-story of Douglas fir, in swampy soil. Osoberry is a common shrub easily distinguised by its bright green foliage, and small, hanging, white flowers.

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False Morel Gyromitra esculenta

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

approx. 7 cm stem to tip, complex but shallow ridges, with thick solid stem. Mushroom was growing among leaf litter on walking/previous driving path in extremely wet soil near drainage ditch. abundance of fruiting bodies was low, and relatively spread out along the trail.

this particular specimen was trampled, but allows a view of the stem underneath the indented outer structure.

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common Douglas-fir Pseudotsuga menziesii

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

many, many Douglas-fir trees were seen at pack forest, and along with some big leaf maple, and some red alder, make up a large part of the canopy at pack forest, especially at wetter, lower elevations. mosses and lichens are common on all trees, and can bee seen here growing on the branches and stem of several Douglas-fir trees.

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western sweet coltsfoot Petasites frigidus ssp. palmatus

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Growing in several meter radius patch along an apparent vehicle path. Leaves numerous, with sparse flowering structures; all growing in a very wet, muddy substrate, with open sky above, surrounded by several deciduous trees, as well as some douglas fir, none of which grow within several meters of the patch of coltsfoot, isolated by the road, as well as a drainage ditche paralleling the road adjacent to the patch of coltsfoot.

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red alder Alnus rubra

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Red Alder catkins observed on low lying branches on the edge of a clearing. the clearing is a manicured lawn of the Pack Forest facility and the red alder branches overhang a 2 meter tall cliff by 3-4 meters horizontally. Many branches are broken and scattered on the ground.

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Licorice Fern Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Licorice fern growing on side of douglas fir, in wet understory of Pack Forest along a trail. sparse leaf cover due to annual of foliage, letting greater amounts of light access to the fern.

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jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Observed mid day at Pack Forest along hiking trail, mid 40's (F) with full cloud cover after previous light rain Oregon-grape growing as understory along with western sword fern (Polystichum munitum) underneath Douglas Fir and unknown deciduous trees (presumably Big leaf Maple according to leaf litter).

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cutleaf blackberry Rubus laciniatus

Observer

jjensen

Date

March 31, 2012

Description

Blackberry plant observed growing mid slope, leaves facing southwest, towards open grass field. Coniferous trees located up slope of the blackberry stem, while unknown deciduous trees flank the stem several meters to each side on the slope. Ground below slope was wet, muddy, and difficult to travel over.

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