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What

Orange Peel Fungus Aleuria aurantia

Observer

caoimheanne

Date

October 20, 2014 01:15 PM PDT

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What

glittering wood-moss Hylocomium splendens

Observer

danielleflock

Date

October 28, 2014 04:24 PM PDT

Place

Staircase (Google, OSM)

Description

Plants large, robust, somewhat shiny, up to 20 cm long; stems twice pinnately branched, with abundant small, green filaments (paraphyllia) visible with a hand lens; annual growth increments visible as individual, arched segments, each arising just behind tip of previous year's.

Leaves: 2-4 mm long; branch leaves narrowly egg-shaped, sharply pointed; stem leaves elliptic below, gradually tapering to a longer, wavy, slender point; midribs 2, inconspicuous; cells elongate.

Sporophytes: Not uncommon, growing from the side of the stem; capsules inclined, smooth, curved and cylindrical.

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What

deer fern Blechnum spicant

Observer

megan2

Date

October 20, 2014 11:57 AM PDT

Description

Deer fern sited at staircase in The Olympic National Park.

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What

Jewelled Amanita Amanita gemmata

Observer

caoimheanne

Date

October 20, 2014 12:44 PM PDT

Place

Staircase (Google, OSM)

Description

growing singly in old growth forest.
pale yellow cap with striations at edges
whitish gills and stipe
obvious veil remnants on cap and stipe
cap approximately 8 cm
stipe approximately 2 cm
mild smell

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caoimheanne

Date

October 20, 2014 02:07 PM PDT

Place

Staircase (Google, OSM)

Description

bright yellow jelly fungus
found growing on fallen tree
range from 5 mm to 4 cm in width
mild smell
gelatinous, hard and somewhat slimy to the touch
very mild taste

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Observer

caoimheanne

Date

October 20, 2014 02:45 PM PDT

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What

five-fingered fern Adiantum aleuticum

Observer

irenemoore

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

This is a palmately branched five-fingered fern, or western maidenhair fern. Not to be confused with Adiuantum pedatum, native to eastern North America, Adiantum aleuticum is a perennial fern from the family Polypodiaceae. No sori were found underneath the fronds as shown in picture 2, however, you can see the "flap-like indusium," or the thin, floppy shield, formed by the inrolled leaf margin, covering where a sorus would be on the frond. The leaf stalk is blackish-brown. It thrives in moist environments so it fits right in at the base of the rain forest.

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What

maidenhair fern Adiantum pedatum

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Palmately branched with black petioles . Leaflets are lobed and delicate. Dies in winter.

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What

red huckleberry Vaccinium parvifolium

Observer

abbyjean12

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Small, oval leaflets that are bright green. Leaves and leaflets are pinnately compound and alternate. The fruit (which was not present) are small, bright red berries that are edible.

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What

Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla

Observer

abbyjean12

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Younger tree with the drooping leader, iconic to Western Hemlocks. Had needle-like leaves that were both bright and dark green and were flattened.

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What

vanilla leaf Achlys triphylla

Observer

ponyboy22

Date

October 20, 2014 12:29 PM PDT

Description

Found this plant just off of the trail during our field trip to Staircase National Park. It had been raining off and on all morning, hence the glistening leaves. This interesting plant did not smell of vanilla despite its common name and
as pictured, was not flowering. The leaves were quite smooth and the stem seemed small for the size of its leaves. Very healthy looking, sprouting through a fern. I was surprised by the definition of each vein within the leaves. A very vascular plant indeed.

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What

glittering wood-moss Hylocomium splendens

Observer

sageferd

Date

October 20, 2014 12:33 PM PDT

Description

Step moss, is a large shiny moss that can get up to 20 cm with twice pinnately branched stems. The moss has multiple layers along the stem

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What

vine maple Acer circinatum

Observer

irenemoore

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

A vine maple, or Acer circinatum of the family Sapindanceae, was spotted in the Olympic National Forest. They can grow from 16-26ft, and this one was standing at about 18ft. The vegetation that clings to its trunk and branches thrives in this moist weather, and it is completely covered in the moss and lichen companions. Although they can be cultivated on open ground, this vine maple was found in the shade of the much larger trees of the forest.

Its leaves are palmately lobed with 7-9 toothy, pointed lobes each, and are arranged oppositely about the branches. This small tree also has samara with wings that line up laterally. In the Spring we would see its small, red flowers with green-yellow petals in the center.

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What

deer fern Blechnum spicant

Observer

klynne

Date

October 20, 2014 11:53 AM PDT

Description

This specimen of Blechnum spicant, or deer fern, was found along the Rapids Loop Trail at Staircase in the Olympic National Park near a moist bank. It shows the fertile stipe still attached and the low dark green sterile leaves a brilliant color.

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What

vanilla leaf Achlys triphylla

Observer

klynne

Date

October 20, 2014 12:29 PM PDT

Description

Achhlys triphylla, or vanilla leaf, has long stalks with 3 fan shaped asymmetrical coarsely blunt-toothed leaflets. No flowers were seen. The individuals did not populate a large areas mostly lining the path and numbered around 12. I find it interesting that the leaves if picked smell of vanilla and can be used as an insect repellent.

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Observer

klynne

Date

October 20, 2014 12:22 PM PDT

Description

This specimen of Gymnocarpium dryopteris was found along the Staircase Rapids Loop trail in the Olympic National Park. As you can see from the picture the fronds are decaying at the end of the season. Oak fern is broadly triangular and 2-3x pinnate.

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What

vine maple Acer circinatum

Observer

sgadber

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

In temperate rain forest associated with old growth large conifers. Palmately lobed leaves 10 cm across and therefore much smaller than the big leaf maple also found in this forest. Leaves are brilliant green with lighter underside, but turning yellow in this fall time. No samara present at this time. Slender branches.

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What

Licorice Fern Polypodium glycyrrhiza

Observer

sgadber

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Single pointy, pinnate fronts up to a foot long, living epiphytic on large leaf maple in temperate rain forest. Rich green color in wet environment.

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What

maidenhair ferns Genus Adiantum

Observer

sgadber

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

In temperate rain forest in understory of old growth. Frond stalk is shiny smooth black in contrast to rich green pinnae. Palmately branched. Sori on toothed edge of pinnae underside.

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What

deer fern Blechnum spicant

Observer

ponyboy22

Date

October 20, 2014 12:07 PM PDT

Description

Found to the side of trail at Staircase National Park.
No visible sori, perhaps those fronds present were sterile. The fronds themselves were leathery to the touch and almost glossy. Stipes were purple-brown as described in the field guide, however looked as if they were dying.
I did not taste the frond or rhizome.

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What

Western rattlesnake plantain Goodyera oblongifolia

Observer

ivyilkay

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Common name: Rattle - snake Plantain

Circular arrangement of leaves.
dark green, thick
thick stripes in white resembling the veins, heaving along the midrib of leaf.

Found at Staircase, Olympic national park

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What

vanilla leaf Achlys triphylla

Observer

kelsiedmonds

Date

October 21, 2014 04:49 PM PDT

Description

Found on trail in Olympic National Park. Also called Deer Foot or Vanilla Leaf, this plant has 3 large, smooth, triangular leaves. Low to ground.

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Observer

trelam

Date

October 21, 2014 08:35 AM PDT

Description

A pretty, green moss that has a dark brown lower stem and light brown, reddish brown, or green veins. It has bi-pinnately compound leaves. This moss grows "branches", which look like another of the same moss stacked on top of the original.

Habitat: Growing on a thickly duff and moss covered rock in an old growth conifer forest, consisting of primarily Douglas-fir, western red cedar and western hemlock.

Weather: Weather: Misty, rainy, 60F, full overcast sky.

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What

five-fingered fern Adiantum aleuticum

Observer

rustyniknax

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

palmate fern, black stems. adiantum means "not-wetting" cuz water beads off the fronds

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What

glittering wood-moss Hylocomium splendens

Observer

rustyniknax

Date

October 20, 2014

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Observer

rustyniknax

Date

October 20, 2014

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What

Dull Oregon grape Mahonia nervosa

Observer

heatherrackley

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

Pinnately compound with 9-19 toothed leaflets. Leaves arranged in a whorl.

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What

Usnea longissima Dolichousnea longissima

Observer

heatherrackley

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

White central cord with very few branches and numerous from .2-8 cm , hanging from an Acer macrophyllum in strands varying from 4-6 feet in length.

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What

Bracken Pteridium aquilinum

Observer

megan2

Date

October 20, 2014 11:59 AM PDT

Description

Bracken fern found at the staircase rapids in the Olympic national park. This fern is dormant in the winter which is why it is discolored. The large, roughly triangular fronds are produced singly, arising upwards from an underground rhizome. It readily colonizes disturbed areas.

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Observer

megan2

Date

October 20, 2014 01:50 PM PDT

Description

Young tree found at staircase in the Olympic national park. Needle like leaves that are glossy dark green above and have two white/green bands of stomata below. Leaves lined up on a flat plane. Cones are 2-4 inches long, barrel shaped, and grow upright on the twig