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June 2, 2013 02:44 PM PDT

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Seeking Saxifraga oppositifolia with Thamnolia vermicularis white wormy lichen in lower sections.

Ridge on the way to Welch Peak, Olympic National Forest.
about 1800 meters (5900 feet)
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Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis

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wendy5

Date

February 2, 2015

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There were four Gray Jays at the summit of Mt. Walker today. They must be the same pair of adults I saw in the summer with two juveniles, and now all are adults. They grabbed a granola bar from the hand of a fellow hiker, and then two hikers fed them a few more bites by hand. The Gray Jay is known locally as a "camp robber."

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wendy5

Date

November 15, 2014

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(Somewhere...)

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Here are some branches of a Taxus brevifolia or Western Yew. Thanks to Fred Weinmann of the Native Plant Society for pointing it out to me. It was growing by/the Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness.

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wendy5

Date

November 15, 2014

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Growing on this tree were half a dozen 1' wide clumps of Sparassis crispa or Cauliflower Mushroom. They were too high up to touch or smell. They were noticed on Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness near the river with temps in the 20s.

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wendy5

Date

November 15, 2014

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Thanks to Sharon Schlentner of the Native Plant Society for pointing out Rhytidiopsis robusta or well-named Pipecleaner Moss, similar to Electrified Catstail Moss, but growing at a higher subalpine altitude.

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wendy5

Date

November 15, 2014

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Thanks to Fred Weinmann of the Native Plant Society for pointing out Gaultheria ovatifolia or Western Tea-berry, aka Slender Wintergreen, a relative of Salal. It was growing in a patch along Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness.

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wendy5

Date

November 15, 2014

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I was excited to find my first two Cantharellus cibarius or Chanterelles along the Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness. With temps in the 20s, they were both freeze-dried, and didn't look too appetizing, though they were a nice size, 4" tall.

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maidenhair ferns Genus Adiantum

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wendy5

Date

November 15, 2014

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The Adiantum pedatum or Maidenhair Ferns along Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness looked very wilted and curled as winter sets in and the temperatures were in the 20s.

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Irregular Polypody Polypodium amorphum

Observer

brewbooks

Date

June 2, 2007 11:22 AM PDT

Description

Polypodium amorphum
Polypodiaceae family

Polypodium amorphum image at Washington Native Plant Society

Mount Townsend
about 1700 meters (5600 feet)
Buckhorn Wilderness, Olympic National Forest
Washington, USA

Seen on a North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) Northwest Chapter field trip

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green false hellebore Veratrum viride

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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It's the end of the season on Mt. Townsend, and the Veratrum viride or Green False Hellebore has toppled over. Each stem is about 4' long. Only a few of those I saw had blossoms, and they were still upright. These were spotted at about 5000 or 5500'.

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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I was excited to find Thamnolia vermicularis, an arctic-subarctic lichen, growing on a sunny boulder covered in a variety of lichens and mosses at about 6000' on the slopes of Mt. Townsend. I've only seen this once before, on Mt. Zion.

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Smilacina stellata Maianthemum stellatum

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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Here are the pretty berries of the Smilacina stellata or Star-flowered False Solomon’s-Seal. The flowers are also beautiful on this plant. This was found at about 5500' in a shady section of the mixed conifer forest along the slopes of Mt. Townsend.

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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This bracket fungus was among the prettiest I've seen! I forgot to look whether the trunk was from a live tree or a snag. Each shelf was about 5-10" wide, growing about 4" from the trunk. They were growing about 6' from the ground in a shady mixed conifer forest at about 5000'.

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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The Saxifraga bronchialis or Spotted Saxifrage had bloomed some time ago, and the scrubby low leaves are turning autumn colors. This plant was growing on a boulder at about 6000' along the Mt. Townsend trail.

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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The Peltigera neopolydactyla or Frog Pelt along the lower portion of the Mt. Townsend trail was completely gray.

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Chipmunks Genus Tamias

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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I saw four Olympic Chipmunks along the trail to Mt. Townsend. This one was so intent on gathering a piece of dried grass that it tolerated my presence on the trail.

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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I spotted just two plants of Geum triflorum or Old Man’s Whiskers gone to seed along the sunny slope of Mt. Townsend, at about 5500'.

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Cushion Buckwheat Eriogonum ovalifolium

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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I am puzzled by these plants that were growing in patches at the summit of Mt. Townsend. Some patches of gray leaves had no flowers at all, and looked almost like flaky lichen. Others had a few composite flowers of pinkish-orangish color, probably past their prime. Could they be Antennaria microphylla or Rosy Pussytoes? The thin, straight 4"-5" stems didn't have leaves, and the photos I've seen of Antennaria microphylla show little leaves.

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Dense Spikemoss Selaginella densa

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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This appears to be a Lycopodium or clubmoss, growing among other mosses and lichens on a sunny boulder at about 6000' on the slope of Mt. Townsend. The lanky stems were pointed down.

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Rocky Mountain Parnassian Parnassius smintheus

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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This 1 1/2" cream-colored butterfly with black and white striped antennae and little gray dots was stunning! It was feeding on a Douglas' Aster at about 6000', completely oblivious to my presence.

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Arctic Lupine Lupinus arcticus

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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Not many wildflowers still in bloom on Mt. Townsend, but there were a few Lupinus arcticus or Arctic Lupine flowers, looking kind of stunted.

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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Here's Luina hypoleuca or Silverback Luina all gone to seed at the end of the season, near the summit to Mt. Townsend.

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common juniper Juniperus communis

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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There was lots of Juniperus communis or Common Juniper growing low to the ground in the upper 1/3 of the Mt. Townsend trail, but I only found berries in a couple of locations. Where there were berries, there were many!

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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The flowers had bloomed long ago on these plants tucked into boulders at about 5500-6000' along the Mt. Townsend trail. Are they Heuchera micrantha or Small-flowered Alumroot? At this time of year the 2" leaves are turning autumn colors.

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Irregular Polypody Polypodium amorphum

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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These small ferns puzzled us, with leaf blades only 2" to 5" long, and the bright orange-rust spore sacs that seemed to only be along the outer section of the leaves. They were tucked into corners of boulders along the sunny trail at about 5500'.

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shrubby cinquefoil Dasiphora fruticosa

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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Growing near the summit to Mt. Townsend were many very low shrubs with a few brilliant yellow blooms, Dasiphora fruticosa (syn. Potentilla fruticosa) or Shrubby Cinquefoil.

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parsley ferns Genus Cryptogramma

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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I was excited to finally find a few Cryptogramma crispa or Parsley Ferns, tucked into boulders along the trail to Mt. Townsend, at about 6000'. These ferns with the taller fertile leaves are quite distinctive!

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Canadian bunchberry Cornus canadensis

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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The Cornus canadensis or Bunchberry plants featured bright red berries along the shaded parts of the mixed conifer Mt. Townsend trail at about 5,000' to 6,000'. I love the flower in late spring, and its transformation to the bright red berries.

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Upright Coral fungus Ramaria stricta

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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This Coral fungus is a lovely shade of apricot, growing near another patch about the same size, 2" high and 6" across, at about 5500'.

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wendy5

Date

September 17, 2014

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This was the only patch of lichen that looked like this along the trail to Mt. Townsend. Could it be Cladonia squamosa or Dragon Cladonia? It was a 6" diameter patch, growing at about 6000' on a sunny exposure among many other mosses and lichens.

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