Identification: Small white flowers are in the coast redwood forest

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  1. Nadia White Rock

    Nadia White Rock Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Small white flowers are in the coast redwood forest
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Oxalis sp.
     
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    Nadia White Rock Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I disagree, oxalis has 5 petals. And I have oxalis flowers from the same forest, they are pink and large
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Ah! I was looking mainly at the foliage - the flowers are something else coming up between the Oxalis leaves. The flowers aren't clear enough for me to tell what they are in the absence of visible foliage, perhaps something Brassicaceae?
     
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    Nadia White Rock Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I agree about family, here are with leaves.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Mustard family, I've seen the same one in the same forest community. It's a Cardamine, Dentaria...

    If you go to one of the visitor centers they have wildflower information. I've got 4 wild plant posters I bought at a ranger station along 199, this plant will be on one of them but they are still rolled up and inside the plastic wrap.
     
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    It's Oxalis oregana.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Ignore the Oxalis oregana leaves, which are throwing some people off. The 4-petaled flower is as Ron states: Cardamine, and I believe Cardamine californica. There are photos in the link that show both forms of the leaves.
     
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    Nadia White Rock Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Thank you, Daniel. I like Cardamine californica as an answer
     

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