Washington State Wildflower mysteries

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  1. morpheme

    morpheme New Member

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    Hi - I have a few plants I've photographed that I'm struggling to ID. I'm hoping to find someone who recognizes them. Thanks in advance! Sorry… no scale
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    found at Mt. Rainer National Park near Comet Falls - very abundant in subalpine meadows near Paradise and Van Trump Park, late June, size tiny - flowers less than 5mm
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    Found in the Wenatchee mountains near Rt 2 about 5 miles west of Leavenworth, flowering April 30th

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    Found growing in deep shade growing on Goose Rock, Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island Washington, flowering May 8, size - tiny flowers about 5mm or smaller
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    First one might be Juncus sp.
     
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    Superb! that was just the clue I needed. #1 Juncus mertensianus
     
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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Thalictrum sp for the second.
     
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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    The third has two stamens - could be some Veronica.

    No, take it back. Veronica would have four petals.
     
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    Excellent! #2 Thalictrum occidental female flowers
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Plectritis congesta for the third, a plant that is growing in dry, rocky conditions in this case (few flowers)
     
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    thanks! I never would have got that one - I'm sure I've looked at that flower a ton of times, but since it's usually shown with a ball of flowers I never considered it.
     
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    I found one more.
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    this was found in the Teanaway area of Washington near Cle Elum on the trail to Elbow Peak. It doesn't appear to have any blossoms, but the new spring growth was quite an incredible golden color at the end of April this year. I've had no luck finding anything at all that looks like this one.
     
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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Probably, the same as the spiny branch with the green leaf on the top.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, perhaps a Rosa that had been sheared to the ground by an herbivore. Note that connate stipules.
     

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