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|I took this photo last spring in the Tom McCall Nature Preserve.Spectacular spring wildflower displays grace this magnificent plateau overlooking the Columbia River. The preserve is so diverse partly because it lies in the transition zone between the moist, heavily-forested west side of the Cascades and the drier bunchgrass prairies of the east. |
More than 300 plant species, including grass widows, prairie stars, shooting stars, balsamroot, lupine and Indian paintbrush thrive here. The open grasslands are home to four plant species unique to the Columbia River Gorge: Thompson's broadleaf lupine, Columbia desert parsley, Thompson's waterleaf, and Hood River milkvetch.
This I believe is Gray-leaf Desert Parsley/ Biscuit Root Lomatium macrocarpum:
Also known as bigseed lomatium, biscuit root is an attractive perennial wildflower with several to many prostrate, arched, or erect scapes arising 10-25 cm from a cluster of lacy leaves atop a thick tuberous base. The stems are largely leafless. The leaves are somewhat ternate-pinnately or pinnately dissected into small segments up to 9 mm long and to 2 mm wide. The grayish herbage of the leaves and stems is sparsely to rather densely covered with either short, fine hairs or long, soft and unmatted shaggy hairs.
Biscuit root is a widespread species of desert parsley, and is found from southern British Columbia south through Washington and Oregon to the east of the Cascade summits to central California, and east to Manitoba, North Dakota, western Wyoming, and north-central Utah.
In the Columbia River Gorge, the white-flowered form may be found between the elevations of 200'-2400' from near Doug's Beach in the west and far eastward into the eastern end of the Gorge. The yellow-flowered form may be found between the elevations of 100'-3000' from near the White Salmon River east to the area around The Dalles, OR and Dallesport, WA.
(From Paul Slichter's web site)
Janice, Juyona, rildin, Silvio2006, bobair has marked this note useful
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- [2007-02-11 3:43]
Biscuit Root - I like the name, and the colour. Good pic of it Lori, and the colours and sharpness are good.
So you must be able to eat it too - so if your were hungry you wouldn't starve there in the grasslands.
- [2007-02-11 5:20]
Hola Lori, bella composición y original, buen disparo, tonos y colores agradables... saludos
- [2007-02-11 8:46]
Again, you've got great composition and d.o.f., nice colours, too.
Hi Lori, splendid flowers with wonderful colors and light, great focus, very well done, ciao Silvio
- [2007-02-16 21:08]
very nice point of view presentation of this flower.You know that it looks somewhat like dill as well(it isn't of course),I'm curious what does this plant smell like and is it one that can be eaten?TFS. Bob Forget the question about if it can be eaten,I just looked at your response to Janice-dopey me.