Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Vanilla-leaf

Vanilla-leaf, Achlys triphylla is in the family Berberidaceae. This wildflower is found along the western teir of states, from British Columbia to northern California. The species is said to be ubiquitous in western Washington. The flowers sprout from runners along the forest floor. Dried leaves are supposed to smell like vanilla. I crushed a fresh leaf, but it just smelled like fresh foliage. Dried leaves are occasionally used as mosquito repellent, but I can not vouch for that claim. A similar species in the same genus also grows in Japan.(Wikipedia). Erika and I noticed Vanilla-leaf in several local areas—this is from McLane Creek Nature Trail on 20 May 2020.

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