Sunday, May 30, 2021

Pacific Waterleaf

Erika and I came upon wildflowers at the McLane Creek Nature Trail near Olympia on 26 May 2021. We recognized the flowers as waterleaf, but we were surprised to learn that they are not Eastern Waterleaf Hydrophyllum virginianum of eastern North America. We noticed that the leaves are not white streaked (although some Eastern Waterleaf have similarly colored leaves). The plant proves to be the Pacific Waterleaf, Hydrophyllum tenuipes. This species grows in lowland forests west of the Cascades from southwest British Columbia to northern California.

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