Monday, July 20, 2009
Flora on the trail
The pink flowers in the foreground are mountain heather
growing in the alpine.
Latin name, Phyllodoce empetriformis.
Phyllodoce was a sea nymph in Greek mythology.
"These cheerful bells ring an invitation to high places above the timber line, to those serene and lofty slopes where peace and quiet enter our souls," Lewis Clark, 1976.
The spot of water visible in the distance is the west end of Great Central Lake.
Broad-leaved willow herb
also called river beauty,
or Epilobium latifolium
found on the banks of Drinkwater Creek
poking out of the rocks.
A river beauty indeed.
aka Veratrum viride
one of the most violently poisonous plants on the Northwest Coast
which was well-known by indigenous people
who also found ways to use its strength medicinally.
In this area, the Nuu-chah-nulth rubbed the mashed root on sores
or rheumatic areas to stop pain and as a general liniment.