Montana Outdoors

June 28, 2008

Bouquet of rose buds

If I were the one to name this flower, that’s the name I’d choose. So far I’ve looked everywhere I can think of and can’t come up with in ID for it.



(Photographed along the lower end of the Munson Creek trail in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana, inside the TeePee – Spring Creek roadless area.)


  1. I believe it may be “Yankee” magazine that has that column called What is it?” People find strange old tools and other stuff in their attics and outbuildings, snap a picture and send it in. An expert tracks down what the thing is.

    Early on, while working on “Garden of Heaven” I found an expert in Hawaii who had created a giant catalog on line of Hawaiian plants. But, pictures being what they are, pictures taken by different people of the same kinds of flowers don’t always make them look like the same plant. I sent him pix, and he sent back an answer. I had similar luck with State of Montana agency specialists when it came to many of the grasses and weeds.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t ID these flowers in either my Rocky Mountain Wildflowers book or my Plants in Waterton-Glacier book. But I wonder, might there be some agency or wildflower specialist whom you might send some of your JPG photographs to who could tell us all what they are?

    Beautiful photographs even without knowing the name.



    Comment by knightofswords — June 29, 2008 @ 9:01 am

  2. I’ve looked through every online source I know, including one where I scanned 750 photos. It’s difficult to Id something from the thumbnails on most sites because the photos are sometimes so lousy. USDA Plants is that way.

    The problem I have with most (especially State or University sites) is that you have to know what it is before you can find it on the site. It’s kind of like going to a Dr. with an illness but you have to tell him what it is before he can treat it.

    I just posted this to a couple of Flickr groups, “ID Please” and “What wildflower is this!”. I’ll see what they come up with.

    I’ve actually had quite a few wildflowers ID’d just from my Flickr page or from a blog post.

    Another problem I sense is that many of the photos I drag back are from rather remote areas, and the subjects are quite small. Maybe nobody has cataloged them, certainly not in the more popular sites.


    Comment by montucky — June 29, 2008 @ 11:19 am

  3. Well that name is good enough for me – so would no name be, in fact! These are just utterly gorgeous! Full of seductive prowess – brilliantly captured!


    Comment by Sumedh — June 29, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

  4. They’re small, but really loaded with design, aren’t they? Nature did quite an arrangement!


    Comment by montucky — June 29, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

  5. They’re really gorgeous. How big are they?

    And your name is perfect! I’ll vote for you to be in charge of naming the wildlflowers. 😀


    Comment by Sara — June 30, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

  6. I forgot to measure the group, but it’s probably not much over an inch across, so the buds themselves are quite small.


    Comment by montucky — June 30, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

  7. I have the same trouble with some books: If I had studied botany, I’d know where to start out rather than trying to squint at all those thumbnails on the screen.



    Comment by knightofswords — July 1, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  8. Maybe this winter I will take the time to learn to do plant ID’s the right way. In the mean time, I guess I’m still more interested in finding them than ID’ing them.


    Comment by montucky — July 1, 2008 @ 8:12 am

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