Montana Outdoors

May 31, 2019

May flowers

For several reasons (not to be considered adequate excuses) I have not posted many of the flowers that have bloomed in May this year. I will try to catch up a bit.

Falso Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal ~ Smilacina racemosa

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense

Heart leaf Arnica

Heart leaf Arnica~ Arnica cordifolia

Rusty Saxifrage

Rusty Saxifrage ~ Micranthes ferruginea

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf

Ballhead Waterleaf ~ Hydrophyllum capitatum

Several photos of the Waterleaf have been included because it is rather special to me. I have encountered it in only two locations in all of my wanderings, these growing along an old logging road that runs below Big Hole Peak at an elevation of about 5,200 feet. It’s in a rather secluded location and few people around here ever get to see it.

 

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June 12, 2012

“On moist outcroppings…”

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:00 pm

A few days ago on a short bike trip on a lightly traveled road along the river, some small specks of white caught my eye. They decorated an area of sharp cliffs that had a seep of water trickling down over them. I stopped and a closer look disclosed these pretty little blossoms of a species of saxifrage that I had never before encountered. (Just when you think you’ve seen them all.) My favorite plant book notes under Ecology: “Scattered at low to subalpine elevations mostly in wet Columbia Mountains on moist rock outcrops, damp soil and streambanks”.

Alaska saxifrage, Russethair saxifrage, Rusty saxifrage

Alaska saxifrage, Russethair saxifrage, Rusty saxifrage

Alaska saxifrage, Russethair saxifrage, Rusty saxifrage

Alaska saxifrage, Russethair saxifrage, Rusty saxifrage, Saxifraga ferruginea

(Found in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia and Northwest Territory)

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