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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Flowers of Scenic - Pinedrops

Photo by Kelly

Our distinguished horticulturists (i.e., Matt, not me) say that this asparagus-looking plant seen growing on the Scenic property is  called 'Pinedrops'.  It's Latin botanical name is 'Pterospora Andromeda'. In a few weeks it will grow some very odd looking flowers that resemble drops of sap. It is also the largest saprophyte (i'e., lacking chlorophyll to produce their own food and instead obtaining nutrients from dead organic matter) of the 3 different varieties that grow in Washington.  The production of flowers differentiates saprophytes from true fungi.

Speaking of true fungi, anyone want to identify this species which is sometimes found on the Scenic property in un-traversed areas away from the trails?

Also found on site during the summer months are edible wild strawberries, trailing blackberries, salmonberries, wild blueberries, and near the upper reaches of Scenic Creek, huckleberries.

Wild Huckleberry
Wild Strawberry
trailing blackberry fruit
Wild Blackberry
Wild Blueberries


  1. Anonymous2:18 PM

    The Fungi looks to be Chantrelle mushrooms...very tasty. If you srape off the yellow skin it should be white under that way to tell its not a false chantrelle.

  2. Actually, False Chantrelles can have white to yellow flesh so that is not a reliable indicator. The best way to differentiate Chantrelles from Flase Chantrelles and another look alike (the Jack O' Lantern) is by the gills. true Chantrelles have false gills . . . folds . . . as opposed to blade-like gills.

  3. Jay Chaplin6:40 PM

    Jack O'Lanterns also grow on wood, perhaps buried but always out of wood. Chanterelles grow directly out of dirt and in radial lines like spokes on a wheel, centered on the oak/pine tree whose roots they are associated with.