On the government list of rare plants of BC, 8 are found on Mitlenatch Island. Three of these are aquatics, two unusual clovers (tomcat clover, white-tipped clover). There's Carolina foxtail grass, a subspecies of California broomrape that parasitizes gumweed, and Gardner's yampah, in the carrot family. I don't think I saw any of these, but next time I'll come prepared, knowing what to look for.
In spite of the pictures on the information kiosk and local websites, a few of the plants I saw on Mitlenatch Island were hard to identify. I need help with these:
|It looks like one of the carrot family, Apiaceae, but is missing the fringe at the top of the stem. I should recognize it, but I don't.|
|The information board shows the orchid, Ladies tresses. This is similar, but the florets don't seem to be arranged in a spiral. Another orchid, maybe?|
Update: this could be Piperia elegans, the hillside rein orchid. Also present on Mitlenatch.
|Christine identified this for me. Indian celery, Lomatium nudicaule. Aka Indian consumption plant.|
|Hooker's onion. The three petals and the flower sheath make this easy to identify. Likes dry places.|
|At least this was easy; common plantain. Grows anywhere. But what is that beautiful, feathery grass behind it?|
(5th in a series of 9 Mitlenatch Island posts. #1, #2, #3, #4. #5. #6, #7, #8)