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Balsamorhiza deltoidea

Balsamorhiza deltoidea

Of the three species of balsamroots found in the Columbia River Gorge, I believe this to be Balsamorhiza deltoidea, or northwest balsamroot, but I could very well be incorrect in my identification. The backlit spikes of flowers are lupine, likely Lupinus onustus – these are a week or two behind the ones in the other photograph, the difference between a flatland exposure with other herbaceous perennials forming a shaded cover and a southern hilly exposure with little competition.

This was photographed at the Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena.

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Dr. Michael Hickman, Associate Director of the University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden near Edmonton, sent along this photograph of the sole Albertan species, Balsamorhiza sagittata (photographed in DBG on May 28, 2006): DBG.84-2230

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