|Photo by Kelly
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.