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Friday, April 25, 2008

Goldstream Park - Fawn Lily

Seventeen kilometers (about 10 miles) from Victoria lies Goldstream Park. This park, largely original coastal rainforest, is a beautiful place and I propose to visit it often during the coming months to try and capture some of the indigenous plants and animals of this area. As well as a seasonally changing flora, the Goldstream River is the scene of a large salmon run every autumn. The salmon apparently attract record numbers of hungry Bald Eagles as well as the occasional bear....

The lovely spring flower pictured here is a Giant White Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum) There are quite a large number of species of this lily and my identification may not be correct. Any taxonomists out there please inform me if I'm wrong.

I am guessing it is called a fawn lily because the mottled leaves (see photo to the right) are reminiscent of the dappled coats of fawns.


Anonymous said...

The giant white fawn lily is gorgeous. I love them. This is a really nice post and interesting to read as well.

USelaine said...

I've never seen one of these before, and it's so pretty. I look forward to more of your native plants.

bitingmidge said...

No matter how hard I try, I can never get plants to stay still long enough to take a picture like that!

I'll just keep trying then.. :-)

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