Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Kalmia microphylla -- (Swamp-laurel)

photos by Susan McDougall


Kalmia microphylla

This is the less common variety occidentalis. It can reach two feet and has longer and narrower leaves than microphylla.

Location: Mountain Meadows, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: July 19, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Mountain Meadows, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9446, -121.8848, 4001
Date: July 19, 2014
Kalmia microphylla

Common in moist (although not inundated) subalpine meadows, but sometimes missed among the sedges and rushes, the flowers are pale to deep pink, with five petals. There are two varieties; this is variety microphylla.

Location: Louise Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: July 5, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Louise Lake, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7706, -121.7157, 4600
Date: July 5, 2014
Kalmia microphylla

A member of the Heather Family, Kalmia is an evergreen plant with short, broad leaves. The flowers are quite unlike any other in the subalpine meadows.

Location: Louise Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: July 5, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Louise Lake, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7706, -121.7157, 4600
Date: July 5, 2014

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