Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Triantha occidentalis -- (Creeping Snowberry)

presented by Susan McDougall

Triantha occidentalis

Most often noticed when in flower or fruit, here the flowers are just beginning to open in this common subalpine plant. Formerly a member of the Lily Family, it is now placed in its own, the False-Asphodel Family.

Author: Susan McDougall
Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 325
Date: July 11, 2014
Triantha occidentalis

The flowers are borne on a tall, sticky stem; they are white or greenish. Here the plant is abundant in the seasonally moist Mountain Meadows, on the northwest side of the Park.

Author: Susan McDougall
Mountain Meadows, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9446, -121.8858, 4030
Date: July 19, 2014
Triantha occidentalis

Perhaps most noticeable when in fruit, the reddish-purple seed capsules are often seen on stalks that rise above the surrounding vegetation. This is subspecies brevistyla.

Author: Susan McDougall
Louise Lake, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: September 3, 2012

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