Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Xerophyllum tenax -- (Bear Grass)

photos by Susan McDougall


Xerophyllum tenax

Abundant throughout the Park, particularly in open habitat, in this photo the plants flower prolifically on a slope above the road to Reflection Lakes. Some years the plants may flower very little, if at all.

Location: near Reflection Lakes, Mount Rainier National park

Date: July 9, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
near Reflection Lakes, Mount Rainier National park
GPS: 46.7895, -121.7375, 4863
Date: July 9, 2014
Xerophyllum tenax

The flowers open from the bottom upwards--thus the conelike structure of unopened blossoms at the top. This large flowering head is certainly one of the most easily recognized at the Park.

Location: Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National park

Date: June 11, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National park
GPS: 46.7676, -121.7910, 3198
Date: June 11, 2014
Xerophyllum tenax

Bear Grass is not a grass at all, but was formerly placed in the Lily Family and is now in the related Melanthiaceae. The grasslike leaves were important to native economies as an excellent material for a variety of products.

Location: Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National park

Date: June 11, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National park
GPS:
Date: June 11, 2014

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