Forbes and I have moved west from the Wallowas, and spent the past two days exploring three locations in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Both D. anglica and D. rotundifolia are relatively widespread in the Oregon Cascades, so much so that in order to get the most out of our trip, we are concentrating on visiting bogs that are supposed to host both species, partly in the hopes that we will see D. x obovata. One such site was the fen in Government Camp at the base of Mt. Hood. Though we only found D. rotundifolia at this site, it was still worth the visit.

Mt. Hood

The red stuff in front is D. rotundifolia

Both green sphagnum....

and red sphagnum....

...were present. The plants were nestled in Sphagnum mounds among waterways surrounded by Equisetum, blueberries, sedges, and other wetland brushes.

The entire fen soil was composed of peat moss, but most of it was too overgrown to host live sphagnum moss and associate species such as Drosera.


The next bog we visited had U. intermedia and both species of Drosera, but the hybrid was absent. By that time it was too dark for any pictures to turn out well. The third bog, which we visited today, had some surprises in store....