Oregon Checker-mallow

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Out to Finley Refuge to find some wildflowers. In this picture we see the Oregon Checker-mallow as they start to bloom in the late spring rains. Camera: Lumix DMC L-10 The picture is a three shot overlay.

Oregon Checker-mallow is an herbaceous perennial with erect stems that are 2-15 dm tall and arising from a branched rootcrown that surmounts a taproot. The basal leaves have long petioles and round blades that are deeply palmately divided into 5-9 nearly linear lobes. The alternate stem leaves become smaller with few lobes upward. The lower stems and leaves are sparsely covered with star-shaped hairs. Short-stalked flowers are borne in a terminal spike. Some flowers are bisexual, while in others, the anthers are sterile or lacking. Each pink flower has a 5-lobed, hairy calyx that is 4-9 mm long and 5 separate, oblong, shallowly bilobed petals that are 15-20 mm long. Numerous stamens are united into a tube surrounding the style. The numerous stigmas are linear. The fruit, which is 2-3 mm long, is a flattened-globose capsule with many sections, giving it the appearance of a peeled orange.

Picture taken by Charles Harkins
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