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The Plant Lists from the Pacific Northwest Page contains plant lists and
economic botanical surveys
generated from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies Apprenticeship
Program. Herbalists, botanists, and wildcrafters alike may
find these useful. The plant lists run from April to June. Most are
from the Cascade Mountains in Oregon, USA. I have intentionally removed
site specific locations, but have included the general ecosystem and
elevations. You may be able to apply this information to similar ecosystems
in your area. These lists are arranged by plant families. The specific
Latin Names: This is the best way to identify a plant.
Common Names: Common names are a poor way to identify a plant, as there
are three "Spring Beauties" in my area, all unrelated except
that they bloom in the early spring. I have a tendency to make
these names up, but in these lists I use the most "common" common
name for my area, or at least my favorite one.
Uses: These are hard to sum up in one or two words. Edible is difficult
to define. If it tastes bad no matter how you cook it, is it
edible? If it's poison raw, but edible cooked? What if it's
poison unless soaked in lye and then boiled to remove the lye
(olives)? What if it tasted bad, gives you the runs and makes you
throw up, but will not kill you? Poison is also hard to define.
Remember, the difference between poison and medicine is dosage.
Some of the plants listed as poison may be used by clinical
herbalists as medicine. Some foods are poisonous if ingested in
large quantities. These one or two word descriptions are only a
reference, please check further resources for more complete
Animal Interactions: I'm a botanist, and the animal names may be in error.
Key: (unless otherwise stated)
UFr -Unripe Fruit
Fr- Fruit (Fleshy)
Sen- Senescent (Identifiable dead stems or leaves)
The plant lists may include highlights from the class trips. They
generally are only one line reminders for those in the
apprenticeship, but they may be of value to some.
Economic botanical surveys run from July to September and are
arranged by uses. These lists include identifiable plants of use, even when not
in flower. Once again, it is difficult to place plants in just
one category, as many plants have multiple uses. Drop dosage toxic medicinals
are NOT included in these surveys.
Roots: includes crowns.
Greens and Potherbs: They may need to be cooked to be edible, please check
Fruits: includes seed pods.
Alteratives: includes diaphoretics and diuretics, and a catch-all for herbs
used for infections.
Calming Herbs: a general category including nervines,
antispasmodics, tranquilizers, sedatives, and any misc. "calming" herb.
Pain (see Calming Herbs): There are quite a few drop dosage
medicinals that would fit into this category.
Demulcents, Emollients: soothing to the skin or mucuous membranes.
Misc.: other interesting herbs that do not fit into the other categories.
Topics of Botanical Interest: may include plants that are not
useful but interesting.
lists are by no means complete, and errors can occur. Feel free to
if you have any questions or complaints. You may copy and
distribute this information freely, but please ask me if you wish
to use it for teaching purposes.