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False Hellebore

False Hellebore
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-26
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-04 0:43
Viewed: 3258
Points: 6
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I had never seen this plant before, hopefully I've identified it correctly. It was growing in the marshy meadow beneath the crater rim of Larch Mountain. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to get more of a detailed close up or show the full plant, which wasn't possible as it was about 5 feet tall from top to the ground.

From Paul Slichter's web site:

Green False Hellebore (Veratrum viride)

The stems are generally single, thick, and erect from one to two meters in height. The stems are glabrous below the inflorescence, softly hairy within the inflorescence.

The numerous leaves are parallel veined, with the basal leaves oblong elliptic in shape and 35 cm long. The leaves are narrower and reduced in size higher on the stem.

The inflorescence is a dense panicle, freely branched, with the lower branches drooping (See photo at right.). The panicle ranges in length from 30 to 70 cm. The flowered branches do not rise as in Veratrum californicum. The six tepals (the petals and sepals look alike) are narrowly oblong-lanceolate to oblong-elliptic in shape, and yellow-green to fairly deep green in tint (with numerous darker green lines running the length of the tepals too). The tepals measure 6-10 mm long and are much longer than the yellowish stamens.

Green false hellebore is a plant of moist areas, from swamps, stream sides, montane meadows, and moist woodlands. It is found from the lowlands into subalpine habitats.

Green False Hellebore is found from Alaska south through the Olympic and Cascade Mts of Washington to the north Cascades of Oregon and eastward to the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and Alberta and south into Idaho and eastern Washington and Oregon. It may be found further east to Ontario and Quebec, and south along the eastern seaboard to North Carolina.

In the Columbia River Gorge it may be found between the elevations of 2700'-4300' on the higher ridges and peaks to the west of the Cascade crest.

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Hi Lori,
Nice shot of this interesting plant. Sharp and very clear. Nicely captured. Greatly composed.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Lori, and here it is all natural!! Quite a pretty green plant, and I like the green flowers. And that looks like a type of bracken fern growing with it too. I'd have photographed that!! You know me and my ferns!
I've been on holiday in Melbouorne, Australia, with my daughter and only just got back. We had a great time but hardly any Nature photos!

Hello Lori, excllent colors, Bg, POv DOF Perefct details, very crisp, excllent POV and Framing, well done TFS Kyle

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