Lewisia oppositifolia

Well, the busiest four month-stint of my life since 2007 concluded today. The amount of work required of an instructor (especially those who have to develop new course material) has given me an appreciation for what my professors used to accomplish. Combining the teaching load with some personal bumps has been challenging, so I’ll hope you’ll forgive the absence of recent posts (in fact, the neglect of almost all of my regular work duties, for those of you who have tried corresponding with me).

Anyway, I can now turn my attention back to some state of pre-teaching normal, though there’s much catching up to be done. There’s also planning to do, for things like potential trips to the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon throughout 2013, where (upon approval) we’ll be running some trips to appreciate the unique flora, followed by subsequent seed and herbarium specimen collecting expeditions. One of the many species endemic to the area is Lewisia oppositifolia, or opposite-leaved lewisia. It is found only in southwest Oregon and northwest California, where it tends to prefer spring-wet sites. Often, it is associated with conifers, though one would not make that conclusion based on where today’s photograph was made: an open, rocky flat with severe serpentine soils (it is also associated with these).

Additional photographs are available via CalPhotos: Lewisia oppositifolia.

Lewisia oppositifolia

21 responses to “Lewisia oppositifolia”

  1. Judy Sinclair

    A beautiful photo Daniel, thank you!
    Wishing you a Happy Holiday and all the best in 2013.

  2. Irma in Sweden

    Wishing you a happy Christmas and a very happy planthunting 2013

  3. Ty

    Thanks for all these wonderful photos throughout the year! Have a peaceful holiday and a plant-filled New Year!

  4. Florida Plantsman

    Thanks for the beauty and information you share. Happy Holidays to you and your associates at UBC Botanical Garden.

  5. Sue Frisch

    Welcome back… and with a lovely photo of an exquisite plant. Hope your 2013 trips work out and result in more pictures like this one!

  6. Roger

    What a peaceful, simple photograph. Perfect for this time of year.
    Thanks for all you do – hope you find restful solitude before your next ‘stint’.

  7. Susan Hall

    Many thanks for all of the wonderful photos and information this past year. May your world improve greatly this coming year, wishing you the happiest of Holidays and the best of New Years,
    Susan Hall

  8. Monica Felt

    Interesting how it s found in the two distinct sites….in cultivation we know it resents over-watering and requires partial sun.

  9. elizabeth a airhart

    gently at night how lovely
    the virgin snow falls
    eack ice crysta pattern
    silently drifting down
    a comfort in the darkness
    of the night my thoughts
    drifting as quietly as the
    snow in silent meditation
    poem by me to daniel and company
    and to the world wide readers
    who are a comfort funny and helpful
    merry christmas happy new year

  10. Val Walsh

    I, too, have been so busy this Fall that, sadly, I didn’t notice the lack of botany photos… Thanks for all the posts; glad there’ll be more, as I plan to slow down in 2013 and have the time to read everything in my inbox. Enjoy the Christmas break, hope it’s (somewhat) restful, and a Happy New Year to you; to the other BPoD contributors; and to subscribers.

  11. green gardener

    Happy holidays to you. Thank you for enlightening and introducing me to so many interesting natural flora. Your photo of the Hechtia texensis inspired me to locate this plant which I am now trialing.

  12. marilyn plant

    What a stunning picture-one of your very best.
    It makes me realize how much I’ve missed your photography. Many thanks for beautiful pictures and all the best for the coming year.

  13. Elizabeth Parnis

    A very beautiful flower. And perfect photo thank you! Best wishes for Christmas and a eave full NewYear.

  14. Janeal Thompson

    Have the very best of Holidays and best wishes for a great New Year. We so much appreciate your hard work and dedication. The photo of the Lewisia oppositifolia is spectacluar. Again, thanks so much, Daniel.
    Janeal Thompson

  15. Anna

    Happy Holidays to you Daniel and to all the readers of BPotD! Thank you for all the wonderful images and write ups, and for the great reflections in the comments section. Best wishes for the New Year!

  16. Joyce in Toronto

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  17. bev

    Teaching is important too. You brighten our days no matter the frequency. May I add my best wishes to all of the lovely preceding comments – you are richly appreciated!

  18. sergio niebla álvarez

    The plants have flowers. And with its flowers plants have scientific names. The flowers, by themselves can not identify the plants, only for their flowers. I think it would be much more enlightening to all amateur botanists could you show us plants with their flowers. And not just flowers. It is very difficult for us to know and meet the plants only through their flowers ….. However I’m still a big fan of your page http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca
    Saludos …. sergioniebla

  19. Charlie

    I am very fond of Lewisia. On one of my very first field trips into the Cascades was to focused on a genius found only around Leavenworth, WA. It helped to ignite a passion that has only grown stronger over the past 10 years.

  20. gail shewchuk

    Exquisite….I am grateful for your talent and as it is sometimes said “patience is a virtue” !
    Thank you for your submissions and all the best in 2013….

  21. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks for the kind thoughts, all.
    Sergio, I understand your comments. This is one of the reasons why links are provided in the text; not only are excellent resources highlighted, but additional information is made available that we can’t supply (particularly if we don’t have the full range of photographs of a subject, like flower, habit, habitat, etc.)

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