Endangered/Threatened Plants

Rough Popcornflower

The Rough Popcornflower is very similar to the fragrant Popcornflower , both having white forget-me-not flowers growing together in clusters. Found in Douglas County, Oregeon, and is currently endangered due to the agricultural conversion expanding to the local wetlands.

I saw the close clusters of flowers and thought it would make a very charming but technically difficult carving. It took much attention to detail, but I look forward to comparing the results to the actual plant!

Photo Credits: The Nature Conservancy

Ellie Reis

Whitebark Pine Tree

The Whitebark Pine Tree is indigenous to the North American Rockies and is unique due to it’s symbiotic relationship to the Clark’s Nutcracker, a local small bird population. These trees are essential for supplying the local animals with enough seeds to survive winter. They are currently endangered due to a European fungal infection called blister rust. However, a few trees have shown genetically resistant to the fungus, and a reforestation effort is underway.

For this piece I was very inspired by Jamie Hewlett’s illustrative Pine Tree series, and I wanted to make my own version with the unique twisting bark of the Whitebarks.

Photo Credits: National Park Service

Ellie Reis

Gentner’s Fritillary

Ella Neiwert

Kincaids Lupine

Kincaid’s Lupine is an endangered plant related to the pea family. It differs from other lupine species due to it being a low-growing plant. The flowers that bloom is light blue, purple, or cream-colored. Kincaid’s Lupine grows best in prairies, however, due to the loss of native prairies, the Kincaid’s Lupine has declined, seed dispersal becoming harder as prairies spread further apart. 

I enjoyed carving this plant’s small petals, and I hope I can see it in person someday.

Alexis Barrett

Western Lily

The Western Lily is an endangered plant that grows best in coastal areas, like Coos Bay, Oregon and further down the coast to California. Its crimson petals and yellow center produce pollen and seeds that benefit hummingbirds, bees, and other insects. This plant is threatened by land changes, loss of genetic diversity because of small population sizes, and climate change. 

I chose the Western Lily because of all of its beautiful detail.

Alexis Barrett

Spalding’s Catchfly

The Spalding’s Catchfly is a known species to Idaho, Washington, Montana, and of course Oregon. It is a threatened species that is actively being protected and reproduced with hopes that it can be removed from the Endangered Species Act list. I chose this particular plant because of its similarities to other trapping plants – like this one that traps insects and dust because of its covering hairs.

Photo Credit: species.idaho.gov

Cade Hole

Showy Stickseed

Showy Stickseed, also known as hackelia venusta, is a flower plant species that grows exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. More specifically, it can be found in the central Cascade Mountains in Washington on USDA Forest Service land.

Photo Credits: University of Washington Botanic Gardens

Jordan Hogan

Nelsons Checker-mallow

The Nelsons Checker-mallow apart of the Malvaceae family, they are a beautiful pink flower with bright blossoms that grow tall on long stems. Native to the Willamette Valley and the Oregon coast they can be spotted nearby. However, being endangered it is becoming harder to spot these pink puffs that dot the green landscape.

I decided to look closer at a singular flower in my carving instead of how it is more commonly seen in nature as a cluster.

Photo credits: Wetlands Conservancy

Alivia Thomas

Willamette Daisy

The Willamette Daisy is a purple rayed daisy with the official name of Erigeron Decumbens. This species inhabits Willamette prairies and is endangered due to habitat loss caused by agricultural development and fragmentation. I enjoyed carving this little flower as it reminded me of when I used to make daisy chains or crowns growing up. There is something nostalgic about daisies in particular, it could be from the old game i’m sure many of us played “he loves me, he loves me not”.

Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Agriculture

Gracie Cumming

Crinite Mariposa Lily

Crinite mariposa lily is a localized endemic with scattered populations restricted along a narrow 30-mile-long serpentine ridge system in southwestern Oregon. There are approximately eight known occurrences of the species occupying a total range of less than 30 square miles. It’s threatened by fire exclusion, invasive species, logging, grazing, and road construction.

I enjoyed carving the fuzzy, lovely flower. It’s rare, but I hope I get to see it in person someday.

Photo credit: Oregon Department of Agriculture

Mika Aono

Golden Paintbrush

Golden Paintbrush is one of the success stories of the Endangered Species Act. By the late 1990s, the paintbrush had been eliminated from the Willamette Valley due to habitat loss caused by fire suppression, invasive species, development, and recreational picking. Ongoing maintenance of the plant’s prairie and grasslands habitats helped support the paintbrush’s return to its native range in Oregon. Just this past summer it was removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened species while it’s still protected by the State’s recovery plan. Additionally, these striking yellow flowers support the Fender’s blue butterfly, which was proposed to be down-listed from endangered to threatened due to the species’ recovery in the Willamette Valley!

Photo credit to Mosa Neis, Pacific Rim Institute

Mika Aono

McDonald’s Rock-Cress

McDonald’s Rock-Cress is a beautiful flowering plant species recognizable by its large lavender, pink colored flowers. This plant species can be found in Northwest California and Southwest Oregon. The industry of nickel mining is one of the biggest reasons this species is endangered.

Photo Credit: Dwain Goforth, US Forest Service

Jordan Hogan