Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ookow at Fort Steilacoom Park

On Monday, the first day of summer, our family went for a nature walk at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, WA.  I took some pictures, and over the next week or so I'll try to post a few pictures every day from our walk.

The first pictures are of the ookow flower.  Isn't that a fun name?  More specifically, these are pictures of the fork-tooth ookow,  or dichelostemma congestumWikipedia says,
Dichelostemma congestum is a species of flowering plant known by the common name ookow or fork-toothed ookow. This perennial wildflower is native to the hills and mountains of western North America. Its tall, thin, naked stem is topped with an inflorescence packed densely with six to 15 flowers, each about a centimeter wide and long, with usually six petal-like lobes in shades of bright purple.
 I think they are especially pretty because they are such a lovely color. 


Don't they have long stems?

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