The illusive flowering pine?

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Date Photo Taken: 07/05/2016
Location: Mt. Ranier, Washington State
Posted By: Dolores Wiens


This looks like the pine family, but the flowers are a disctintively different color than I would expect. This was found on Mt. Ranier.


  1. Dolores Unregistered says:

    I have heated from several sources that this is Pink Mountain Heather. Can you confirmed this?

    January 13th, 2019 at 2:28 pm
  2. Dolores Wiens Unregistered says:

    I understand from two sources in the research I’ve done that the plant is an Alpine shrub that is named Pink Mountain Heather. Wikipedia calls it that and says further, “This common (in its native bioregion) evergreen alpine shrub bears its red-purple flower clustered at the end of the stem in leaf axils.” What you see in my photo is buds of the Pink Mountain Heather. From the pic on Wikipedia, it looks like as the buds open, the purple fades out to pink.

    January 13th, 2019 at 4:12 pm
  3. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    I wish I could see more details of the plants i.e. open flowers, the whole plant and its height. For now I could only guess that this maybe pink moutain heather in the heath family (Ericaceae) (?). Check out species in the mountain heath/mountain heather genus (Phyllodoce) and see if you have a match. Best wishes!

    January 13th, 2019 at 4:35 pm
  4. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Link to the Phyllodoce genus.

    January 13th, 2019 at 4:36 pm
  5. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Oops, I wasn’t able to see your posts when I logged on. I think you got it Dolores!

    January 14th, 2019 at 11:12 am

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