[The Lily Family in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard

Xerophyllum tenax

Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii

Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)

Bear grass as seen on the lava bed above Red Rock Pass, Mount Saint Helens National Monument........June 9, 2015.

Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii) - Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)

Bear grass as seen along Trail #238A above Red Rock Pass, Mount Saint Helens National Monument........June 9, 2015.

Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii) - Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)
Bear grass blooming along the uppermost part of the loop of the South Fork Tieton River Trail #1120, Goat Rocks Wilderness........July 21, 2016.

Inflorescence of Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii) - Inflorescence of Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)

The photo at left shows a close-up of the inflorescence of beargrass as seen along the Butte Camp Trail, Mount Saint Helens National Monument............July 9, 2013. The photo at right shows the inflorescence of beargrass as seen along the Butte Camp Trail, Mount Saint Helens National Monument............July 9, 2013.

Flower of Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)

A close-up of a flower of beargrass as seen along the Butte Camp Trail, Mount Saint Helens National Monument............July 9, 2013.

Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii) - Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii) - Inflorescence of Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)

Beargrass blooming near Observation Peak, Gifford Pinchot National Forest.............June 22, 2013.

Inflorescence of Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii) - Inflorescence of Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)

Beargrass beginning to bloom along the Chinook Trail #808B on the west side of Silver Star Mountain, Gifford Pinchot National Forest..........June 3, 2016.

Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii) - Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)

Beargrass in bloom along the Timberline Trail at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area......July 6, 2019.

Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)

Bear grass blooming along the Goat Ridge Trail #95, Goat Rocks Wilderness.......July 12, 2018.

Bear Grass, Common Beargrass, Western Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum tenax (Synonyms: Helonias tenax, Xerophyllum douglasii)

Bear grass blooming along the Soda Peaks Lake Trail #133, Trapper Creek Wilderness........July 8, 2018.

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Paul Slichter