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

Carolina Bugbane, False Bugbane, Tassle Rue, Western Bugbane, Wild Bugbane

Trautvetteria coaroliniensis var. occidentalis

Synonyms: Trautvetteria caroliniensis, Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. borealis, Trautvetteria grandis

Carolina Bugbane, False Bugbane, Tassle Rue, Western Bugbane, Wild Bugbane: Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. occidentalis (Synonyms: Trautvetteria caroliniensis, Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. borealis, Trautvetteria grandis)

The photo above shows a close-up of the flowers and upper stem leaves of tassel-rue. Photographed at the forest / meadow interface immediately to the north of Hellroaring Creek adjacent to the Island Springs Trail #66 on Yakama Nation lands at the southeastern corner of Mt. Adams.........July 17, 2005. Each flower lacks petals, the balls that are seen consisting of numerous, white stamens and styles.

Carolina Bugbane, False Bugbane, Tassle Rue, Western Bugbane, Wild Bugbane: Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. occidentalis (Synonyms: Trautvetteria caroliniensis, Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. borealis, Trautvetteria grandis)

The photo above shows a close-up side-view of the inflorescence of tassel-rue as seen at an area of moist seeps and marshes at about 4300' atop the ridge that separates the Cougar and Dairy Creek drainages at the southeastern corner of Mt. Adams.........July 10, 2005. On this species, the petals are absent and the 4-8 sepals soon fall, leaving behind a ball of long, white stamens and a central, greenish ball styles.

Basal leaf of Carolina Bugbane, False Bugbane, Tassle Rue, Western Bugbane, Wild Bugbane: Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. occidentalis (Synonyms: Trautvetteria caroliniensis, Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. borealis, Trautvetteria grandis)

The photo above shows the deeply lobed, simple-palmate leaf blade of tassel-rue as seen at an area of moist seeps and marshes at about 4300' atop the ridge that separates the Cougar and Dairy Creek drainages at the southeastern corner of Mt. Adams........July 10, 2005.

Carolina Bugbane, False Bugbane, Tassle Rue, Western Bugbane, Wild Bugbane: Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. occidentalis (Synonyms: Trautvetteria caroliniensis, Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. borealis, Trautvetteria grandis) - Carolina Bugbane, False Bugbane, Tassle Rue, Western Bugbane, Wild Bugbane: Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. occidentalis (Synonyms: Trautvetteria caroliniensis, Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. borealis, Trautvetteria grandis)

Tassel-rue as seen along the Strawberry Mountain Trail #220 near the boundary between the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount Saint Helens National Monument..........June 21, 2015.

Inflorescence of Carolina Bugbane, False Bugbane, Tassle Rue, Western Bugbane, Wild Bugbane: Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. occidentalis (Synonyms: Trautvetteria caroliniensis, Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. borealis, Trautvetteria grandis)

Inflorescence of tassel-rue as seen on the moist shoreline-forest edge interface at the eastern edge of Bench Lake, Tract D Yakama Lands on the east side of Mount Adams...........August 11, 2013.

Carolina Bugbane, False Bugbane, Tassle Rue, Western Bugbane, Wild Bugbane: Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. occidentalis (Synonyms: Trautvetteria caroliniensis, Trautvetteria caroliniensis var. borealis, Trautvetteria grandis)

Leaf blade of tassel-rue as seen along the Loowit Trail #216 between Sheep Canyon and the South Fork Toutle River crossing, Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument..........October 19, 2014.

Paul Slichter