[Buckwheats: The Genus Eriogonum in Mt. Adams Country]

Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks, Oarleaf Buckwheat

Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum

Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum, Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum,Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. pyrolifolium

Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

The photo above shows a close-up view down onto a very large specimen of alpine buckwheat as photographed along the South Climb Trail on Mt. Adams..........August 23, 2008.

Other Locations This Species is Seen on Mt. Adams:

This species is widespread on Mt. Adams from just below treeline to well up into alpine habitats.

1. Along the upper sections of the Shorthorn Trail # 16.

2. Along the upper sections of Trail #183 above Cold Springs Campground and upwards to the toe of the Crescent Glacier.

3. In open areas along the Round the Mountain Trail # 9 along the south side of Mt. Adams from Bird Creek Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows.

4. Along the Pacific Crest Trail along the west side of Mt. Adams below the Adams Glacier.

5. Above the Highline Trail #114 on open slopes below the Lava Glacier and in the Devils Garden.


Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum) - Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

The photo at left shows alpine buckwheat as seen near 6900' along the Highline Trail #114 near the eastern branch of the Muddy Fork Creek on the northern slopes of Mt. Adams........July 11, 2005. The photo at right shows alpine buckwheat blooming along the Round the Mountain Trail #9 near the junction with the South Climb Trail #183, Mount Adams Wilderness........August 30, 2018.

Close-up of the inflorescence of Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

The photo above shows a close-up side-view of the inflorescence of alpine buckwheat as seen near 6900' along the Highline Trail #114 near the eastern branch of the Muddy Fork Creek on the northern slopes of Mt. Adams..........July 11, 2005.

Basal leaf of Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

The photo above shows a close-up view of the upper leaf surface of alpine buckwheat as seen near 6900' along the Highline Trail #114 near the eastern branch of the Muddy Fork Creek on the northern slopes of Mt. Adams.........July 11, 2005.

Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum) - Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

The photo above shows a close-up of the inflorescence and leaves of alpine buckwheat as seen near Little Mt. Adams.........July 17, 2006. Note the ovate leaves with long petioles and the green dorsal leaf blades.

Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum) - Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

Alpine buckwheat as seen along the Climber's Trail between the Bird Creek Meadows trailhead and Hellroaring Overlook, Mount Adams.........July 20, 2015.

Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum) - Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

Alpine buckwheat as seen at left near Little Mt. Adams..........August 13, 2012. The photo at right shows alpine buckwheat blooming at the base of the terminal moraine for the Adams Glacier, Mt. Adams Wilderness........August 6, 2017.

Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum) - Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

Alpine buckwheat blooming at left on sandy soils between High Camp and the terminal moraine of the Adams Glacier, Mount Adams Wilderness..........August 19, 2013. Alpine buckwheat blooming at right on sandy soils near 7200' above the terminal moraine of the Adams Glacier, Mount Adams Wilderness.........July 18, 2018.

Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum) - Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

Alpine buckwheat as seen on gravelly slopes high above upper Crooked Creek basin, Mt. Adams, Yakama Nation lands........September 2, 2017.

Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum) - Alpine Buckwheat, Dirty Socks:Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. coryphaeum (Synonyms: Eriogonum pyrolaefolium var. coryphaeum, Eriogonum pyrolifolium var. bellingeranum)

Alpine buckwheat blooming on sandy-gravelly soils between 6800-7000' near the eastern rim of upper Killen Creek basin, beneath the North Cleaver of Mt. Adams..........August 11, 2016.

Paul Slichter