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Plants found in the vicinity of the Railroad Bridge Park
and the Dungeness River Natural History Center

A survey in August 1991, by Pat Holden.

The common names for trees that are highlighted in color and underlined are hyperlinks to photographic images of examples of those trees from "Trees of the Dungeness" by Steve Koehler. Each can be displayed by clicking the highlighted term, then clicking the browser's BACK button to return to the text. Alternatively, the whole set of examples used here can be seen (at reduced size) and a reference to Koehler's interactive computer program work obtained by clicking Trees . (There are slight nomenclature differences between Holden's text and Koehler's image labels, and a different willow species is shown.

Major Trees
Common Name
Scientific Name
Western Balsam Poplar, Black Poplar, Black Cottonwood Populus trichocarpa Hook cottonwood

Red Alder

Alnus rubra

red alder


Salix hookeriana



Salix scouleriana

Occasional Trees
Common Name
Scientific Name

Bigleaf Maple

Acer macrophyllum

big leafmaple

Grand Fir

Abies grandis

grand fir

Douglas Fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii

douglas fir

Western Red Cedar

Thuja plicata Donn ex d. Don

western cedar

Understory Shrubs
Common Name
Scientific Name
Sea Spray, Ocean Spray Holodiscus discolor
Indian Plum or Osoberry Osmaronia cerasiformis
* Blackberry Rubus thrysanthus
* Blackberry Rubus vitifolius
Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis
Thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus
Gooseberry Ribes menziesii
Fireweed Epilobium augustifolium
Strawberry Fragaria chiloensis
Elderberry Sambucus racemosa var. arborescens
Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium
Low Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa
Snowberry Symphoricarpos alba var. laevigatus
Wild Rose Rosa nutkana

Common Name
Scientific Name
Sword Fern Polystichum munitum var. munitum
Lady Fern Anthyrium filix-femina
Licorice Fern Polypodium glycyrrhiza
Bracken Fern Pteridium aquilinum pubescens

Common Name
Scientific Name
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Pussy Toes Anaphalis margaritacea
* Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
* Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense var. horridum
Bleeding Heart Dicentra formosa
Indian Paintbrush Castilleja hispida var. hispida
False Solomon Seal Smilacina racemosa
Stinging Nettles Urtica lyalli
Horsetail Equisetum arvense
Bladder Campion Silene cucubalis

* = Exotics (Additional exotic plants found on the site and intended to be removed were Scotch Broom, Morning Glory, and Scruffy Bamboo).