Basal Rosette, pilose leaves close-up—the epithet 'pilose' comes to us
from the Latin, pilus, for hair. As a botanical description, pilose is used for long,
soft hairs, like the one pictured above. Useful for protection against the mountain
cold, and evidently for holding on to waterdrops of assorted sizes. One can only
marvel at the adaptive intelligence of the world of plants.
South of the Wallowa Range, Oregon . . .
On the road in the American Northwest.

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Photograph by Cliff Crego © 2007
(created: XI.5..2007)