Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tofino Part Two - The Plants

Tofino, on Vancouver Island, is part beach paradise and part temperate rain forest. These trees were on the ocean edge at the Botanical Garden. Everything there is so damp that soil was forming in the branches high above the ground.

This hippy van looks like it will soon rot into soil too.

The Botanical Garden is home to many sculpture installations.

The trail down to Tonquin Beach was beautiful.

Apparently our most exciting plant find was this Vancouver groundcone which grows as a parasite on the roots of Salal.

This tiny flower looked like a small violet. Mum can you remind me what it was? Or anyone?

Wild strawberries were growing in the rocks on the beach.

I can't remember what these little wild aster type flowers were. Anyone?

My mum says:
The flower that looks like a violet is Pinguicula vulgaris and is
called common butterwort although it's not really very common. It can
survive on almost bare rock by 'eating' insects that stick to its

The small aster-like flower is, I think, Erigeron peregrinus, the
subalpine daisy, and can also survive on a thin diet.

Thanks Mum!


  1. Thanks for posting more pics. If I didn't know better and it wasn't for the hippy van and the wooden stairway, this could be an Amazon jungle with those sculptures very much a part of the setting.
    Those purple flowers are beautiful.

  2. I'm so, so jealous now!

    What an amazing looking place, Jean!

    I love nature and would kill to see this botanical garden in person one day!

    Thanks for sharing this with us!