Category Archives: Wildflowers

Scabland Fleabane

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A scabland is rough, barren, volcanic topography with thin or no soil and little vegetation. These scabland fleabane (Erigeron bloomeri) specimens were growing in a dry, disturbed, rocky site on the east side of California Highway 299E near the junction … Continue reading

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Naked Broomrape

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Leonard and I are planning a trip to Oregon. Naked broomrape (Orobanche uniflora) is a plant that eluded us and we were told where we might find them in Oregon. Meanwhile, last Tuesday we returned to some scab land on … Continue reading

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Bristled Downingia

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Vernal pools are ephemeral habitats that form in winter and are completely dry by summer. They contain sufficient water in the spring to deter upland plants and are dry in the summer so no marsh plants survive. As a consequence … Continue reading

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Elegant Rockcress

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Elegant rockcress (Boechera arcuata) is a native, perennial in the Mustard Family (Brassicaceae). It is endemic to California and often considered a variety of Boechera sparsiflora. However, geographic range and characteristics of the hairs justify giving elegant rockcress its own … Continue reading

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Brown Bells

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Brown bells (Fritillaria micrantha) arise from a large bulb with fleshy scales. This native perennial is a member of the Lily Family (Liliaceae). It is endemic to California, specifically to the dry, western slopes of the Sierra Nevada between 1,000 … Continue reading

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Waterfall False Buttercup

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Recently waterfall false buttercup was moved from Ranunculus to Kumlienia. Thus the scientific name of this native perennial is seen as both Kumlienia hystricula and Ranunculus hystriculus in the literature. Thure Ludwig Thoedor Kumlien (1819 – 1880), a pioneer ornithologist … Continue reading

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Sierra Mock Stonecrop

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Below Tueeulala Falls along the Wapama Trail, which follows the shoreline of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (Yosemite National Park CA), are carpets of petite plants growing only a few centimeters tall – Sierra mock stonecrop (Sedella pumila). The genus Sedella contains … Continue reading

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