Cassin’s Finch

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A challenging identification problem, at least for me, involves separating the Cassin’s finch (Haemorhous cassinii) from the purple finch (Haemorhous purpureus). These two finches to not overlap in the East. However, in the West there is limited overlap in the … Continue reading

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California Herperochiron

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A native perennial found throughout western United States, California hesperochiron (Hesperochiron californicus) grows in swales and other moist sites in the sagebrush steppe. It tolerates slightly saline conditions. Six to eight California hesperochiron leaves form a rosette above the short, … Continue reading

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Spiny Horsebrush

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In May, spiny horsebrush (Tetradymia spinosa) was flowering in profusion on the alkali flats along California Highway 299 east of Cedarville CA near the Nevada border (Modoc County). Spiny horsebrush is common throughout the arid regions of North America from … Continue reading

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Sierra Milkwort

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Recently Leonard and I came upon two wildflowers with “milk” in their common names. Milk kelloggia (Kelloggia galiodes) which I posted a week ago (Milk Kelloggia 07-17-17), is a native found throughout the western states. The other, Sierra milkwort (Polygala … Continue reading

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Whitestem Frasera

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A member of the Gentian Family, whitestem frasera (Frasera albicaulis) is a perennial, native wildflower found in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and Montana. Its habitat is the open plains and mountains between 4,000 and 6,000 feet in elevation. John … Continue reading

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Bush Chinquapin

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With only two species Chrysolepis or chinquapins in California, identification theoretically should be simple. Not so!  There is significant overlap between the species in the height they attain and in their gross morphology. One species grows to be a tree, … Continue reading

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Milk Kelloggia

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Walking along Modoc National Forest Road 40N11 near Adin CA (Modoc County), Leonard and I found an interesting little wildflower, milk kelloggia (Kelloggia galiodes). A native perennial, milk kelloggia is a member of the Madder Family found on dry benches … Continue reading

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