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Toothed Downingia

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Although winter is far from over here in Northeastern California, Leonard and I notice some vernal pools already forming. Vernal pools are seasonal bodies of water that usually form in the spring from winter rains and snow melt runoff. Vernal … Continue reading

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Needle Navarretia

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Bach’s downingia, which I mentioned in my last post, is a resident of vernal pools and inhabits the depressions in our pastures that take longer to dry in the spring. Needle navarretia (Navarretia intertexta) also occurs in vernal pools and … Continue reading

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Bach’s Downingia

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Vernal pools, those seasonal bodies of water (see my 6-6-2012 post) so common in our area (Modoc County CA), are beginning to dry as summer approaches. Drying wet flats and vernal pools support a host of very small wildflowers. To … Continue reading

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Vernal Pools

Vernal pools are contained, natural depressions that lack an above ground outlet or inlet. Covered by shallow water for variable amounts of time, particularly during the winter and spring, vernal pools are home to many plants and animals that are … Continue reading

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