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Leonard and I were first introduced to Petrophytum caespitosum in October while visiting Great Basin National Monument in Nevada as “rock spiraea”. It was growing along the Mountain View Nature Trail.¬† Hmmm. . . We were familiar with a “rock … Continue reading

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Smooth Willowherb

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Smooth willowherb, smoothstem fireweed and glaucous willowherb are just three of the colloquial names used interchangeably for Epilobium glaberrimum and its two subspecies glaberrimum and fastigatum. In June Leonard and I found specimens between the North and South Elkins Barns … Continue reading

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Female Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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A “tiny, plump neurosis with feathers” is how the ruby-crowned kinglet is described in Birds of Northern California by Quady et. al. (2015). This hyperactive bird is constantly flitting about while flicking its wings. Ruby-crowned kinglets (Regulus calendula) are among … Continue reading

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Dwarf Mountain Groundsel

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When Leonard and I climbed Mount Lassen in August, we saw groundsel plants high on the mountain near the summit. When I tried to identify these plants I wandered into a taxonomic muddle. First I determined that this was Senecio … Continue reading

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Pygmy Rabbit

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Found in the Great Basin and some adjacent intermountain areas between about 4,000 and 7,000 feet, pygmy rabbits (Brachylagus idahoensis) usually remain in dense cover, rarely venturing out into the open. Therefore¬† Leonard and I were surprised to see one … Continue reading

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A native of Asia (China, Russia), halogeton (Halogeton glomeratus) is now naturalized throughout the American West and is considered a noxious weed. I read a theory that postulated the Soviet Union dropped halogeton seeds from spy planes onto Western rangelands … Continue reading

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Lemon Balm

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A native of Southern Europe, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has naturalized throughout the world. It can be found in most of North America except through the central part of the continent. Cultivated for ornamental and medicinal purposes, in the wild … Continue reading

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