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Parry's Oxytrope (Oxytropis parryi)

Observer

lizzywenk

Date

June 2019

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Poison Canyon Stickseed (Hackelia brevicula)

Observer

jdmore

Date

July 28, 2016 12:47 PM PDT

Description

Poison Canyon stickseed, Hackelia brevicula, California, White Mountains, Cottonwood Basin, Poison Creek, Fishlake Valley drainage, elevation 2960 m (9710 ft).

This rare species is endemic to the White Mountains, almost entirely in Mono County, California, but getting into the northeast edge of Inyo County, California, and possibly the west edge of Esmeralda County, Nevada. Within this very limited geographic range, it is further confined to a zone mainly of higher montane and subalpine elevations between 2650 and 3150 meters (8700-10300 feet). Within this zone, however, it is locally common in mountain sagebrush, aspen woodland, riparian edges, and other habitats. Quite frankly it's hard to understand how it can be so rare, with its barbed, easily detached seeds that I pick out of my clothing whenever I hike through the area. (Maybe I should stop picking them out? ;-).

The common name, Poison Canyon stickseed, comes from the canyon where this image was taken. The type specimen was collected here (and later named) by Willis Lynn Jepson in 1917.

Uploaded from my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/

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Silver Rockcress (Boechera puberula)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

June 17, 2020 08:53 AM PDT

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Wavyleaf Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei var. pinetorum)

Observer

jdmore

Date

July 20, 2019 05:16 PM PDT

Description

wavyleaf paintbrush, Castilleja applegatei subsp. pallida, California, White Mountains, Coldwater Spring, Deep Springs Valley watershed, elevation 3060 m (10040 ft).

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Dwarf Alpine Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja nana)

Observer

mylan

Date

June 27, 2021 07:06 AM PDT

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What

Desert Bitterbrush (Purshia glandulosa)

Observer

carexobnupta

Date

April 27, 2018 11:26 AM PDT

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Antelope Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata)

Observer

jdmore

Date

June 24, 2014 05:14 PM PDT

Description

mountain bitterbrush, Purshia tridentata, unnamed high-elevation variant, White Mountains, elevation 3215 m (10545 ft).

This bitterbrush form is found at higher elevations in (at least) the southwestern portion of the species range, has often been called Purshia glandulosa, and has been a source of confusion between the two species. This form seems to intergrade only with Purshia tridentata, with which it shares flat and relatively thin (though mostly smaller) primary leaves with only narrowly inrolled margins. It gets confused with P. glandulosa because of its tendency toward primary leaves glabrous above with margins often ciliate-glandular, and glands more frequent on the hypanthia and peduncles, as seen clearly on this plant.

Purshia glandulosa, on the other hand, appears to be a completely distinct species centered around the Mojave Desert, and characterized by primary leaves strongly thickened and inrolled most of their width, and with upper leaf surfaces always glabrous and glutinous. It appears to flower later where it grows in proximity to P. tridentata, and intermediates have not been found so far.

Field observations are ongoing to determine whether mountain bitterbrush warrants a formal scientific name as a variety of Purshia tridentata.

Examples and comparisons:
www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/15125367974
www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/16653752647
www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/16835202736
www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/16859906822
www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/16208690804

Uploaded from my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/

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What

Two-colored Phacelia (Phacelia bicolor)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

June 12, 2021 10:29 AM PDT

Description

fremontii or bicolor. Growing on coarse volcanic rubble.

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What

Pinzl's Fleabane (Erigeron clokeyi var. pinzliae)

Observer

carolblaney

Date

September 24, 2018 04:45 PM PDT

Description

In the White Mountains Wilderness in a rocky area under pines, just above 11,000 feet

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Observer

mccreedy

Date

July 7, 2005 11:29 AM HST

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What

Leafy Leopardbane (Arnica chamissonis var. incana)

Observer

jdmore

Date

July 30, 2016 12:20 PM PDT

Description

silver arnica, Arnica chamissonis var. incana, California, White Mountains, McAfee Meadow, McAfee Creek, Fishlake Valley drainage, elevation 3568 m (11705 ft).

The White Mountains representatives of this species seem a little different from populations elsewhere, being uniformly shorter with fewer pairs of leaves, and sometimes being mistaken for Arnica parryi. The best fit appears to be a variant of var. incana, which otherwise occurs in wet places mainly along the Sierra Nevada and Cascade axis, eastward irregularly into the Great Basin. Like so many other species, it reaches its highest elevation limit here in the White Mountains, but also extends well down through the subalpine zone in appropriate habitats.

Uploaded from my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/

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Sierra Penstemon (Penstemon heterodoxus)

Observer

dmlawson

Date

June 30, 2018 03:29 PM PDT

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What

Sherman Pass Sulphur Flower (Eriogonum umbellatum var. canifolium)

Observer

jeffbisbee

Date

August 3, 2021 12:38 PM PDT

Description

Mat, inflorescence 1-order, leaves densely grayish-lanate on both surfaces. Growing with Eriogonum umbellatum var. subaridum (seen in last photo) and Eriogonum microthecum var. ambiguum

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What

Purple Cushion Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium var. purpureum)

Observer

ventanaphile

Date

June 25, 2016 12:17 PM PDT

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What

Booth's Willow (Salix boothii)

Observer

mattlavin

Date

July 4, 2019 03:17 PM MDT

Description

Staminate and pistillate shrubs are particularly evident this time of year with each catkin type bearing flowers at full anthesis, or nearly so. The glabrous reddish twigs and leaves equally green above and below are diagnostic of Booth's willow. This site lies in the North Bowl of the Bridger Bowl ski area, Gallatin Range, Gallatin County, Montana.

Booth's willow is a native shrub to 5 m tall and common along streams and lakes and generally in wetland areas from low to high elevations in western and south-central Montana. A shrub with a rounded canopy, twigs that are glabrous and yellowish, and leaves equally green on both surfaces are diagnostic of this species. Booth's willow is similar to yellow willow, Salix eriocephala (Salix lutea), except that the leaves are equally green on both surfaces in Booth's willow whereas the leaves are distinctly lighter green (glaucous) on the lower surface of the leaves of yellow willow.

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What

Botta's Pocket Gopher (Thomomys bottae)

Observer

fzhouzhe

Date

May 21, 2021 08:07 PM PDT

Description

Female peacock attacking a sagebrush vole at Floyd Lamb Park

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What

Snowfield Sagebrush (Artemisia spiciformis)

Observer

matsonburger

Date

September 5, 2015 01:04 PM PDT

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Timberline Sagebrush (Artemisia rothrockii)

Observer

tmessick

Date

October 13, 2018 02:08 PM PDT

Description

Artemisia, maybe A. rothrockii, maybe A. spiciformis. Youngest foliage seems glandular-sticky, but inflorescences are all dry with flowers gone from the heads. Edge of meadow near Dana Fork Tuolumne River, just south of the Mono Pass Trail, Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne County, CA, elev. 9590 ft.

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Mountain Mugwort (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. incompta)

Date

August 23, 2019 02:09 PM PDT

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What

River Redgum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)

Date

August 1, 2021 12:57 PM PDT

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What

Sticky-leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus ssp. viscidiflorus)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

August 4, 2020 10:14 AM PDT

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What

Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon)

Observer

ronvanderhoff

Date

March 19, 2020 05:10 PM PDT

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What

Clustered Lupine (Lupinus lepidus var. confertus)

Observer

matsonburger

Date

August 9, 2021 03:50 PM PDT

Description

not as hairy as some images, description mentions "strigose to shaggy hairy". Hairs too long for pratensis.

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What

Idaho Sedge (Carex idahoa)

Observer

matsonburger

Date

August 10, 2021 10:50 AM PDT

Description

This plant keys well to C.s.p in Jepson eFlora except it lacks hairs on the perigynia. Same for FNA. ???

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What

Common Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)

Observer

matsonburger

Date

August 10, 2021 09:16 AM PDT

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What

Cloud Sedge (Carex haydeniana)

Observer

matsonburger

Date

August 9, 2021 09:26 AM PDT

Description

Also resembles microptera which some descriptions suggest is hard to distinguish from haydeniana at high altitudes

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What

Juniper Haircap Moss (Polytrichum juniperinum)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 25, 2017 12:14 PM PDT

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What

Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Observer

rrash

Date

December 2020

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What

Cavernous Crystalwort (Riccia cavernosa)

Observer

kkellman

Date

September 18, 2019 11:45 AM PDT

Description

on mud of receding shoreline.

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What

Howell's Rockcress (Boechera howellii)

Observer

aspidoscelis

Date

July 6, 2008

Description

Boechera covillei (P.J.A. 853), trail to Ruby Lake from Mosquito Flat, east side of the Sierra Nevada, Mono County, California, 6 Jul 2008.

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Peirson's Tonestus (Tonestus peirsonii)

Observer

waywardtadpole

Date

August 2019

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What

Lupines (Genus Lupinus)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

July 21, 2020 02:47 PM PDT

Description

MDP 275. ID pending specimen determination. Locally abundant to dominant. Foliage densely white woolly, banner back white woolly, keel margin ciliate from center to tip, banner spot white, keel white with purple tip. Plants 15-30 cm tall.

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What

Timberline Sagebrush (Artemisia rothrockii)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

September 14, 2019 11:43 AM PDT

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What

Rock Mousetail (Ivesia saxosa)

Observer

damontighe

Date

June 3, 2017 11:33 PM PDT

Description

fresh flowers had tissue that fluoresced strongly under UV light

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What

Few-seeded Draba (Draba oligosperma)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

July 27, 2019 05:48 PM PDT

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What

Few-seeded Draba (Draba oligosperma)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

July 13, 2020 11:55 AM PDT

Description

Abundant in sandy flats of Bishop Pass area. Fruit hairs don't seem to match with subumbellata, but most other characters do. My best guess, and I can't fit it in any other Draba box. Comments and alternative IDs welcome! Note: located and photographed this species in an unsuccessful attempt to relocate a historical Draba sierrae record from this same location.

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Dwarf Alpine Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja nana)

Observer

adamschneider

Date

August 31, 2017 05:07 PM PDT

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What

Locoweed (Genus Oxytropis)

Observer

matsonburger

Date

July 30, 2016 02:37 PM PDT

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What

Bridal Veil Stinkhorn (Phallus indusiatus)

Observer

karthikeyan-r

Date

October 14, 2019

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What

Scented Shooting Star (Primula fragrans)

Observer

gg_smiley

Date

July 16, 2020 04:12 PM HST

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What

Water Awlwort (Subularia aquatica ssp. americana)

Observer

matsonburger

Date

August 2008

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What

Fleabanes and Horseweeds (Genus Erigeron)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

July 11, 2020 11:26 AM PDT

Description

Stem densely minutely glandular, also with short-stiff and ± spreading glandless hairs; phyllaries ± black-purple (in places), and base of phyllaries rather abrupt/flat

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What

Perennial Cryptanthas (Genus Oreocarya)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

September 14, 2019 12:31 PM PDT

Description

O. humilis or O. nubigena I think

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What

Wyoming Paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

July 20, 2020 04:37 PM PDT

Description

MDP 246. ID pending from specimen determination.

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What

Alpine Jewelflower (Streptanthus gracilis)

Observer

rickwalks

Date

August 2019

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What

Sharptail Bees (Genus Coelioxys)

Observer

keirmorse

Date

August 6, 2020 05:51 PM PDT

Description

Apparently gathering in this position to sleep for the evening. Noted in this position on several grass inflorescences. From a distance, it looked like the bees were a fungus growing on the grass inflorescence.

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Narrow-fruited Water-Starwort (Callitriche palustris)

Observer

matsonburger

Date

August 15, 2015 01:01 PM PDT

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What

Dwarf Phlox (Phlox condensata)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

July 21, 2019 02:04 PM PDT

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What

Bog Stitchwort (Sabulina stricta)

Observer

jdmore

Date

July 2016

Description

bog stitchwort, Minuartia stricta, California, White Mountains, McAfee Meadow, McAfee Creek, Fishlake Valley drainage, elevation 3566 m (11700 ft).

This mainly circum-arctic species has two isolated alpine outliers farther south in North America, one in Colorado, and one here in California, in the high alpine of the Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains. It is a very tiny and easily overlooked member of the wetland flora in these places.

Also visible in this image are leaves of White Mountains mousetails (Ivesia lycopodioides scandularis) and a fruit of slender whitlowcress (Draba albertina).

Uploaded from my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/

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What

Northern Dewstick (Roridula dentata)

Observer

magrietb

Date

September 24, 2018 12:02 PM SAST

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What

Douglas' Sedge (Carex douglasii)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

July 30, 2019 01:14 PM PDT

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What

Pinzl's Rockcress (Boechera pinzliae)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

July 2019

Description

MDP 27. Photographed within 50 m downstream of specimens represented within collection.

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Blue Dicks (Dipterostemon capitatus)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

April 18, 2019 11:39 AM PDT

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What

Splitgill Mushroom (Schizophyllum commune)

Observer

burgard

Date

April 15, 2020 06:46 PM PDT

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What

Masked Bees (Genus Hylaeus)

Observer

keirmorse

Date

September 2, 2018 12:43 PM PDT

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What

Daggerpod (Anelsonia eurycarpa)

Observer

mdpurdy

Date

July 27, 2019 05:36 PM PDT

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What

Hawaiian Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus ssp. sandwichensis)

Observer

rrash

Date

August 2019

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What

Mound Draba (Draba subumbellata)

Observer

matsonburger

Date

August 2019

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What

Pine Fritillary (Fritillaria pinetorum)

Observer

monobasin

Date

May 2019

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What

Dwarf Lewisia (Lewisia pygmaea)

Observer

hgern

Date

July 21, 2019 11:20 AM PDT

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What

Yellow Crazy Ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes)

Observer

peterxyooj

Date

September 11, 2017 03:29 PM HST

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What

Hawaiian Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus ssp. sandwichensis)

Observer

peterxyooj

Date

June 2017

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Observer

ronvanderhoff

Date

March 7, 2019 12:15 PM PST