Flora

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14 June 2002, top of Leadville Canyon, near Leadville turnoff, 5800 ft, Washoe Co.: with Artemisia arbuscula (dwarf sagebrush) were Balsamorhiza hookeri (hairy balsamroot) nearing the end of its flowering period, lots of Castilleja pilosa (hairy paintbrush), Aster scopulorum (rock aster), Erigeron linearis (desert yellow fleabane), Erigeron chrysopsidis (dwarf yellow fleabane), Lupinus (lupine), and the fruits of Astragalus obscurus (arcane milkvetch) were difficult to detect lying along the ground. Ann Pinzl, Natural History Collections Services

14 June 2002, Leadville Canyon, 4800 ft, Washoe Co.: on the side slopes Tetradymia glabrata (little leaved horsebrush), Calochortus bruneaunis (Bruneau mariposa lily) and Helianthus cusickii (Cusick sunflower) were in bloom. Below, a vetch (Lathyrus lanszwertii?, Nevada vetch) climbed up into the streamside willows, and while in flower, a few fruit were forming. Ann Pinzl, Natural History Collections Services

14 June 2002, Black Rock Desert, near Mud Meadow Reservoir, at a sandy location, 4325 ft, Humboldt Co.: the main shrubs were: Sarcobatus vermiculatus (greasewood), Artemisia spinescens (budsage), and Grayia spinosa (spiny hopsage). There was an abundance of sandy-site annuals in flower: Tiquilia nuttallii, Gilias, Glyptopleura marginata (carveseed or peanut butter plant), Lupinus pusillus intermontanus (rusty lupine), Nama aretioides (purple mat), Malacothrix glabrata (desert dandelion), Chaetadelpha wheeleri (Wheeler skeletonweed), Eriogonum maculatum (spotted wild buckwheat), Camissonia claviformis cruciformis (suncup), Camissonia parvula (Lewis River suncup), Abronia turbinata (transmontane sand verbena), Canbya aurea (golden pygmy poppy), Mentzelia sp. (stickleaf), and Gayophytum sp. (groundsmoke). Orobanche (broomrape) was just about finishing blooming. Ann Pinzl, Natural History Collections Services

13-14 June 2002, Black Rock Desert, various locations in the Soldier/Mud Meadow area, 4400 ft, Humboldt Co.: Lotus purshianus (Spanish clover) just beginning to flower, was by ditches and along some drainage courses, Tetradymia glabrata (little leaved horsebrush) was common and in flower, Camissonia boothii alyssoides (shredding suncup) was common in some spots while Camissonia tanacetifolia (tansy-leaved suncup) was at moister, or previously moister, drainages, also along a previously moist, channeled drainage were Lupinus sp. (lupine), Monardella odoratissima (mountain mint) starting to flower, Brickellia oblongifolia (narrowleaf brickellbush) in bud, Eriastrum sp. (woollystar), Eriophyllum lanatum achillaeoides (woolly yellow daisy), Iva axillaris (povertyweed), Cryptantha pterocarya (wing nut) with most of the flowers having set fruit, and old stems of Mentzelia laevicaulis (blazing star). Ann Pinzl, Natural History Collections Services

13-14 June 2002, Black Rock Desert, various locations along the Soldier Meadow road, 4400 ft, Humboldt Co.: there were showy occurrences of Stanleya pinnata (prince's plume) and Cleome lutea (yellow bee plant). Ann Pinzl, Natural History Collections Services

13 June 2002, Black Rock Desert, Wagner Springs, 4000 ft, Humboldt Co.: by the piped springhead were Mimulus guttatus (common yellow or seep monkeyflower) which were quite tall and very showy, Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (watercress) in flower and fruit, and Berula erecta (cutleaf ater parsnip). Sisyrinchium halophilum (Nevada blue-eyed grass) was growing amid Melilotus (sweetclover) and grasses (Poaceae). Sarcobatus vermiculatus (greasewood) was in flower. Just a bit north of the springs, Eriogonum heermannii humilius (Heermann wild buckwheat) was in flower. Ann Pinzl, Natural History Collections Services

13 June 2002, Black Rock Desert off Soldier Meadow road, ca 4000 ft, Pershing Co.: in sand, both loose and packed were Artemisia spinescens (budsage) at the end of its flowering time, Tetradymia glabrata (little leaved horsebrush) in flower throughout the region, Sarcobatus vermiculatus (greasewood), and Kochia americana (greenmolly). There were a few annuals such as Eriastrum eremicum (desert woollystar), Chaetadelpha wheeleri (Wheeler skeletonweed), Eriogonum maculatum (spotted wild buckwheat), and a few depauperate Camissonia claviformis cruciformis (suncup). Ann Pinzl, Natural History Collections Services

halophylic (salt-loving) plants

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