Wildflower Diary 1

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Sagebrush Buttercup.
5/16/08
Throughout the area in bright sun in open areas. This is the first flower to bloom.
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Wyoming Kittentails.
5/17/08
Not far behind in time, this is an early bloomer. Found on one Northern facing hill overlooking south shore of Henry's Lake. Beautiful very small plant.
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Glacier Lily.
5/17/08
Along Red Rock Road, after snow melt. Will soon be in the forest meadows as the snow recedes. This is all over the area, esp in wet areas. Also known as Yellow Fawn Lily. MORE
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Yellow Bell.
5/17/08
along path in a notable wildflower meadow (meadow #1) about 1/2 mile west of the RV Park hidden within a blanket of Glacier Lilys. (Fritillaria Pudica) MORE
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Alpine Shooting Star.
5/17/08
Also known as the "Pretty shootingstar" along path in meadow #1. Not blooming on 5/19/08. MORE Later at Mile Creek (MT), I found a hybrid (peppermint variety) and a white shooting star. Here's a variation next door in Meadow Vue Ranch June 20 appearing in a large field of similar flowers. (Dodecatheon pulchellum)
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Leafy Bluebells.
5/24/08
Bluebells in a f amily called Mertensias is among sagebrush on Meadow VueRanch,overlooking Henry's Lake near the RV Park. Most specimens are 2 to 3" tall. MORE
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Spreading Phlox.
5/24/08
Spreading Phlox among sagebrush on Meadow Vue Ranch,overlooking Henry's Lake near the RV Park. Grow in mats 1 to 2" tall.
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Western Spring Beauty.
5/25/08
Found 6 miles west of RV Park, near Red Rock Pass at about 6870 feet near Idaho/ Montana border in wet area among Glacier Lilies. Also in Meadow #1 near RV Park. MORE (Claytonia lanceolata)
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Vase Flower.
5/27/08
In Meadow #1, only two specimens in bloom today, also called Sugarbowls or leatherflower. MORE On June 29th, see the final stage of this flower here as a wispy silvery flowerhead. (Clematis hirsutissima)
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Bulbiferous Prairie Star.
5/27/08
In Meadow #1, the bloom is not yet fully developed but a few specimens are blooming. Very small plant.(Lithophragma glabrum) MORE
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Arrowleaf Balsamroot.
5/27/08
In Meadow #1, just a couple specimens starting to bloom. MORE for later season specimens in full-bloom. (Balsamorhiza sagittata)
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Upland yellow violet.
5/27/08
Just a couple specimens blooming today in Meadow #1. Small flower about 3/4". Another found today above Henry's Lake. Also known as the Goosefoot Violet or (Viola praemorsa) MORE
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Purple Avens.
5/27/08
Grandfather's Beard, Prairie Smoke are other names. I found this early bloomer directly above the south side of Henry's Lake. Soon it will be all over the place, but now it is rare. (Geum triflorum) MORE The later seed head is also very attractiive. Once the seed head is gone, the flower is still giving.
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Nine-leaf lomatium.
5/27/08
Found in the area above south shore of Henry's Lake. Lewis & Clark first discovered these in Idaho.
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Nutall's Rockcrest.
5/27/08
Found a few specimens above south shore of Henry's Lake among Sagebrush.
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Ballhead waterleaf.
5/28/08
Hidden under other plants, this small but beautiful plant was found in Meadow #1. Only a few specimens at this time. The flower hides under the large leaves. (Hydrophyllum capitatum)
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Fairy-Bells.
5/28/08
On the trail up to Meadow #1 next to Aspen Tree this one specimen was found. (Disporum)
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Mountain Sorrel.
5/29/08
A beautiful plant that accents the meadows with bright red stalks. Only a very few specimens starting now in the ranchland pasture next door.
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False Soloman's Seal.
5/31/08
A cluster of very small flowers at the tip of a pretty leafy plant. Only a couple specimens so far in Meadow #1, but will soon be in the forest across the street. (Smilacina racemosa) See later specimen that is more mature. See seed stage Aug 3.
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False Soloman's Seal.
5/31/08
I will include mushrooms that I find though they are technically not wildflowers, but still very interesting flora. This one (Aleuria aurantia) was in meadow #2 (above #1) under aspen trees in a very damp location. I also found this high in the forest across from the RV Park.
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Pixie Goblets.
5/31/08
These interesting "Cladonias" are a type of fungus with stalks that resemble golf tee's. They were found in meadow #1 next to the Orange Peel Mushroom under trees.
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Unidentified Mushrooms.
5/31/08
Unidentified mushrooms (covered with ice) about 3" tall, found along RedRock Road next to the RV Park hidden in the grass.
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Hooked Violet.
5/31/08
This tiny plant was found at Mile Creek, MT (about 23 miles from the RV Park under other larger plants) along the creek.
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Cushion Phlox.
6/1/08
Similar to Cushion Phlox. Appears in a low leafy mat with many flowers. This was the only flower in bloom in the mat so far. This mat was the only similar specimen in meadow #1 that I could find.
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Blue-eyed Mary.
6/1/08
A very tiny beautiful blue and white flower on a long stalk.. In meadow #1, only specimen in the area that was blooming. (Collinsia parviflora)
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Unidentified mushrooms.
6/1/08
A cup like brown mushroom blooming in the darker part of the forest floor in meadow #1. The only specimen in the vicinity.
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Western Meadow Rue.
6/1/08
This flower was found across the street from the RV Park, up in the forest. This is the pre-blooming state of the meadowrue. This is a particularly colorful specimen.
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>Nuttall's rockcress??.
6/1/08
Small little flowers still developing. Found in meadow #1. I'll follow up to see what it might be as it matures. This could be Nuttall's rockcress (Boechera nuttallii); MORE
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