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Wildflower ID Questions

Postby no2haven » Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:08 pm

Not sure where to put this, so feel free to move to a more appropriate forum.

I've recently gotten more into identifying the animals/flora I see on my backpacking trips. I've been using the Law's Field Guide...here's what I came up with on my recent excursion up Pine Creek Canyon to Granite Park and Italy Pass. Do these look correct? There are two I couldn't find in Law's Guide...

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Anderson's Thistle/W Tiger Swallowtail. ~7400', just above Pine Creek Pack Station

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Mountain Pride, ~9500' Pine Creek Canyon

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Mountain Larkspur, ~11400', Granite Park

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Western wallflower, ~11800', Granite park

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Unknown, ~12,200', Italy Pass

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Sierra Daisy, ~12,000' Italy Pass

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Yosemite Toad, ~11600', Granite Park

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Bitter Root, ~10300', above Upper Pine Lake

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Giant Red Paintbrush, ~10300', above Upper Pine Lake

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Nuttal's Linnanthus, ~9000', Pine Creek Canyon



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Re: Wildflower ID Questions

Postby no2haven » Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:10 pm

Two More. Thanks in advance!

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Brewer's Angelica, ~8000', Pine Creek Canyon

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Unknown, ~7500', Pine Creek Canyon. Might be a bush/small tree?
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Re: Wildflower ID Questions

Postby SSSdave » Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:26 pm

I find Laird Blackwell's book best for visually identifying Eastern Sierra wildflowers in the field.

Mountain larkspur has other common names but is penstemon heterodoxus.
Not bitterroot but rather red heather, phyllodoce breweri.
Unknown Italy Pass is roseroot, sedum rosea.
Pink unknown flower is a wild rose, rosa woodsii.
Sierra daisy is alpine dwarf daisy, erigeron pygmaeus.

http://www.davidsenesac.com/Closeups/digi_closeups.html
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Re: Wildflower ID Questions

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:01 pm

SSSDave wrote:
I find Laird Blackwell's book best for visually identifying Eastern Sierra wildflowers in the field.


Yes, Blackwell has quite a collection of books which are immensely helpful.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... +Blackwell
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Re: Wildflower ID Questions

Postby no2haven » Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:00 pm

Thanks for the book suggestions, I'll take a look at them.

I didn't have my guidebook while hiking, so had to do the IDs after the fact which makes it a bit harder to count petals, look at leaf details, etc. Thanks for the help - there's a lot of diversity once you get past the whole 'oooh, pretty!' aspect, so its a bit daunting. Plus, being a scientist I want to KNOW, not just guess...so of course I have to stop and try to document every new one I see. So much for fast hiking ...
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Re: Wildflower ID Questions

Postby SnowyMonk » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:49 am

Can anyone ID this flower? Saw this on the descent down to the West Ridge of Conness this past weekend. Really cool, as it was basically the only pink thing around... I thought it was a hat or something that someone left behind.

http://telek.smugmug.com/Climbing/Mt-Co ... MG4412.jpg
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Re: Wildflower ID Questions

Postby TehipiteTom » Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:18 pm

SnowyMonk wrote:Can anyone ID this flower? Saw this on the descent down to the West Ridge of Conness this past weekend. Really cool, as it was basically the only pink thing around... I thought it was a hat or something that someone left behind.

http://telek.smugmug.com/Climbing/Mt-Co ... MG4412.jpg

Rock Fringe, Epilobium obcordatum.
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Re: Wildflower ID Questions

Postby SnowyMonk » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:36 am

Thanx
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