Just for fun (as I haven't even identified most of the plants), here are some photos from a trip to southern Utah, between April 29 and May 5, 2012.
Wonderful desert scenery in the Price Canyon area, with Astragalus/Oxytropis and Lomatium(?) spp:
More scenery and sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata:
Physaria sp. growing in a shale bank:
Ephedra sp.; Yucca sp.;
Scenery and petroglyphs (disgusting that some cretin would deface this with his/her pathetic scrawlings):
Shepherdia rotundifolia (x2); unknown Brassicaceae:
Near Price, Utah, many interesting Boraginaceae - Cryptantha crassisepala(?); dried skeleton of Eriogonum umbellatum:
Gorgeous Castilleja sp. and scenery:
Cacti and more petroglyphs (proving that cretins have been around since at least 1932 ;-) ):
Skunkbush sumac (Rhus trifoliata):
A beautiful little natural rock garden:
Hymenoxys(?) sp., Mormon tea (Ephedra sp.) and scenery:
Oenothera caespitosa (x2); yellow miner's candle, Cryptantha flava (x2):
Astragalus sp.; Abronia argillosa(?) (x2):
View; Penstemon sp.; Opuntia sp.:
More amazing scenery!
Ipomopsis sp.; Erigeron sp.; Shepherdia rotundifolia:
Cliffrose, Purshia mexicana (x2):
Yucca sp.; Castilleja; Rumex hymenosepalus(?); Oenothera pallida:
Lygodesmia arizonica(?); no idea!; Cleome lutea; Gaillardia pinnatifida:
Beetle tracks; Lupinus; view:
The Physaria and Castilleja are my favourites Lori.
Very interesting how these plants must cope with the conditions. One wonders how deep their roots really are, and how much of that is due to the changing sands.
Lovely set of images Lori.
Lots of interesting plants and scenery!