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Thanks for the input, Lori and Todd, I also have photographs of an Anemone from farther up the road I'll post as well; I think I will dig back to another I photographed in the region last year in mid summer, and I think I was thinking of that as parviflora, which seemed very different from these--for one thing, it was in a little patch with flowers rising from basal leaves (full developed) but I may a) be remembering it wrong and b) not have identified it certainly-- but that's why I was thinking these had to be something very different.. I'll dig up those other photos for your comments, may or may not get them done tonight...lolOh yeah--more of this Anemone in another spot some metres--in a totally different zone- away, those will be coming up too...

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Okay, so here are some more shots of the Anemone from nearby at the Columbia Icefield site-- a bit farther up slope, in an older plant community, still growing in Arctostaphylos rubra.. looking at them now, I see most of the emerging leaves do look quite rounded, and not linear divisions as I thought they were--good thing the camera records better than I remembered ;)

 

I think I had leaves more like this next one in mind-seems more linear, but will these still widen as they mature to look wider like the others, or is there variation in leaf division in parviflora?

Then, some distance up the road --maybe a half hour to drive? Similar altitude, but a much more mature site, with trees on part of it, and some exposed ridges (the main part of that to come another day)Would these be the same species, or more than one species?

     

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I was digging to see if I happened to get those Anemones with mature leaves when I was at that site (Columbia Icefield) in late June, last year..no luck, but I thought I'd show what the Arctostaphylos rubra (files corrected to not say 'salix' anymore..lol) a bit later in the year.. still great colour...

 

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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They all look like A. parviflora to me... the last two photos looks like the plant has been distorted by something?

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Skulski wrote:

the last two photos looks like the plant has been distorted by something?

Who knows--snow? frost? stepped on by wildlife?..lol Though in person, the flower looked a little abused, the plant just seemed much 'bushier' .. I gather some parviflora can have  more divided leaves such as this.. I think my first view of the species was three toothed lobes without the deeper divisions.. I'm going to dig for those photos, watch them have more divisions too...lol

Here are two shots from 2010, another site again, presumably this is also parviflora, though flowering with leaves fully developed, in a cluster rather than the exclusively single plants I saw at the Columbia Icefield later in the year, but in May this year, the spot these plants were growing in June last year, behind some trees overlooking a waterfall, still had some deep snowbanks!

 

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Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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The plants above--maybe 15-20cm tall? are the largest of those I've shown, the others no more than 10cm, though not fully developed; here is the first I saw, in 2009, much lower elevation (same site mentioned earlier, near the roadside 'lake' with Primula mistassinica and Dodectheon etc).here it was, if anything, even smaller, maybe under 10cm..I see the stem leaves look about the same as the others, I've had in mind all this time the basal leaves, which you can't see much in these pictures, but I have a couple of tiny seedlings (and staying that way..lol), and clearly lost track of the reality of the adult plants!

 

While we are on Anemones, from that same 2009 trip, what would you call this? I'd said Pulsatilla occidentalis at the time, but that can't be right, this is from a dryish foothill/montane slope, not the moist alpine slopes they are supposed to inhabit, and probably leaves aren't dense enough, either... just a sparse, small Anemone multifida? (single stem)

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Skulski wrote:

They look like A. parviflora to me too. Here are some photos of A. drummondii var. lithophila ("A. lithophila"):http://www.rmrp.com/Photo%20Pages/AA/Anemone%20drummondii%20var%20lithop...http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/ShowDBImage/gallery.aspx?page=0&specrep=0&code...

Thanks, yes I've seen those/similar photos, I looked them up when I was first looking.... the plants I photographed with developed leaves I assumed were parviflora, but some of those with undeveloped leaves seemed more divided to me, and I was thinking of parviflora as lobed and toothed, not divided as well, as I mentioned above.. no doubt variation in such a widespread plant (parviflora)...

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Okay, still at the Columbia Icefield, a bit farther away from the glacier (where a few metres could mean many years--the retreat is around 1.5km in the last 125 years), across an internal roadway; the plant communities are similar but with some plants not seen at the first section...

https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/AlbertaRockyMountainsMay312011...

One plant I'd been hoping to see was a small pea I'd seen just finished flowering last year.. I was in luck, and it was in full bloom this year..Maybe Oxytropis podocarpa? I could claim even less knowledge of these various peas than the Anemones, so please, any comments/corrections are very welcome :)PS-- I'll see if I can find a pic of a seedpod from last year (later, off to work now!)At first I only saw one or two plants in low spots between mounds of till (Lori, I was calling these linear mounds moraines--is that correct, or does that term only apply to the major landscape features as opposed to these smaller mounds which could be several metres high and some tens of metres long (maybe more, but not the major things I saw in aerial views while looking at melt rates!)? But then found more of them some metres away.... Great to see this miniature, no more than a couple of inches high in flower..

   

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https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/AlbertaRockyMountainsMay312011...

This little cress (Draba sp?) I doubt I recorded enough detail to make much of an id, unless its a common/recognisable plant) was not common at this site-- I saw this  patch in the barren gravel near a signpost, then another later, a bit upslope laterally, in an older plant community..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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