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:
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!