Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hulsea vestita A. Gray subsp. parryi (A. Gray) Wilken

Parry's Sunflower

Found in the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains, Hulsea vestita ssp. parryi is a mountain rare plant. Distinctive characteristics include wooly leaves, and pumpkin orange to reddish inflorescence. The typical habitat for these plants includes talus slopes, gravel and sagebrush to fir forests.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Juniperus occidentalis Hook.

Western Juniper

Ranging in size from large shrub to trees, western junipers are beautiful and gnarly plants. Found growing between roughly 325-10500 ft. thought out the eastern edge of the state, western junipers can achieve an impressive height. The "berries" of this species are in fact modified, fleshy cones, as junipers are gymnosperms, and do not produce a true fruit like that of an angiosperm (flowering plant).

Western juniper, like most junipers, is classified by the California Poison Control System as being a minorly toxic plant.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Rhodiola integrifolia Raf.

Ledge stonecrop

Found in the mountains and fell-fields of the Sierra Nevadas, Rhodiola integrifolia Raf. is a perennial herbaceous plant. Like most Crassulaceae, this plant has a fleshy, succulent look.