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Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Castilleja linariifolia

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 01:57 PM PDT

Description

Dry, rocky soil along crest of ridge northwest from Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, south of Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8660 ft.

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What

One-seeded Pussypaws Calyptridium monospermum

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:50 PM PDT

Description

Single rosettes with multiple inflorescences. Subalpine scrub; northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8550 ft.

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What

Pinewoods Lousewort Pedicularis semibarbata

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:53 PM PDT

Description

Edge of conifer forest on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8530 ft.

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What

Mountain Hemlock Tsuga mertensiana

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 03:07 PM PDT

Description

Edge of conifer forest on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8530 ft.

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What

Davis' Knotweed Aconogonon davisiae

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:59 PM PDT

Description

Edge of conifer forest on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8530 ft.

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What

Sunflower Mule-Ears Wyethia helianthoides

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 03:40 PM PDT

Description

I came looking for this after seeing observations posted by @mtash. I was too late to find it in flower, but indeed, this appears to be Wyethia helianthoides — far beyond its expected range of the northern Great Basin and eastern OR to western WY (http://intermountainbiota.org/portal/collections/map/googlemap.php?usethes=1&taxa=105471). There is, apparently, one other location documented in Glenn County, CA (http://intermountainbiota.org/portal/collections/individual/index.php?occid=6654723&clid=0). As of 2018, however, it's not even listed in the Jepson eFlora (http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=659). One has to wonder if it was planted here on Blue Lakes Road, either deliberately or inadvertently, following some road work, perhaps when the meadow-protecting boulders were brought in (sometime before 2005, based on Google Earth imagery).

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What

Royal Penstemon Penstemon speciosus

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:20 PM PDT

Description

On ridge northwest from Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, south of Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8650 ft.

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Observer

tmessick

Date

July 8, 2018 09:19 AM PDT

Description

Galls on leaves of Wyethia mollis. Searching for this on the internet, I found this is probably from the nematode Anguina balsamophila. It can also infect Balsamorrhiza sagittata. Photos here show both leaf surfaces, galls cut open with nematodes visible (under dissecting scope), and nematodes (approx. 1.5 mm long) on millimeter ruler.
Observation made on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8600 ft.

References:
http://nemaplex.ucdavis.edu/Taxadata/G006s3.aspx
https://books.google.com/books?id=BGvlBwAAQBAJ&pg=PA302&lpg=PA302&dq=Anguina+balsamophila&source=bl&ots=b-WXjc66lx&sig=3UZHf34jTskVdT2ERsMU12vhk8A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwietpTVpcveAhVuZN8KHbHjAIwQ6AEwBnoECAIQAQ#v=onepage&q=Anguina%20balsamophila&f=false

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What

Spearleaf Stonecrop Sedum lanceolatum

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:02 PM PDT

Description

Dry, rocky soil along crest of ridge northwest from Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, south of Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8640 ft.

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What

Nettle-leaf Giant Hyssop Agastache urticifolia

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 01:26 PM PDT

Description

Sheltered from wind by Symphoricarpos shrubs, in dry, rocky soil along crest of ridge northwest from Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, south of Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8660 ft.

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What

Fernleaf Biscuitroot Lomatium dissectum

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 01:28 PM PDT

Description

Dry, rocky soil along crest of ridge northwest from Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, south of Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8660 ft.

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What

Stemless Goldenweed Stenotus acaulis

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 01:23 PM PDT

Description

Dry, rocky soil along crest of ridge northwest from Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, south of Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8650 ft.

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What

Mountain Coyote Mint Monardella odoratissima

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 01:04 PM PDT

Description

Subspecies are known to intergrade or hybridize in the high Sierra. This appears to key to subsp. glauca (http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=51619).
Subalpine scrub; northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8600 ft.

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Square

What

Prettyface Triteleia ixioides

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 12:49 PM PDT

Description

Subalpine scrub; northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8500 ft.

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What

Northern Sanicle Sanicula graveolens

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 12:48 PM PDT

Description

Subalpine scrub; northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8560 ft.

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What

Tapertip Hawksbeard Crepis acuminata

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 11:22 AM PDT

Description

Northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8300 ft.

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What

Oregon Sunshine Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 11:28 AM PDT

Description

Northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8300 ft.

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What

Redding's Wild Buckwheat Eriogonum spergulinum var. reddingianum

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 12:12 PM PDT

Description

Open areas in montane scrub on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8480 ft.

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What

Phlox Family Family Polemoniaceae

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 12:15 PM PDT

Description

Open areas in montane scrub on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8450 ft.

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What

Nine-spotted Ladybug Coccinella novemnotata

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:18 PM PDT

Description

Nine-spotted? (ID using the Adalia app.) White margin on front of pronotum is thin, but present. Central suture is dark. Front-most pair of black spots is present, but extremely faint.
Found among flowers of a perennial lupine on ridge northwest from Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, south of Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8650 ft.

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What

Dune Horsebrush Tetradymia tetrameres

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 15, 2018 08:18 AM PDT

Description

In sand of stabilized dunes, north side of Mono Basin, along Dobie Meadows Road, Mono Basin, Mono Bounty, CA, elev. 6800 ft. With Atriplex canescens, Eriogonum nummulare, scattered Juniperus osteosperma.

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What

Fourwing Saltbush Atriplex canescens

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 15, 2018 08:27 AM PDT

Description

In sand of stabilized dunes, north side of Mono Basin, along Dobie Meadows Road, Mono Basin, Mono Bounty, CA, elev. 6800 ft. With Tetradymia tetrameres, Eriogonum nummulare, scattered Juniperus osteosperma.

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What

Western White Pine Pinus monticola

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 17, 2018 11:01 AM PDT

Description

Conifer forest along Snow Creek Trail in Yosemite National Park, approx. 0.6 mile north of Hwy 120, Mariposa County, CA, elev. 8660 ft.

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What

Red Fir Abies magnifica

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 17, 2018 11:04 AM PDT

Description

Conifer forest along Snow Creek Trail in Yosemite National Park, approx. 0.6 mile north of Hwy 120, Mariposa County, CA, elev. 8660 ft.

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What

Short-stemmed Bastard-Sage Eriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum

Observer

tmessick

Date

October 12, 2018 12:35 PM PDT

Description

In an area that burned a few years ago, north end of Slinkard Valley, along State Route 89, 1.9 road miles west of US 395, Mono County, CA, elev. 5630 ft.

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What

Low Pussytoes Antennaria dimorpha

Observer

tmessick

Date

April 21, 2015 11:18 AM PDT

Description

In soil between volcanic boulders, hillside near turnout on State Route 89 east of Monitor Pass in Mono County, CA, elev. 7600 ft.

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Square

What

Shepherd's-Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris

Observer

tmessick

Date

June 18, 2018 12:38 PM PDT

Description

Along the disturbed edge of a service road (where it serves also as the Burnside Lake/Charity Valley Trail), on the north side of Hot Springs Valley, west of the campground, Grover Hot Springs State Park, Alpine County, California, elev. 5900 ft.

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What

Low Pussytoes Antennaria dimorpha

Observer

tmessick

Date

May 20, 2017 08:25 AM PDT

Description

In sagebrush scrub near north end of road NF-046 (road to Masonic), Lyon County, Nevada, elev. ~5830 ft.

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What

Black Cottonwood Populus trichocarpa

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 29, 2016 11:38 AM PDT

Description

Edge of Bodie Creek floodplain, in sagebrush scrub, beside State Rte 3c, 0.9 mile southwest of Fletcher, Mineral County, Nevada, elev. 6120 ft.

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What

Parrothead Indian Paintbrush Castilleja pilosa

Observer

tmessick

Date

June 3, 2018 11:29 AM PDT

Description

Dry Lakes Plateau, among sagebrush south of the southeastern lake, Bodie Hills, Mono County, CA, elev. ~8300 ft.

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