Central Sierras

Here’s a  quick post from a whirlwind two-day trip to the central sierras. I was focused on collecting tissue from plants in the Onagraceae family from three genera: Camissonia, the miniature sun cups, which pretty much all look like this Camissonia sierrae alticola (Mono Hot Springs Sun Cups, which is a super rare plant),

Camissonia_sierae_alticola

Gayophytum, the Groundsmokes, which pretty much all look like this Gaypohytum eriospermum (Covelle’s Groundsmoke, locally common in the central and southern Sierras)

Gayophytum_eriospermum

and Clarkia, which are super diverse in appearance. This Clarkia williamsonii (Fort Miller Clarkia), is in my opinion, the showiest species in the Farewell-to-Spring group (formerly in the genus Godetia), and is currently blanketing the roadsides of the central Sierran Foothills.

Clarkia_williamsonii

I didn’t have a ton of time to botanize for fun, but I will always stop for Polemoniaceae. Three highlights from this family with three-lobed stigmas: Ipomopsis aggregata bridgesii (Bridges’ Scarlet Gilia)

Ipomopsis aggregata bridgesii

Polemonium californicum (California Sky Pilot)

Polemonium_californicum

Navarretia viscidula (Sticky Pincushionplant)

Navaretia_viscidula_1

And, sticking with threes, here are three other plants that caught my fancy, all of which are common in the Sierras.

Streptanthus tortuosus (Mountain Jewelflower, Brassicaceae)

Streptanthus_tortuosus

Pectiantia breweri (Brewer’s Miterwort, Saxifragaceae)

Pectiantia_breweri

Collinsia tinctoria (Tincture Plant, Plantaginaceae)

Collinsia_tinctoria

The Tincture Plant is covered in glands that stain your hands brown.

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