Friday, August 18, 2017

An album with a floral few gems from Northwestern Wyoming from this summer...

Aquilegia jonesii (right), Eritrichium elongatum (left)
I have been very lucky to have friends in Cody, Wyoming who've enabled many of us at Denver Botanic Garden to host ten or so tours to the fantastic mountains surrounding that wonderful town. These are just a few of the pictures I took last summer on two of the trips I led summer winds down it's fun to take a fond look back...I hope you'll enjoy them a fraction as much as I did taking these! Names and locations are with each picture...
Penstemon glaber (foothills of the Bighorns)

Penstemon laricifolius (foothills of the Bighorns)

Calohortus nuttallii (foothills of the Bighorns)

Penstemon aridus (foothills of the Bighorns)
Pulsatilla patens (on the Medicine Wheel trail)

   Pulslatilla patens (albino on the Medicine Wheel trail)

   Eritrichium elongatum (on the Medicine Wheel trail)

   Kelseya uniflora on cliff (on the Medicine Wheel trail)

   Kelseya uniflora closeup (on the Medicine Wheel trail)

Physaria (Lesquerella) paysonii (on the Medicine Wheel Trail)

Douglasia (Androsace) montana (on the Medicine Wheel trail)
   Ranunculus eschscholtzii and Veratrum rosette (on the Medicine Wheel trail)

Lithospermum ruderale (on the Bighorn Highway)

Potentilla pensylvanica (on the Bighorn Highway)

Lupinus sp. (on the Bighorn Highway)

Penstemon rydbergii (on the Bighorn Highway)

Fritillaria pudica (Clay Butte)

Viola nuttallii (Clay Butte)

Opuntia polyacantha (St. Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center hillock)

Eriogonum pauciflorum ssp. nebraskense (St. Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center hillock)

Penstemon eriantherus (Yellowstone highway)
Chaenactis douglasii (Yellowstone highway)

Packera sp. (Yellowstone highway)
Packera sp. (Yellowstone highway)

Polemonium pulcherrimum carpeting the shore of Yellowstone Lake

Polemonium pulcherrimum

Antennaria sp. (Yellowstone Falls)

Wyethia helianthoides (Yellowstone Falls)

Erythronium grandiflorum (Yellowstone Falls)
Potentilla cf. concinna (Yellowstone Falls)

Phyllodoce empetriformis (Beartooth highway)

Potentilla sp. (Beartooth highway)

Geum rossii (Beartooth highway)
Castilleja pulchella (Beartooth highway)
Pedicularis oederi  (Beartooth highway)
Silene acaulis Albino (Beartooth highway)

Smelowskia calycina (Beartooth highway)

Draba sp. (Beartooth highway)

Heuchera cylindrica (Beartooth highway)

Hulsea algida (Beartooth highway)
Astragalus kentrophyta ssp. implexus (Beartooth Highway)

Antennaria aromatica (Beartooth Highway)

Chaenactis alpina (Beartooth Highway)

Erigeron sp. (Beartooth Highway)

Sunset in Cody

Some Bison bison at Yellowstone

Cystopteris fragilis (Yellowstone)

Helianthella quinquinervis (Mt. Washburne, Yellowstone)

Floral cornucopia (Mt. Washburne, Yellowstone)

Floral cornucopia (Mt. Washburne, Yellowstone)

Eriogonum flavum (Mt. Washburne, Yellowstone)

Geranium viscosissimum  (Mt. Washburne, Yellowstone)

Penstemon rydbergii (Mt. Washburne, Yellowstone)

Erythranthe (Mimulus) lewisii (Mt. Washburne, Yellowstone)

That's it for now!


  1. Do you know what the iris is in the photo of the lupine along Bighorn Highway?

    1. The only iris native to the Great Plains, Rocky Mts.and Intermountain region (probably half of the continental US when combined) is Iris missouriensis. It makes up in quantity what it lacks in genetic diversity! There are countless thousands of acres carpeted with it!


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