04-20-16 Phenology Field Note

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04-20-16 Phenology Field Note

April 20, 2016

Prairie Wolfe's field note shows sporophytes, bitterroot seedlings, and maturing Buttercup Seeds

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Phenology Field Note Sporophytes, Bitterroot Seedlings, Maturing Buttercup Seeds April 19, 2016 Prairie Wolfe

Phenology locations

Areas above Sheepcamp Draw show high sagebrush seedling establishment (Artemisia tridentata, Native).

Moss reproductive structures, known as sporophytes, have species-specific forms. Brilliant red setae and bright green capsules tower over leaves of this common biocrust moss (Gemmabryum caespiticium).

Bitterroot seedlings establish around a mature individual (Lewisia rediviva, Native).

Delicate anther sacs of ballhead waterleaf stretch beyond the petals. It’s easy to miss these compound flowers hidden below the foliage (Hydrophyllum capitatum, Whaley).

Henbit deadnettle has expanded throughout the North Pivot. This weedy mint, found in agricultural fields, is unlikely to spread to other areas (Lamium amplexicaule).

Balsamroot seedlings litter the landscape. Once established, individuals can live up to 100 years (Balsamorhiza sagittata, North Ridge).

Sagebrush buttercup senesces in dry areas. Immature seeds remain green (Ranunculus glaberrimus, Floodplain).

Glorious and golden, the flower racemes of Oregon grape jut above fir green leaves (Mahonia repens, Floodplain).

water droplet on leaf

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