Friday, May 23, 2008

Red Butte Natural Area May 17, 08

Great time out. Special thanks to Faye for all the facinating information she brings to a tour of The Natural Area. Its the info about the one bee species the larvae of which can live on bundles of Zigadenus paniculatus pollen/nectar blobs that stands out most to me. When info changes the way I percieve I know I've trully learned, thanks.

I got the Mystery Mustard plant pictured here figured out, its Arabis holboellii or Holboell Rockcress. Many Arabis are being called Bochera's now and this is one of them. I like saying Bochera holboellii so I think I'll adopt the new taxonomy.

I'll list the families then plants we talked about within the group.


Indian Carrot


Mountain Dandelion

Arrowleaf and Cutleaf Balsamroot

Erigeron divergens

Senecio integerrimus Columbia Groundsel

Mules's Ear


Oregon Grape

Boraginaceae (the family of the day)

Cryptantah humilis

Hackelia patens

Contra Stoneseed

Mertensia brevistyla


Arabis/Bochera holboellii

Dyer's Woad

Lunaria annua Money plant


Astragalus cibarius

Astragalus utahensis

Lathyrus sp.

Vica americana


Erodium cicutarium Fillaree or Stork's bill


Golden Currant

Hydrophyllaceae Phacelia family

ahydrophyllum capitatum

Hydrohyllum occidentale


Fritillaria atropurpurea

Fitillaria pudica

Feathery False Lilly of trhe Valley


Oenotherea ceaespitos Tufted Evening Primrose

Polygonaceae Buckwheat Family

Eriogonum umbellatum

Rananculaceae Buttercup Family

Delphinium nuttallianum Larkspur


Utah Serviceberry

Antelope Bitterbrush


Apache plume (in formal garden)

Santalaceae Sandalwood Family

Bastard Toadflas


Flanel Mullen


Viola beckwithii (ok, we didn't really see this one but we we're honored to be in it's presence)

See ya all at the Cardiff Fork day!