Monday, October 3, 2011

Wonderful Workshop

The workshop in the Mojave was amazing. The weather was great and things were in bloom. We had a great group of professionals and enthusiasts and together we saw 37 rare plants in two days! That's a record for me. (Above, fields of Rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus).
The very rare Euphorbia exstipulata var. exstipulata, Clark Mountain Spurge, rank 2.1. This was one of our most exciting finds.
Jim Andre and Tasha La Doux of the Granite Mtns Desert Research Center were our instructors and chose excellent locations to show us and taught us a good deal about identifying summer and fall blooming desert plants.
One of my favorite rare plants of the trip, Ageratina herbacea, fragrant snakeroot, rank 2.3. The flowers smelled a lot like oatmeal cookies with raisins! Yum.

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