Endemic to the mountains of southern Arizona and New Mexico. My favorite Micranthes so far!
Not a Micranthes
This species grows all the way to Washington but I made one collection in Arizona with hopes of comparing it to more northern populations.
Botanizing in the Sierra Nevada
Looking for Micranthes nidifica near Sonora Pass. Couldn't find the plant in bloom but not a bad place to spend the afternoon. Way in the distance you can see the snow covered White Mountains.
Easily one of my favorite flowers! It has taken me years to find due to its camouflage and low growth habit but I came upon a steer's head (Dicentra uniflora) while combing the ground for Micranthes. The leaves give this plant away as a member of the poppy family (Papaveraceae) but the unique floral structure is the most striking feature.
Using hand lens to look at Micranthes flowers. Photo by W. Schneider.
Keying out Micranthes
Home sweet home
Camping on the Klamath River
On the way to Warren Peak just outside of Yosemite
I had been searching hours for a Micranthes (that I never found) when I stumbled upon Calypso bulbosa (identified for me by Oregon Botany Expert Amy Golub). Pretty cool find!
Along the PCT in southern Oregon
Field of flowers!
Not a bad place to key plants
Ready to be pressed
Mountain Lady Slipper orchid
This species was practically impossible to key. The closest I got was M. occidentalis. Which is a highly variable species but I just don't know. Hopefully phylogenetics can help sort this out!
Using a rope to make it up a steep, wet, muddy slope between King and Elk Mountains in Tillamook State Forest.
Cold and rainy in the Pacific Northwest but the flowers are great!
M. hitchcockiana amongst an array of wildflowers!
Not a Micranthes
Mt. Rainier through the clouds
Field of fawn lillies
Lion's Rock in Oregon
Polemonium rising from the ash
This is the heartiest Polemonium californicum I have ever seen. There were probably hundreds of clumps of it. This area burned 3 years ago allowing for a really spectacular post-fire bloom
It has not petals.
You too can bag Mt. Warren
Hiked to the top of Mount Warren outside of Yosemite. Saw Micranthes aprica and M. odontoloma on the way. Pretty glorious.
I have seen the very distinct leaves of this species along streams for over a month now, but I finally found some plants in bloom above Lee Vining
See the white spider?
I un-scientifically refer to this plant as the Micranthes from space. No other Micranthes has this succulent of leaves or bright red stems. This population was collected on a rocky slope leading to Magee Peak and there were no other flowering plants growing on the slope. Very strange/awesome.
If you look closely you can see two faint yellow dots on the petal. This is important for identifying M. idahoensis. Additionally the shape of the filaments is noticeably clavate or club-shaped.
One of the reasons Idaho is so great is that alpine flowers begin much lower than I am used to - around 7000'. It still takes some work to get up there but nothing like what I was dealing with in the Sierra Nevada.
Micranthes tolmiei from Snowpack Mountain in Idaho. A different look from the population collected of this taxa in California. At various points in history there were different varieties of M. tolmiei and I can now see why.
One of my favorite hikes this summer. Absolutely beautiful.
M. occidentalis and Sawtooth Lake
Possibly the most glorious Micranthes photo I have taken this summer. 13 mile round trip hike to get it but definitley worth it.
Taken on the trail to Sawtooth Lake outside of Stanley, Idaho.
Climbed to the top of the tallest peak in the Bitterroot Range - Trapper Peak. Found 3 Micranthes on the way! At my knee is M. ferruginea.
View from Trapper Peak (I think)
I don't know what this says about me, but at the moment I can't actually remember where I took this epic shot. I'm pretty sure I'm standing on Trapper Peak but I need to double check my collection notebook to confirm. Too much glory in one summer I guess.
Polemonium viscosum with Borah Peak in background
Lots of Polemonium viscosum on the way to the top of the highest peak in Idaho! Lots of glory!
Trail above storm lake
Pretty excited to find this species. In the world, only known from the Bitterroot Mountains in Montana!
This taxa has hot pink flowers!
M. subapetala with bear grass in the background
The big white puffballs in the background are Xerophyllum tenax = bear grass. They are fire followers and they show up en masse!
Micranthes bryophora (in Idaho!)
Micranthes bryophora has been considered two different varieties whether you collect it in California or Idaho. I now have collections from both states so let's see if I can resolve this mystery.
Found a tiny patch of this species on my way down from Lolo Peak (a pretty great peak bag outside of Missoula, MT). If I had walked ten feet on either side of this patch - as I did on my way up the peak - I would never seen it. Glad I did - it is a beautiful specimen!
M. idahoensis in fruit
The red parts of the flower are the developing fruits of the plant.
Phacelia for Genevieve
A colleague, Genevieve K. Walden, from my masters at SFSU is all things Phacelia. Pretty sure this is the common Phacelia sericea but I'll have her confirm that. Check out her website for her current research at UC Berkeley here http://www.genevievekwalden.com.
My favorite Saxifrage that is not a Micranthes
This is a Parnassia. My guess is Parnassiapalustris var. montanensis but I am not for sure. Anyhow, check out that sweet petal fringe!
This looks like the rock in the Lion King
Before the storm
Snapped this photo on a hike just outside of yellowstone. Found two Micranthes up there but this shot of Aquilegia flavescens (Yellow Columbine) stole the show.
Gentians are cool too
I seriously considered a project studying Gentians. I mean just look at this Arctic Gentian (Gentiana algida) - so cool!
Campanula for Nico
My advisor Nico Cellinese is a Campanula aficionado so I snapped this photo for her on the Sawtooth Plateua in Montana.
Photo from my final hike of a most glorious field season! I had sworn to never wear my torn, tattered, and no longer comfortable or waterproof hiking boots ever again by this hike. Resulting in this sweet getup.
A good season
All of my plant presses stacked in my parent's garage at the end of my field season on my way back to Florida via Iowa.