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Flowers in the Aspen Groves

Sierra-Nevada, California

Aspen groves in the Sierra Nevada have been studied to figure out what wildflowers are only to be found in aspen groves. The current study is being completed through the University of California at Davis (UC Davis).

Forty-nine wildflowers have been identified that are only found in aspen groves in the Sierra Nevada. Some of the more showy flowering species are presented here. Through the UC Davis study, aspen groves have been found to have a greater diversity of plants than the surrounding conifer forest or nearby meadows.

Photo Gallery

Click the thumbnail images below to see larger images of the flowers.

  • Western columbine (<em>Aquilegia formosa</em>). Photo by T. Kuhn.

    Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa). Photo by T. Kuhn.

  • Hairy arnica (<em>Arnica mollis</em>). Photo by T. Kuhn.

    Hairy arnica (Arnica mollis). Photo by T. Kuhn.

  • Giant red Indian paintbrush (<em>Castilleja miniata</em>). Photo by T. Prendusi.

    Giant red Indian paintbrush (Castilleja miniata). Photo by T. Prendusi.

  • Jessica sticktight (<em>Hackelia micrantha</em>). Photo by T. Prendusi.

    Jessica sticktight (Hackelia micrantha). Photo by T. Prendusi.

  • Shasta lily (<em>Lilium pardalinum ssp. shastense</em>). Photo by T. Kuhn.

    Shasta lily (Lilium pardalinum ssp. shastense). Photo by T. Kuhn.

  • Feathery false lily of the valley (<em>Maianthemum racemosum</em>). Photo by T. Prendusi.

    Feathery false lily of the valley (Maianthemum racemosum). Photo by T. Prendusi.

  • Starry false lily of the valley (<em>Maianthemum stellatum</em>). Photo by T. Kuhn.

    Starry false lily of the valley (Maianthemum stellatum). Photo by T. Kuhn.

  • Tiling's monkeyflower (<em>Mimulus tilingii</em>). Photo by T. Kuhn.

    Tiling's monkeyflower (Mimulus tilingii). Photo by T. Kuhn.

  • Water minerslettuce (<em>Montia chamissoi</em>). Photo by T. Kuhn.

    Water minerslettuce (Montia chamissoi). Photo by T. Kuhn.

  • Nose skullcap (<em>Scutellaria antirrhinoides</em>). Photo by T. Kuhn.

    Nose skullcap (Scutellaria antirrhinoides). Photo by T. Kuhn.

  • Lettuce wirelettuce (<em>Stephanomeria lactucina</em>). Photo by T. Kuhn.

    Lettuce wirelettuce (Stephanomeria lactucina). Photo by T. Kuhn.

  • Small white violet (<em>Viola macloskeyi</em>). Photo by T. Kuhn.

    Small white violet (Viola macloskeyi). Photo by T. Kuhn.

Flowers in the Aspen Groves…