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Random Plant: Yellow cryptantha

Yellow cryptantha (Cryptantha flava, Boraginaceae) can be found in many arid locations in the American west. This perennial inhabits open sandy areas from southern Wyoming down into northern Arizona and New Mexico. It features long, narrow, and densely hairy leaves that are … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Woolly locoweed

Like other locoweeds, woolly locoweed (Astragalus mollissimus, Fabaceae) gets its common name from a peculiar effect it has on grazing animals. This plant produces a toxin known as locoine, an alkaloid that causes sheep, cattle, and other herbivores to “go loco” and exhibit … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Scarlet globemallow

Native throughout arid regions of the North American west, scarlet globemallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea, Malvaceae) can be found inhabiting deserts, prairies, scrublands, and pinyon-juniper woodlands. This sun-loving perennial is highly tolerant to both drought and salinity, making it well-adapted to these xeric environments. The … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Cleftleaf wildheliotrope

Flowering from April through June, cleftleaf wildheliotrope (Phacelia crenulata, Hydrophyllaceae) can be found in desert shrublands and pinyon-juniper woodlands throughout the American southwest. The leaves of this plant are dark green, oblong, wavy, and lobed. They’re largest near the base … Continue reading

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Capitol Reef National Park

Centered around a 100-mile-long (161 km) wrinkle in the earth’s crust, Capitol Reef National Park preserves a region of south-central Utah that harbors beautiful landscapes as well as fascinating geology, cultural features, animals, and plants. The geologic history of this area can be traced back to … Continue reading

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Hickman Natural Bridge at Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

This brief clip captures the size of Hickman Natural Bridge at Capitol Reef National Park east of Torrey, Utah.  Recorded 04/12/2014.

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