Plants of the Bodie Hills, 2023 Edition

Plants of the Bodie Hills, January 2023 Edition, is now available on the Downloads page (a free PDF). As in previous years, the new edition contains additions, corrections, nomenclatural updates, and refinements to the keys. A key to genera in the grass family (Poaceae) has at last been added.

New additions to the flora this past year are:

  • Astragalus platytropis (Broad-keeled milkvetch)
  • Eatonella nivea (Woolly bonnets or White false tickhead)
  • Eriogonum cernuum (Nodding wild buckwheat)
  • Glossopetalon spinescens var. aridum (Spiny greasebush) (Crossosomataceae)
  • Polemonium occidentale ssp. occidentale (Western polemonium)
  • Sporobolus cryptandrus (Sand dropseed)

Plants that had been expected and were finally found in the Bodie Hills in 2022 were:

  • Arceuthobium divaricatum (Pinyon dwarf-mistletoe)
  • Chaenactis macrantha (Mojave pincushion)
  • Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana (Miner’s lettuce)
  • Festuca octoflora (Sixweeks fescue)

Many of these finds were made not by me, but by others posting their observations to iNaturalist (thanks to all who do this!). All observations within the Bodie Hills can be seen HERE.

As before, you have two options for how to use this document: 1) load the PDF onto a mobile device or 2) print the PDF yourself.

  1. Using a mobile device: I’ve found the PDF to be quite readable on my iPhone (in the Books app), although it helps that I’m near-sighted. It’s even easier to read on an iPad, other tablet, or laptop.
  2. Printing the PDF: You can print the PDF yourself or at a local print shop. I highly recommend printing the 124 pages 2-sided to conserve paper and reduce bulk and weight in the field. A comb or spiral binding, binder clip, or other binding will hold it together.

Your additions, corrections, comments, or questions are always welcome.

Here are a few plants I was pleased to see last year while roaming the Bodie Hills:

Cleomella hillmanii

Polemonium occidentale

Lomatium foeniculaceum

Stylocline psilocarphoides

Cymopterus globosus

Claytonia perfoliata

Amsinckiopsis kingii


Copyright © Tim Messick 2023. All rights reserved.

One response to “Plants of the Bodie Hills, 2023 Edition

  1. When I explored the Bodie area, I found some of the above that you highlighted Now I can go back and re-look at them.
    Thanks

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