Plants & Wildflowers

Playa phacelia

Alkaline Lake Vegetation Surveys – 2022

The shorelines and shallow waters of many of eastern Oregon’s shallow alkaline lakes contain a distinctive flora that has been incompletely explored. These plants appear as water levels in the lakes begins to drop in May, and many have flowered and begun to dry up by mid to late June.

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Written by Peter Pearsall/Photo by Jennifer Strickland/USFWS Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) got its start on American soil in the 1890s, transported from its native Eurasia in grain shipments across the Atlantic.

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Wildflowers of Spring

“Efflorescence” Sere hills blaze with light:nothing so beautiful andnuminous as spring Limpid desert breezesuffused with heady bouquetof floral perfume Here today and gonetomorrow, a fleeting treatfor all our senses The

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