Nevada - Utah Desert Wildflower Reports 2023


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2023 Southern Ca. Wildflower Reports

Jan 1 2023 DesertUSA Reports: Happy New Year. The outlook for the wildflower season looks good at this point. 10% chance of rain today.




2022 Wildflower Reports Nevada and Utah

May 24 2022 Marcus Report: As the Fremont's Phacelias fade out and go to seed, Esteve's Pincusions are now the dominant wildflower in the San Antonio Mts. of Central Nevada at elevations between 6,200' and 6,500'.  All photos taken on 24 May 2022.

May 18 2022 Alain Report: Red Claret at Stansbury Island, Utah.

May 8 2022 Loren Report: Lovell Canyon, Nevada, 5/3 - All of these were at least 4 miles from the trailhead and there are spots where the trail isn't clear--no novices!

Apr 21 2022 Marcus Report: In the San Antonio Mountains of central Nevada, at elevations around 6,500', Fremont's Phacelia are now in abundance as are Cryptantha.  Milk Vetches are less common. Futher out in the foothills of Ralston Valley at elevations around 5,800',  Phloxes and Buckwheats are beginning to make an appearance.

Apr 21 2022 Allen Report: We went to the Rogers Spring area of Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Thursday, April 14.  A few faithful Bear Paw Poppies we’re blooming, but the star of the day was Indigo Bush.  It was lush and beautiful.  A friend drove over from Boulder City and said the highway was lined with Indigo, way more than usual.

Apr 15 2022 Marcus Report: In the Mt. Butte area southwest of Tonopah, NV, at an elevation of about 5600', the Bud Sage is in full bloom. Picture taken 4/13/22

Meanwhile, closer to Tonopah, the Joshua trees are beginning to bloom
with most plants in the green bud stage.

Cryptantha are becoming more prominent (despite their incredibly tiny size!)

Apr 15 2022 Leon Report: Utah - Observed just a single blooming Bearclaw Poppy in White Dome Nature Preserve on April 6. Observed just few blooming Bearpaw Poppies in Gold Butte area, Dune Primroses in Little Finland area, Lots of Filaree fields near Highway 6 north and south of Delta.


Apr 15 2022 Margarita & Merci Report: We decided to hike middle Oak Creek trail off highway 159 in the Red Rock Conservation area just last Friday April 8th. Relatively easy hiking.  Water was flowing in the creek. Saw several frogs.  Merci screamed when she happened onto a Gopher snake.  It was small.  But she was afraid it's "mother" might be nearby.  A nice variety of flowers were seen.  Wild Rhubarb. Four O'Clocks. Paintbrush + others.


April 4, 2022 Marcus reports: Wildflowers are beginning to make their appearance in the Tonopah, NV area.  I found these on the south slope of Mt. Butler at an elevation of about 6,300 feet on 1 April 2022.


2021 Wildflower Reports Nevada and Utah

April 2 Steve reports: I live in Yerington, Nevada and harvested Joshua Trees south of Tonopah some 10-15 years ago. Most of the 15 trees we transplanted survived and for the first time all are blooming. I'm including some pictures taken this morning, 4/2. The first of the pictures (IMG_0912.jpg) shows what appears to be a pollinating insect. Can you confirm?

Joshua trees (and most other yuccas) rely on the female pronuba Moth (Tegeticula) for pollination. No other animal visiting the blooms transfers the pollen from one flower to another. In fact, the female yucca moth has evolved special organs to collect and distribute the pollen onto the surface of the flower. She lays her eggs in the flowers' ovaries, and when the larvae hatch, they feed on the yucca seeds.

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Jan. 29 DesertUSA reports: Lots of snow in the parks in Utah.



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