On Sunday April 12, 2015 a couple of folks from the Basin and Range Project joined the Nevada Native Plant Society in the search for the elusive Carson Valley monkeyflower (Erythranthe carsonensis). We found a handful of these plants, well roughly 100. Apparently on years with good precipitation the area will be blanketed in thousands of these little, gorgeous, bright yellow flowers. But this year they were few and far between.
These monkeyflowers were way smaller than I expected and based on the photos I've seen. They were about the size of my pinky nail. Since I only had my iPhone 5s to shoot with my photos of this tiny plant area bit blurry.
These plants are limited to the foothills of Carson and Eagle Valleys with a disjunct occurrence in the Red Rock area north of Reno. They are threatened in Nevada by habitat loss from development and abundance of non-native plants in it's habitat. They are recommended for listing as critically endangered by the state of Nevada.
Also, see below for more photos from the field trip.
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