Flora / Fauna, Death Valley National Park

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  • Death Valley, Chuckwalla lizard
    Death Valley, Chuckwalla lizard
    by Martinewezel
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    Desert Five-Spot
    by mcpangie
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    Gravel Ghost
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    Beavertail cactus

    by JLBG Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Beavertail cactus Opuntia basilaris is a very common cactus in the Death Valley and is also well known as an indoor plant all over the world. Everybody that have once grown indoor plant has grown a Beavertail cactus, which means that it is easy to grow and requires little care

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    Desert Gold

    by mcpangie Written Mar 24, 2005
    Desert Gold

    Favorite thing: Another close-up of the flowers that were making such a stink this summer. Ha. They really did have a strong, but not unpleasant aroma.

    Fondest memory: If you'd like to see more flowers, I have a travelogue featuring the flowers I found while... Crawling Around in Death Valley

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    Desert five-spot

    by mcpangie Updated Mar 24, 2005
    Desert five-spot

    Favorite thing: Desert five-spot (Eremalche rotundifolia) from a distance... not a long distance. They are small plants.

    Fondest memory: If you'd like to see more flowers, I have a travelogue featuring the flowers I found while... Crawling Around in Death Valley

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    Desert Gold

    by mcpangie Updated Mar 24, 2005
    Desert Gold

    Favorite thing: It was difficult to take a macro shot of the Desert Gold (Gerea canescens) because... the wind was always blowing. But at the visitors center, there were some quiet spots that were sheltered.

    Fondest memory: If you'd like to see more flowers... my fondest memories of the March 2005 trip... I have a travelogue called:

    Crawling Around in Death Valley

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    Tiny White Daisies

    by mcpangie Updated Mar 24, 2005
    He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

    Favorite thing: This flower wasn't in the "guidebook" that I bought...

    Fondest memory: If you'd like to see more flowers, I have a travelogue featuring the flowers I found while crawling around on my hands and knees in Death Valley.

    Crawling Around in Death Valley

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    Troll-Headed Shedding Sage

    by mcpangie Written Mar 24, 2005
    Orange Clumps

    Favorite thing: I have no idea what this plant is... but it was shedding. The plants looked like big pumpkins in the higher elevations at the park. We'd like to find out what kind of plant they are, at which point I can update this. Anyone know?

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    Another Spider

    by mcpangie Written Mar 24, 2005
    Gravel Ghost

    Favorite thing: It was so windy I had to hold the flower to take a picture of this Gravel Ghost (Atrichoseris platyphylla), but it wasn't until I got home that I realized that I'd been playing with those tiny little spiders. Aaah!

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    Joshua Trees

    by travelgirl3 Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    Joshua Trees, Death Valley, California

    Favorite thing: Even though it can look very desolate, you will find a lot of life in Death Valley, including the Joshua Tree. It is the largest of the Yuccas, and grows only in the Mojave Desert in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. They can grow to a height of of 40' and can be up to 3' in diameter.

    According to legend, they were named by the Mormons heading west, as they felt the upreaching branches were a sign from the prophet Joshua, urging them on to the Promised Land.

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    Barrel cactus, close up on the flowers

    by JLBG Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Barrel cactus is not as common as the Beavertail and Teddy Bear and I found only one. In its natural surroundings, barrel cactus gives amazing green-yellow large and delicate flowers

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    Purple Flowers

    by mcpangie Written Mar 24, 2005
    Another Field

    Favorite thing: Besides the Desert Gold, purple flowers were quite common. They didn't show up as colorfully though.

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    Spiders on Desert Five Spot

    by mcpangie Written Mar 24, 2005
    Desert Five-spot

    Favorite thing: Look at the little spiders crawling all over this desert five-spot (Eremalche rotundifolia). Eee....

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    Look For Flowers In Mid-March

    by mcpangie Written Mar 24, 2005
    Purple Mat

    Favorite thing: By the third week in March, these purple mat (Nama demissum), were withering. It was reported that within a few weeks, all the flowers would succumb to the heat.

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    Giant Joshua Tree

    by sunnywong Written Oct 28, 2002

    Fondest memory: This tree is probably the most recognizable plant at a distance. Early Mormon settlers named the tree for its outstretched branches, which reminded them of the biblical Joshua praying.

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