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Princes Plume and Mount Tom - Spring Wildflowers Owens Valley Eastern Sierra California
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Prince's Plume And Mount Tom by Ram Vasudev
Prince's Plume (Stanleya pinnata) wildflowers and Sage Brush (Artemisia tridentata) in subdued soft morning light, with a backdrop of snow-covered Mount Tom, Sierra-Nevada Mountain Range, viewed from Owens Valley, California. Mount Tom is the second peak from the left. The peak to the left is Basin Mountain. Mount Humpreys is barely visible at the left edge of the photo.
The Owens Valley is an arid valley of the Owens River, east of the Sierra-Nevada Mountain Range and west of the White Mountains. Mount Tom is the most prominent peak, as viewed from the city of Bishop, with an elevation of 13657 feet. Mount Humphries rises to 13992 feet. Basin Mountain (13187 feet) is not as high as its neighboring peaks, but it dominates the view from Bishop because it is closer.
Prince's plume is a tall, glabrous, suffrutescent perennial wildlfower that grows in sandy washes and on desert slopes and seleniferous soils. It reaches 5' in height. The basal and lower cauline leaves are lanceolate in outline, deeply pinnately lobed into lanceolate segments, and from 2" to 8" long, while the upper leaves are shorter, 2" or so long, and entire-margined to few-lobed. The flowers are in dense elongated racemes to 24" long, and each flower has four sepals spreading to reflexed, and four yellow petals, clawed at the base and having long, wavy hairs on the inner side. The stamens are longer than the petals and pilose at the base. The fruits are stalked linear siliques to 3" long, containing seeds which are brown and oblong. (Info from Wikepedia.org and calflora.net)
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June 14th, 2013
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