Northern Colorado Plateau Network, Inventory & Monitoring
Pee-ew! Found throughout the western U.S. and parts of Canada, skunkbush (Rhus aromatica) is part of the cashew family. This family also includes poison ivy, mango, and pistachio. In the fall, the leaves of this shrub turn a rusty red and red berries grow from its small, yellow flowers. Like others of its family, this shrub's leaves contain oils. When crushed, the oils are aromatic. They release an odor that some find unpleasant--hence, skunkbush! Photo NPS/Marty Tow #wildlifewednesday #parkscience #plant #plantsoftheday #nps #archesnationalpark #zionnationalpark #utah
What do an eagle and this columbine have in common? Besides both being majestic, they share a name. The scientific name of columbine is Aquilegia, which in Latin means eagle. Why call it that? The spurs of this flower were thought to look like the talons of an eagle. Columbines, found throughout the northern hemisphere, come in a range of colors. The next time you see one of these beauties, take a close look and see it it reminds you of its namesake. #parkscience #wildlifewednesday #plants #columbine #utah #colorado #nps #nationalpark #eagle
From a distance, a meadow of pink flowers. Up close, a thousand tiny elephant heads. Elephanthead lousewort (Pedicularis groenlandica) can be found in the western US, Canada, and Greenland. This enchanting species grows along streams and in meadows at higher elevations. #WildlifeWednesday
(Okay, let's talk about the elephant in the room. Plants are not wildlife, but lots of plants look like animals or are named for them. Check back with us over the next few weeks to see more!) #parkscience #nps #plants #botany #flowers #pedicularis #elephant #mountains
"Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,
'''Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy."
Happy Halloween from the Northern Colorado Plateau Network--stewards of beautiful landscapes and creepy crawlies alike. #parkscience #nps #zionnationalpark #spider #halloween #tarantula