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All about the new vegetation in 2.7.2

Post by Pepper » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:43 am

We hope you notice the vegetation variety has improved in 2.7.2. In addition to four new shapes of Douglas fir and a variety of downed wood, we added two new bushes and three spring flowers.

Snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp.)
Snowberry is a low-growing shrub. It joins pinegrass (Calamagrostis rubescens) and new rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) as understory vegetation and in open fields.
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Photo: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/syal7.htm
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Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa)
Rabbitbrush provides cover for animals (like rabbits). Animals (like rabbits) love its seeds and leaves. It flowers in August, so by the time fall comes around on Amethyst Mountain, the flowers have faded. In Slough Creek’s spring season, it is just a green bush. Rabbitbrush joins pinegrass (Calamagrostis rubescens) and new snowberry bushes (Symphoricarpos spp.) as understory vegetation and in open fields.
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Photo: Matt Lavin– Wikipedia
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Spring beauty (Claytonia lanceolata)
These short, delicate wildflowers have star-like clusters of white flowers. They earn their name because they are one of the earliest blooming wildflowers in Yellowstone, carpeting the forest floors and meadows in April. The bulbs of spring beauty are vital spring food for grizzly bears!
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Photo: BlueCanoe–Wikipedia
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Sagebrush buttercup (Ranunculus glaberrimus)
This April bloomer provides lovely yellow flowers throughout Yellowstone, including open woodlands, shrublands, grasslands, and subalpine, and alpine meadows. Who doesn’t love a cheery carpet of buttercups?
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Photo: Walter Siegmund–Wikipedia
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Kittentails (Besseya wyomingensis)
Kittentails are another April bloomer in Yellowstone. These pink fuzzy flower stalks are found in grasslands, open forest, and fields at all elevations. We choose them for their distinctive shape. Also...they are called KITTENTAILS!
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Photo: National Park Service
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