Mission Myriopteris … accomplished!

David (and to a lesser extent, me [carl]) has been on a mission. A mission to see the lone Myriopteris species of Cache County, the elusive M. gracilis. Nevermind that somehow it’s been iNat-observed in the county just shy of 40 times, making it one of the most-observed species that he (and I) have yet to see AND it’s a cheilanthoid at that…

So we took PIP (“plant identification practice”, a weekly Intermountain Herbarium open house) to the field this week to see if we could put an end to this foolishness.

Before we realized that, obvi, we should be looking for Myriopteris, we started a little too high (Wood Camp), which was gorgeous but largely flower-free.


A quite frankly stunning sphere of Physaria cf acutifolia.


Botany action shot: Julia and the Physaria.


Phlox, looking Phloxy.


A little Prosartes to liven up the understory.


A clear Boechera retrofracta x pendulina x exilis x stricta x microphylla.


Ribes cereum. Some day I will learn to ID Ribes.


Mertensia oblongifolia put on a good show.


The legendary Primula maguirei, Logan Canyon icon. I mean, wow. For a non-fern it represents.


If you think David is excited here, imagine what he was like when we found the Myriopteris! Spoiler alert, I tragically didn’t get a picture of that.


At long last, the star of the show, Myriopteris feei! Mission accomplished.


A scaly abaxial close-up, for any of you skeptics out there.

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