A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Gray Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa)

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Sheep Rock Unit, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, OR, 10/2017.

Golden rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) framed the arid piñon-juniper desertscape in our recent fall trip to Eastern Oregon.   We saw them blooming everywhere across the rolling hills near the John Day Fossil Beds.  They look similar to sagebrushbut are distinguished by the golden flowers.  In his book Sagebrush Country, Ronald J. Taylor calls it “extremely common” and notes that it “thrives more or less throughout the sagebrush steppe.” He also calls its bloom, “the iconic harbinger that fall has arrived in the West’s Great Basin.”  Also known as Chamisa and rubber rabbitbrush.

 

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Sheep Rock Unit, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, OR, 10/2017.

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