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    "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good!" - Genesis 1:31


     


     

     

    Algae

    Algae include those kinds of chlorophyll bearing plants that lack true stems, roots, leaves, flowers, and vascular tissue, and therefore are usually found in water or very moist environments. There are many kinds of algae, including seaweeds, and many single celled species.
     
    In the MMB algae may be easily found within the streams, ponds, and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. I have not photographed any species of algae, nor have I found any information on the various species within the water habitats of the MMB.

    
    
    
    
    
    

    Fungi

    Fungi are those kinds of plants that lack chlorophyll and are thus not able to undergo photosynthesis. Most species are dependent on dead organic matter for nutrients, and thus play an important ecological roll in the decomposition of organic mater. Fungi include plants such as molds, yeast, mushrooms, and toadstools. Although I have seen and/or photographed a number of mushrooms in the MMB, only a few are thus far listed:

  1. Incense Cedar Dryrot
    Polyporus amarus

  2. Morel Mushroom
    Morella sp.


  3. Orange Cup Mushroom
    Pithya sp.


  4. Puffball
    Bovista sp.

  5. Sculptured Puffball
    Calvatia sculpta

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

    Lichens

    Lichens are "composit" plants that consist of a fungus that contains photosynthetic algae cells. Lichens that may be seen growing within the MMB include crustlike forms found on rocks; and leaflike or branching forms typically found on trees. Probably the most commonly seen Lichen within the MMB is the pale-green Staghorn Lichen growing on the trunks and limbs of pine trees.

  6. Horse-hair Lichen
    Alectoria sp.

  7. Map Lichen, Crustlike Map Lichen
    Rhizocarpon geographicum

  8. Staghorn Lichen
    Letharia vulpina
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

    Mosses & Liverworts

    Mosses and Liverworts are small flowerless green plants that lacks true roots, growing in low carpets or rounded cushions in damp habitats and reproducing by means of spores released from stalked capsules. Fairly common in such habitats in the MMB. Often seen growing on rocks near streams.

    
    
    
    
    
    

    Ferns

    Ferns are flowerless plants that has feathery or leafy fronds and reproduces by spores released from the undersides of the fronds. One species, the Clover Fern, lives in aquatic habitats and can be found growing in certain shallow shoreline areas of Mountain Meadows Reservoir.

  9. Clover Fern, Hairy Waterclover
    Marsilea vestita

  10. Lace Lip Fern
    Cheilanthes gracillima

  11. Western Bracken Fern, Hairy Brackenfern
    Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens
     

     

    Horsetails

    Horsetails are nonflowering plants that have hollow jointed stems that bears whorls of narrow leaves. They produce spores in cones at the tips of young shoots.

  12. Common Horsetail
    Equisetum arvense

  13. Scouringrush Horsetail
    Equisetum hyemale
    
    
    
    
    
    

    Trees

  14. Douglas Fir
    Pseudotsuga menziesii

  15. Incense Cedar
    Libocedrus decurrens

  16. Jeffery Pine
    Pinus jeffreyi

  17. Lodgepole Pine
    Pinus contorta

  18. Ponderosa Pine
    Pinus ponderosa

  19. Red Fir
    Abies magnifica

  20. Sugar Pine
    Pinus lambertiana

  21. Western Juniper
    Juniperus occidentalis

  22. White Fir
    Abies concolor

  23. Mountain Alder
    Alnus incana (ssp. tenuifolia)

  24. Quaking Aspen
    Populus tremuloides
    
    
    
    
    
    

    Bushes & Shrubs

  25. Antelope Bitterbrush
    Purshia tridentata var. tridentata

  26. Arroyo Willow
    Salix lasiolepis

  27. Bitter Cherry
    Prunus emarginata var. emarginata

  28. Blue Elderberry
    Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea

  29. Bush chinquapin, Sierra Chinquapin
    Chrysolepis sempervirens

  30. California Wild Rose
    Rosa californica

  31. Creeping Snowberry
    Symphoricarpos acutus

  32. Dwarf Rose
    Rosa gymnocarpa

  33. Greenleaf Manzanita
    Arctostaphylos patula

  34. Huckleberry Oak
    Purshia tridentata

  35. Mountain Maple
    Acer glabrum

  36. Mountain Whitethorn, Snow Bush
    Ceanothus cordulatus

  37. Pinemat Ceanothus, Prostrate Ceanothus
    Ceanothus prostratus

  38. Pinemat Manzanita
    Arctostaphylos nevadensis

  39. Rabbitbrush, Common
    Chrysothamnus nauseosus

  40. Rabbitbrush, Rubber
    Ericameria nauseosa

  41. Rabbitbrush, Rubber var. speciosa
    Ericameria nauseosa var. speciosa

  42. Scotch Broom
    Cytisus scoparius

  43. Service Berry
    Amelanchier alnifolia

  44. Sierra Currant, Mountain Pink Currant
    Ribes nevadense

  45. Sierra Gooseberry
    Ribes roezlii

  46. Snowbrush Ceanothus, Tobacco Brush
    Ceanothus velutinus

  47. Spiraea, Douglas's Spirea, Rose Spirea
    Spiraea douglasii

  48. Susanville Beardtongue, Volcanic Beardtongue
    Penstemon sudans

  49. Wax Currant
    Ribes cereum

  50. Western Choke Cherry, Chokecherry
    Prunus virginiana var. demissa

  51. Western Thimbleberry
    Rubus parviflorus


     

    Grasses, Rushes, & Sedges

  52. Abrupt Beaked Sedge
    Carex abrupta

  53. Beaked Sedge, Northwest Territory Sedge
    Carex utriculata

  54. Bearded Flatsedge, Umbrella Sedge
    Cyperus squarrosus

  55. Bolander's sedge
    Carex bolanderi

  56. Bottlebrush Squirreltail Grass, Squirreltail Grass
    Elymus elymoides

  57. Brainerd's sedge
    Carex brainerdii

  58. California Bromegrass
    Bromus carinatus

  59. Downy brome grass, Cheatgrass
    Bromus tectorum

  60. Forest Fedge, Many Stemmed Sedge
    Carex multicaulis

  61. Fowl Bluegrass
    Poa palustris

  62. Fowl Mannagrass
    Glyceria striata

  63. Foxtail Barley, Squirreltail Barley
    Hordeum jubatum

  64. Giant Wild Rye, Great Basin Wild Rye
    Leymus cinereus

  65. Green-sheathed Sedge, Feta Sedge
    Carex feta

  66. Pine Bluegrass
    Poa secunda

  67. Reed Canarygrass
    Phalaris arundinacea

  68. Rush Blue Grass
    Poa secunda ssp. juncifolia

  69. Saltgrass
    Distichlis spicata

  70. Sheldon's Sedge
    Carex sheldonii

  71. Sierra Rush
    Juncus nevadensis

  72. Short Awned Foxtail, Water Foxtail
    Alopecurus aequalis

  73. Slender Hairgrass
    Deschampsia elongata

  74. Slender Muhly, Pullup Muhly
    Muhlenbergia filiformis

  75. Suksdorf's Brome Grass
    Bromus suksdorfii

  76. Tufted Hairgrass
    Deschampsia cespitosa

  77. Western Fescue Grass
    Festuca occidentalis

  78. Western Needlegrass
    Achnatherum occidentale

  79. Wheeler's Blue Grass, Hooker's Bluegrass
    Poa wheeleri

  80. Woolly Sedge
    Carex lanuginosa


     

    Perennial Herbs

  81. Alfalfa
    Medicago sativa

  82. Alpine Gentian
    Gentiana newberryi

  83. Alpine Waterleaf, Woolen breeches
    Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum

  84. American Brooklime, American Speedwell
    Veronica americana

  85. Anderson's Thistle, Rose Thistle
    Cirsium andersonii

  86. Arum Leaved Arrowhead, Tule Potato
    Sagittaria cuneata

  87. Bear Valley Buckwheat, Bear Buckwheat
    Eriogonum ursinum

  88. Big Deer Vetch, Broad-leaved Lotus
    Hosackia crassifolia var. crassifolia

  89. Blue Eyed Grass, Western Blue Eyed Grass
    Sisyrinchium bellum

  90. Bolander's Madia
    Kyhosia bolanderi

  91. Bolander's Yampah
    Perideridia bolanderi ssp. bolanderi

  92. Brewer's Bittercress
    Cardamine breweri var. breweri

  93. Brook Cinquefoil
    Potentilla rivalis

  94. Bull Thistle, Russian Thistle
    Cirsium vulgare

  95. Bulrush, Hardstem Bulrush
    Schoenoplectus acutus var. acutus

  96. California Buttercup, Common Buttercup
    Ranunculus californicus

  97. California Butterweed, California Groundsel
    Senecio aronicoides

  98. California Rayless Fleabane
    Erigeron inornatus

  99. California Stickseed
    Hackelia californica

  100. Canescens Aster
    Dieteria canescens

  101. Cattail
    Typha latifolia

  102. Chamisso arnica
    Arnica chamissonis

  103. Changing Forget Me Not
    Myosotis discolor

  104. Chicory
    Cichorium intybus

  105. Chinese Caps
    Euphorbia crenulata

  106. Columbia Mountain Butterweed, Groundsel
    Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus

  107. Common Camas
    Camassia quamash

  108. Common Cow Parsnip
    Heracleum maximum

  109. Common Knotweed, Prostrate Knotweed
    Polygonum arenastrum

  110. Common St. Johnswort, Klamathweed
    Hypericum perforatum

  111. Common Yarrow
    Achillea millefolium

  112. Corn Lily, California False Hellebore
    Veratrum californicum

  113. Crimson Columbine, Western Columbine
    Aquilegia formosa

  114. Crown Brodiaea, Harvest Brodiaea
    Brodiaea coronaria ssp. coronaria

  115. Dalmatian Toadflax, Toadflax
    Linaria genistifolia ssp. dalmatica

  116. Dandelion, Common Dandelion
    Taraxacum officinale

  117. Death Camas
    Toxicoscordion venenosum

  118. Derived Penstemon, Plumas County Beardtongue
    Penstemon neotericus

  119. Downy Popcorn Flower, Soft Popcornflower
    Plagiobothrys mollis var. mollis

  120. Drummond's Rockcress
    Boechera stricta

  121. Duckweed, Common Duckweed
    Lemna minor

  122. Dwarf Chamaesarachia
    Chamaesaracha nana

  123. Dwarf Skullcap, Little Skullcap
    Scutellaria nana

  124. Dwarf Thistle, Elk Thistle
    Cirsium scariosum

  125. Evening Primrose, Hooker's Evening Primrose
    Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri

  126. Field mint, Marsh Mint
    Mentha arvensis

  127. Fireweed
    Chamerion angustifolium

  128. Foul Odor Monkey Flower
    Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus

  129. Grey Monardella, Pale Monardella
    Monardella glauca

  130. Hawkweed, White Flowered Hawkweed
    Hieracium albiflorum

  131. Holboell's Rockcress
    Arabis holboellii

  132. Houndstongue Hawkweed
    Hieracium scouleri

  133. Hot Rock Beardtongue, Scabland Penstemon
    Penstemon deustus var. pedicellatus

  134. Incense Cedar Mistletoe
    Phoradendron libocedri

  135. Kelloggia, Milk Kelloggia
    Kelloggia galioides

  136. Jeffrey's Shooting Star, Sierra Shooting Star
    Dodecatheon jeffreyi

  137. Lady's Tresses, Hooded Ladies Tresses
    Kelloggia galioides

  138. Lemmon's Catchfly
    Silene lemmonii

  139. Large Leaved Avens
    Geum macrophyllum

  140. Leafy Arnica
    Arnica chamissonis ssp. foliosa

  141. Lemmon's Indian Paintbrush
    Castilleja lemmonii

  142. Little Elephant Heads
    Pedicularis attollens

  143. Sundew, Round-leaf Sundew
    Drosera rotundifolia

  144. Lotus pinnatus
    Hosackia pinnata

  145. Many Flowered Monkey Flower
    Mimulus floribundus

  146. Mariposa Lily, Leichtlin's Mariposa Lily, Smokey Mariposa Lily
    Calochortus leichtlinii

  147. Marsh Speedwell, Skullcap Speedwell
    Veronica scutellata

  148. Meadow Beardtongue, Herbaceous Penstemon
    Penstemon rydbergii var. oreocharis

  149. Morningglory, Bindweed, Orchard Morningglory
    Convolvulus arvensis

  150. Morningglory, False Bindweed, Western Morningglory
    Calystegia occidentalis

  151. Mountain Butterweed, Lambstongue Ragwort
    Senecio integerrimus

  152. Mountain Monardella, Desert Mint
    Monardella odoratissima

  153. Mountain Violet, Goosefoot Violet
    Viola purpurea

  154. Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's ears
    Wyethia mollis

  155. Musk Monkey Flower
    Mimulus moschatus

  156. Naked-stem Buckwheat
    Eriogonum nudum

  157. Narrow Leaf Milkweed
    Asclepias fascicularis

  158. Narrow Leaf Plantain, English Plantain
    Plantago lanceolata

  159. Newberry's Penstemon
    Penstemon newberryi var. newberryi

  160. Nuttall's Larkspur, Meadow Larkspur
    Delphinium nuttallianum

  161. Oregon Checker Mallow
    Sidalcea oregana ssp. spicata

  162. Oxeye Daisy
    Leucanthemum vulgare

  163. Pacific Bleeding Hearts
    Dicentra formosa

  164. Pacific Enchanter's Nightshade
    Circaea alpina ssp. pacifica

  165. Peony, Brown's Peony, Mountain Peony
    Paeonia brownii

  166. Pine Drops
    Pterospora andromedea

  167. Plumas Lupine, Northern Lupine
    Lupinus onustus

  168. Poison Hemlock
    Conium maculatum

  169. Povertyweed
    Iva axillaris

  170. Prickly Poppy, Chicalote
    Argemone munita

  171. Purdy's foothill penstemon
    Penstemon heterophyllus var. purdyi

  172. Purple Milkweed, Heartleaf Milkweed
    Asclepias cordifolia

  173. Purple Salsify
    Tragopogon porrifolius

  174. Pursh's Sheeppod, Woolypod Milkvetch
    Astragalus purshii

  175. Red Clover
    Trifolium pratense

  176. Red Larkspur
    Delphinium nudicaule

  177. Richardson's Pondweed
    Potamogeton richardsonii

  178. Rocky Mountain Chickweed, Obtuse Starwort(Rare)
    Stellaria obtusa

  179. Scarlet Gilia, Western Scarlet Gilia
    Ipomopsis aggregata ssp. formosissima

  180. Selfheal, Mountain Selfheal, Lance leaf Selfheal
    Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata

  181. Shasta Hoary Aster
    Machaeranthera canescens var. shastensis

  182. Siberian Water Milfoil
    Myriophyllum sibiricum

  183. Sierra Bog Orchid
    Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys

  184. Sierra Morning Glory - Sierra False Bindweed
    Calystegia malacophylla

  185. Silvery Everlasting, Silvery Pussytoes
    Antennaria argentea

  186. Silvery Brown Pussytoes, Resh Pussytoes
    Antennaria luzuloides

  187. Slender Cinquefoil, Northwest Cinquefoil
    Potentilla gracilis

  188. Small Bedstraw, Three-petaled Bedstraw
    Galium trifidum var. pusillum

  189. Snowplant
    Sarcodes sanguinea

  190. Sonoma Hedge Nettle
    Stachys stricta

  191. Spearleaf Mountain Dandelion
    Agoseris retrorsa

  192. Spotted Coralroot, Summer Coralroot
    Corallorhiza maculata

  193. Spotted Knapweed
    Centaurea maculosa

  194. Spreading Dogbane, Bitter Dogbane
    Apocynum androsaemifolium

  195. Starry False Lily of the Valley
    Maianthemum stellatum

  196. Starved Daisy, Starved Fleabane
    Erigeron miser

  197. Stool Lupine, Torrey's Lupine
    Lupinus lepidus var. sellulus

  198. Sulphur Flower Buckwheat
    Eriogonum umbellatum

  199. Tall Groundwel. Sweet Marsh Ragwort(Rare)
    Senecio hydrophiloides

  200. Tansyleaf Evening Primrose
    Camissonia tanacetifolia *

  201. Tiger Lily, California Tiger Lily
    Lilium pardalinum

  202. Trail Plant
    Adenocaulon bicolor

  203. Tuberous Sanicle, Turkey Pea
    Sanicula tuberosa

  204. Washington Lily
    Lilium washingtonianum

  205. Water Groundsel, Alkali Water Ragwort
    Senecio hydrophilus

  206. Water Plantain
    Alisma plantago-aquatica

  207. Waterleaf Phacelia
    Phacelia hydrophylloides

  208. Wavy Leaved Indian Paintbrush
    Castilleja applegatei ssp. pinetorum

  209. Western Dock
    Rumex occidentalis

  210. Western Fringed Catchfly,
    Silene nuda

  211. Western Knotweed, Western Bistort
    Polygonum bistortoides

  212. Western Water Hemlock
    Cicuta douglasii

  213. Western Water Weed
    Elodea nuttallii

  214. White Clover
    Trifolium repens

  215. White Flowered Hawkweed
    Hieracium albiflorum

  216. White Veined Wintergreen
    Pyrola picta

  217. White Brodiaea, Wild Hyacinth
    Triteleia hyacinthina

  218. Woodland Strawberry, California Strawberry, Wild Strawberry
    Fragaria vesca

  219. Woolly Mullein, Common Mullein
    Verbascum thapsus

  220. Yellow Salsify, Goat's Beard
    Tragopogon dubius

  221. Yellow Wood Sorrel, Creeping Woodsorrel,
    Oxalis corniculata

  222. Yosemite Rockcress
    Arabis repanda var. repanda


     

    Annual Herbs

  223. Bach's Calicoflower, Bach's Downingia
    Downingia bacigalupii

  224. Batchelor Button, Garden Cornflower
    Centaurea cyanus

  225. Blue Eyed Mary
    Collinsia parviflora

  226. Broad Leaved Loosestrife, Spatulaleaf Loosestrife
    Lythrum portula

  227. Brook Cinquefoil
    Potentilla rivalis

  228. Candelabrum Monkey Flower
    Mimulus pulsiferae

  229. Clammy Hedge Hyssop
    Gratiola neglecta

  230. Cocklebur, Rough Cockleburr
    Xanthium strumarium

  231. Cut Leaved Owl's Clover, Cutleaf Indian Paintbrush
    Castilleja lacera

  232. Fiddleneck, Common Fiddleneck
    Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia

  233. Field Pepper Grass, Field Pepperweed
    Lepidium campestre

  234. Forest clarkia
    Clarkia rhomboidea

  235. Hairy Indian Paintbrush, Hairy Owl's Clover
    Castilleja tenuis

  236. Harkness' flaxflower
    Leptosiphon harknessii

  237. Humble Goosefoot
    Chenopodium rubrum var. humile

  238. Lowland Rotala
    Rotala ramosior

  239. Meadow Nemophila, Littlefoot Nemophila
    Nemophila pedunculata

  240. Mountain Collomia, Grand Collomia
    Collomia grandiflora

  241. Mountain Tarweed
    Madia glomerata

  242. Nada Stickleaf, Bushy Blazingstar
    Mentzelia dispersa

  243. Nanus Monkey Flower
    Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus

  244. Prickly Wild Lettuce
    Lactuca serriola

  245. Pussy Paws
    Calyptridium umbellatum

  246. Redstem Springbeauty
    Claytonia rubra

  247. Rosy Owl's Clover, Bracted Owl's Clover
    Orthocarpus bracteosus

  248. Short Flowered Owl's Clover, Cryptantha Owl's Clover
    Orthocarpus cuspidatus ssp. cryptanthus

  249. Silvery Everlasting, Silvery Pussytoes
    Antennaria argentea

  250. Small Flowered Groundsmoke
    Gayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum

  251. Small Flowered Nemophila
    Nemophila parviflora var. austiniae

  252. Spanish Clover
    Lotus purshianus

  253. Sweet Bedstraw, Fragrant Bedstraw
    Galium triflorum

  254. Thyme Leafed Spurge, Thymeleaf Sandmat
    Chamaesyce serpyllifolia ssp. serpyllifolia

  255. Torrey's Blue Eyed Mary
    Collinsia torreyi

  256. Torrey's Monkeyflower
    Mimulus torreyi

  257. Western Yellow Cress
    Rorippa curvisiliqua

  258. Whiskerbrush
    Leptosiphon ciliatus

  259. Yellow Monkey Flower
    Mimulus guttatus

  260. Broad Scaled Owl's Clover, Toothed Owl's Clover
    Orthocarpus cuspidatus


Welcome to my list of Plants from the Mountain Meadows Basin!

The Mountain Meadows Basin (MMB) is located in Lassen County in Northeastern California, and includes the Communities of Westwood & Clear Creek.

The photos on this page are just a small sampling of the many plant species that live here within this basin. Touching a photo with the cursor should reveal its name.

The list on the left represents 260 native and non-native plant species that have been identified thus far. Generally accepted common names are listed first, and then the scientific name of the species. I have not listed trees and plants that have been planted by people within their personal yards.

I am greatly indebted, and thankful, to the reserchers, botanists, and photographers, who have preceded me in the identification of plant species within Lassen County, and the MMB, and whose research data for the MMB, and photos, are now available at the Calflora and Calphotos web sites.

Additional photos and information on the plant species may be viewed by clicking on those scientific names that are linked in blue. These links will usually open information pages located at the Calflora web site.


 

Please enjoy
Sincerely, Jim Moore


 

 

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