Wyoming Trees and wild life
Speared Tree. You
won't find this or the next item in any of the park literature. I'm always
looking for weird trees. Someday I'll assemble my weird tree photo collection.
This one is in the Grant Village area, along the paved path from Lodge Building
"D" to the employee housing area. It consists of two trees in an area that
burned in the big Yellowstone fires of 1988. The first tree is forked into two
trunks. The 2nd tree fell directly between the forks of the first tree and
wedged there. The main part of the 2nd tree's trunk broke off, leaving the top
portion of the tree suspended between the forks of the first tree. The resulting
appearance is that one tree has been speared by the other.
Indigenous plants or native plants preserve the beauty of natural ecosystem.
When we refer to the indigenous plants of Wyoming some common names are as
Blanket Flower; Scarlet Globe Mallow; Sand Dock; Velvetweed; Alpine Wallflower;
Scarlet Gaura; Filaree; Shooting Star; Wild Rose; Wax Currant; Evening Primrose;
Golden Currant; Golden Banner; Ground Cherry; Prickly Gilia; Prickly Pear;
Yellow Violet; Rocky Mountain Bee Plant; Gayfeather; Pasque Flower; Purple
The Blanket Flower: This plant is easily established from seed. Normally the
flower forms dense colonies of red with yellow rims. Its blooming period is from
May to September, occasional watering the plants can even extends the blooming
period. This plant flourishes in full sun in well-drained areas. Blanket flower
attracts bees, butterflies and birds. Blanket flower is mostly used as cut
flower because its vase life is 6 to 10 days.
Scarlet Globe Mallow: It is even known as copper mallow, belongs to Malvaceae
family. Scarlet Globe Mallow flower is sauced shaped, about 2 cm wide, orange
–salmon to brick red in color with five petals and three bracts. Its flowering
period is from June to September. It is found in plains, foothills as well.
Purple Prairie Clover: This plant thrives in sandy or well drained soil in full
sun. Flower is Lavender Purple color. Flowers are concentrated on slender cones
at the ends of wiry stems. The blooms start from the base of the cone and slowly
ascend to the tip. The blooming period is from early to mid-summer, and lasts
about 1 to 1˝ months. The purple prairie clover flower attracts many kinds of
insects like bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers, beetles and plant bugs.
Wax Currant: Wax Currant, otherwise known as aka squaw currant is a perennial
shrub. The numerous tiny flowers are greenish, white or pink with minute rounded
petals. The flowers usually occurs in bunch of 3-7, the entire cluster usually
both finely short-hair and sticky with short-stalked glands. The flowering
period is from April to June.
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant: It is also known as stinkweed and spider flower for
its ill-scented smell. Rocky mountain bee plant belongs to Cleome Family. Pink
or white flowers bloom from May to September. The flower produces rich nectar
and attracts bees. The plant grows in sandy soils, prairies and prairie remnants
along roads, waste areas, meadows and rangelands..
Ground Cherry: The ground cherry is an herbaceous plant also known as physalis.
The blooming period occurs from early summer to late summer. The flowers are
greenish yellow sometimes brownish yellow cream and tan colored, having funneled
shaped, floppy separately where three stems or leaves meet. Flower pedicels
measure about 1.5 cm long and extend to 2.5 cm after fruit formation. The
flowers have 5 Regular Parts and are up to 2cm wide. The Ground cherry flower
produces nectar and pollen which attracts bees.
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These two trees were growing very close together. The branches of one tree have
grown around the trunk of the other resulting in the appearance that the trees
are hugging each other. It is located in the Grant Village area on the lake side
of the trail that goes from the Grant Village Dining Room to the Lake House
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