Monday, August 4, 2008

Gilliam County wildflowers

Gilliam County was settled by the US back in about 1860. Today the land is mostly used for wheat farming. Where conditions are unfavorable for farm equipment, cattle ranching is practiced. The natived wildflowers have been pushed back to a few small areas. Wildflowers can be found along the sides of county roads, in the canyons and on wind swept rocky peaks.

One place I know of is 10 miles outside Condon. These pictures were taken in May and June.
The basalt rock helps protect the plants from cattle and deer.

This next picture is of Orobanche Uniflora. There was no foliage. The plant is a parasite and gets it's water from other plants.

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