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Jim Morefield posted a photo:

Steamboat monkeyflower, Diplacus ovatus

Steamboat monkeyflower, Diplacus ovatus, Nevada, Jobs Peak Ranch Trail, Carson Range, Sierra Nevada, Sheridan, Carson Valley drainage, elevation 1477 m (4845 ft).

Limited to the slopes and valley floors just east of the Sierra Nevada in western Nevada, from Reno south through Carson Valley, this species is found on various soil types, including decomposed granite such as here, at elevations between about 1400-1650 meters (4600-5400 feet).

Care must be used to distinguish this species from other members of the Diplacus nanus - Diplacus mephiticus group, especially toward the south end of its range. Diplacus ovatus differs by its combination of exclusively magenta flowers; largest leaves ovate to obovate, >8 mm wide, at least some acuminate to cuspidate; most plant parts glandular-villous (not merely puberulent).

Jim Morefield posted a photo:

Steamboat monkeyflower, Diplacus ovatus

Steamboat monkeyflower, Diplacus ovatus, Nevada, Jobs Peak Ranch Trail, Carson Range, Sierra Nevada, Sheridan, Carson Valley drainage, elevation 1477 m (4845 ft).

Limited to the slopes and valley floors just east of the Sierra Nevada in western Nevada, from Reno south through Carson Valley, this species is found on various soil types, including decomposed granite such as here, at elevations between about 1400-1650 meters (4600-5400 feet).

Care must be used to distinguish this species from other members of the Diplacus nanus - Diplacus mephiticus group, especially toward the south end of its range. Diplacus ovatus differs by its combination of exclusively magenta flowers; largest leaves ovate to obovate, >8 mm wide, at least some acuminate to cuspidate; most plant parts glandular-villous (not merely puberulent).

Western Area Power Admin posted a photo:

Oath of Office

Senior Vice President and Sierra Nevada Regional Manager Sonja Anderson gives the Oath of Office to new employee Viktor Oreshin Feb. 20 in Folsom, California. (Photo by Michelle Brown)

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Sierra-Nevada

The Sierra Nevada, meaning "snowy range" in Spanish, is a mountain range in the region of Andalusia in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén at 3,479 m.It is a popular tourist destination, as its high peaks make skiing possible in Europe's most southern ski resort in an area along the Mediterranean Sea predominantly known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. At its foothills is found the city of Granada and, a little farther, Málaga and Almería.Parts of the range have been included in the Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada. The range has also been declared a biosphere reserve. The Sierra Nevada Observatory is located on the northern slopes at 2800 m.

Formation

The Sierra Nevada were formed during the Alpine Orogeny, a mountain-building event that also formed the European Alps to the east and the Atlas Mountains of northern Africa across the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The Sierra as observed today formed during the Tertiary Period (65 to 1.8 million years ago) from the collision of the African and Eurasian continental plates.

See also

  • Alpujarras
  • Geography of Spain

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References

Bibliography

  • Francisco Pérez Raya, Joaquín Molero Mesa, Francisco Valle Tendero, 1992: "Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada. Paisaje, fauna, flora, itinerarios". Ed. Rueda. Madrid. ISBN 84-7207-067-0 (spanish)
  • "Flora de la Tundra de Sierra Nevada". Pablo Prieto Fernández, Ed. Universidad de Granada. ISBN ISBN 84-60018105 (spanish)
  • "Sierra Nevada: Guía de Montaña". Aurelio del Castillo y Antonio del Castillo. Ed. Penibética, 2003. ISBN 84-932022-3-1 (spanish)