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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 10:09:59 08/10/15

In Reply to: Their names: Bob, Jim, Mike, Tom posted by Hoot

the little creek that flows by the Buffalo Ranch, goes under the road, and flows into the Lamar.

Now, Gracie, you may or may not have done a little web research on sagebrush. I looked first in my newest edition of Yellowstone's Resources and Issues publication (2010), specifically Page 82. It states "Mountain big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata var. vaseyana) dominates, along with several other kinds of sagebrush. Having walked around numerous sagebrush areas of Yellowstone, many, many times, including the Soda Butte Creek/Lamar River flood plain and adjacent hillsides, I have noticed variations that convince me there are a number of different varieties present. What could be exceedingly difficult for all but the practiced botanists among us, would be accounting for inherent differences in environment that might influence obvious characteristics, like disease, feeding by ungulates, like bison and others, soil moisture, soil chemistry, exposure to light, atmospheric moisture, wind, etc.

A look at the USDA NRCS web-based info on sagebrush in Wyoming shows six different varieties of mountain big sagebrush, and I would not be surprised if at least 3 or 4 are present on the floor of the Lamar Valley.

I guess, if you just refer to it as "mountain big sagebrush", you can't go wrong.


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