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Aug 17, 2016 1:32 PM CST
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Hello all,

Been wanting to find a good plant identification resource for a while, found this forum and you folks seem friendly.

I apologize if this one is too easy, but with my lack of plant knowledge, 30 minutes of googling could not find a definitive answer.

This was a photo taken 2 weeks ago (July 2016) at about 9,000ft elevation in Yosemite National Park(eastern CA). These purple flowers were very common, and from google results it appears to be some kind of Lupine? Is there a subspecies that is endemic to the Sierras?


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Aug 17, 2016 1:37 PM CST
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Aug 17, 2016 2:07 PM CST
Name: Sue
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There's also this one in that area, Lupinus albifrons.

http://calscape.org/Lupinus-al...

Sorry, the direct link won't work so you'd need to navigate to it from the page it goes to.
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Aug 17, 2016 2:14 PM CST
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Welcome, toa514 and Silversurfer. Smiling
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Gorgeous photograph.
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Aug 17, 2016 2:25 PM CST
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Welcome! toa514, and Silversurfer!

I agree And may I also add... Drooling What a gorgeous view! Great picture, toa514!
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Aug 17, 2016 2:36 PM CST
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Great shot! Lovey dubby
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Aug 17, 2016 4:41 PM CST
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Thank you so much guys! For the compliment and for the quick ID. I'll leave this photo here, since people do enjoy nice scenery. My favorite of the day about an hr before. I'll definitely be back to ask for ID and to learn more for you all.
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Aug 17, 2016 4:53 PM CST
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Such gorgeous images! Thumbs up I'm pretty sure those are native lupines in the first photo that you are trying to ID. Harder to tell from the second photo, although it is so very beautiful. Smiling
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Aug 17, 2016 6:26 PM CST
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There are a few nice things about California. This is one of them. With all our downsides, we do have some beautiful scenery here and there.
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Aug 18, 2016 12:46 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
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I'm not sure which Lupine you have. They are funny plants with specific ones growing in specific areas and altiudes. There are at least 10 native to the high country (not all blue).

The pink flowers in your second photo are Purple Mountain Heather, Phyllodoce breweri, a California native that is endemic to California.

Nice photographs. Lovey dubby
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Aug 26, 2016 2:18 PM CST
Name: Philip Becker
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I don't know where y'all live ! But i though maybe yould enjoy this pic. it's just above Redinger lake bout 1500 ft elevation. Redinger is the 1st lake above Millerton lake on the San Joaquin river.Millerton is 20 miles outside of Fresno.
Great pics. U took. U a PROFESSIONAL? It would b nice and helpfull in future to know where u live and u hardiness zone !
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Aug 26, 2016 7:07 PM CST
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Beautiful scenery! Thank You!
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Aug 26, 2016 10:03 PM CST
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In this case, it doesn't matter where toa514 lives because his photos are from Yosemite. I believe that is Cathedral Peak in the background of his second photo.
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