National Geographic : 1948 Jun
IV Gay Colors from Nature's Palette Brighten a Harsh Environment Left, sky pilot or skunk flower (Polemonium viscosum) grows among rocks from 10,500 to 12.100 feet. The crushed plant emits a skunklike odor. Center, mountain heath (Phyllodoce empetriformis) forms pink patches up to 11,000 feet. Its in-rolled leaf margins hold moisture at heights where water is often scarce and evaporation high. Right, paintbrush (Castilleja rhexifolia), Wyoming State flower, carpets large areas from valley floors to mountain peaks. National Geo::rallicSociety Kodathromes and A nson ('olirby Frank and John Craighead Like Clown Faces, Red Monkey Flowers Grin Beside a Canyon Stream This species of the snapdragon family, Mimulus lewisii, was named for Meriwether Lewis. Its genus name derives from the Greek word for ape. The perennials prefer moist places but are also found in alpine meadows. Here they share a patch of ground with mountain bluebells (Mertensia sibirica) and golden ragwort (Senecio triangularis).