National Geographic : 1955 Jul
© National Geographic Society 106 Lupine and White Buckwheat Mantle Hurricane Ridge... Upper left: Petals turn backward to form the tails of these Jeffrey shooting stars, Dodecatheon jeffreyi. Left: Grass widow, Sisyrinchium douglasii, is not a grass despite its name; it is related to the lordly iris. Individual blossoms often last only a day. (Enlarged 1/ times.) Lower left: Phacelia sericea clusters its flowers at the tip of a foot-long stem. Antennalike stamens thrust from the blooms. (Enlarged 1 times.) Below: Indian paintbrush, Castilleja, reverses the usual flower pattern. Tiny green blooms peek between bright orange-red leaves and bracts. The hardy plant cloaks many far-western valleys.