April 2007 Plants
The foliage of the prickly saxifrage, Saxifraga
tricuspidata, turns red in the fall and retains this color throughout
the winter. In the spring it is quite distinctive. The picture
on the left was taken in mid-April and the picture on the right at the end
of April. Both were taken on the Ketchem Rocks.
The photo on the left was taken near the Bottom Dollar
tors in mid-April and the one on the right on the Ketchem rocks in late April
notice that the leaves are beginning to turn green.
Another photo taken in late April on the Ketchem
Xanthora elegans grows on rocks where birds
have been nesting.
These Photos were taken on the Ketchem rocks in late April.
This pussy willow from an unidentified willow species
is among the earliest of the flowering plants to bloom
in interior Alaska. The other early bloomers are also
The Pasqueflower, Pulsatilla patens, shows
up next, usually in mid-may, however this year they
bloomed in late April. The first six pictures below show the species in various stages of development
and were taken near the Bottom Dollar tors. Notice that like the pussy willows they are wearing their
This final picture showing the center of the
Pasqueflower was taken on the Ketchem rocks in