General Research Observations
Occurrence ID (GUID): 75244dc5-1ee9-4e06-8143-9f7d97d40597
Taxon: Asclepias asperula var. asperula
Family: Apocynaceae
Collector: Frates, Tony   911   
Date: 2016-09-16
Locality: USA, Utah, Salt Lake, Cottonwood Heights, About 30 meters N-NE of the paved edge of Ft. Union Blvd (70th South) at approx. 3400 East
40.62201  -111.79812 +-9m.  WGS84
Georeference Remarks: Garmin GPS 76
Elevation: 1475 meters (4838ft)
Habitat: Palouse prairie foothills remnant just below the ridge on a fully exposed, steep NE-facing slope
Substrate: Well-drained, brownish, fine sand containing small gravels to large rocks
Associated Species: Artemisia ludoviciana subsp. ludoviciana, Secale cereale, Wyethia amplexicaulis, Bromus tectorum, Ambrosia psilostachya, Eriogonum racemosum, Gutierrezia sarothrae, Pseudoroegneria spicata
Description: Fewer than 10 plants appear to remain after recent bulldozing activity; mainly 3-4 dm tall, typically with three stems with each stem branched in the lower half; most plants had produced several pods which were fully open with almost all seeds distributed
Individual Count: 10
Notes: Observed at this location for over three decades, plants of this species historically were restricted to the flat area adjoining and along the ridge, and mainly at the eastern end where a few remain, but most of that habitat has now been destroyed as a result of very recent bulldozing and grading activity (apparently for another new parking lot)
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Author: Tony Frates
Author: Tony Frates
Author: Tony Frates
Record ID: 75244dc5-1ee9-4e06-8143-9f7d97d40597
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