Graham’s Penstemon

Graham’s Penstemon (Penstemon Grahammi), the beautiful rare flower without quantifiable legal protection since 1975, is threatened by one of the most powerful industries—oil. The flower occurs only in the Uinta Basin of eastern Utah and the very edge of northwestern Colorado. As such, it has the misfortune of being found entirely on oil shale. If oil shale development becomes commercial in eastern Utah, protecting this delicate flower from Shell Oil and others will become increasingly difficult. Almost all the methods… Continue reading

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

The Western Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera praeclara) is one half of a unique symbiotic relationship occurring in the tall, grass meadows of the Midwestern United States. Releasing its fragrance only in the evening, the orchid relies on Hawkmoths for pollination. It can be found in moist, native, tall grass meadows in Midwestern United States, and into Canada. There are 172 known populations, of which only 4 have numbers greater than 1,000 plants. The orchid is considered threatened in all states… Continue reading