Identifying desert flora at the Springs Preserve.

Bladder Sage (Salazaria mexicana)
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We made several visits to the Springs Preserve and Nevada State Museum, which are situated in the same area, on beautiful and fittingly-named Valley View Boulevard. Food at the Springs Café is prepared by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas and we regularly ate there before conducting research at the Cahlan Research Library (within the Nevada State Museum). I would have loved to have had more time for hiking in the Springs Preserve. The short walk we made provided a useful introduction to some plants and has helped me identify some desert flora. I plan to incorporate more of this kind of information into my project, as well as research that I have found on the effects of nuclear testing on the environment.

Mojave Aster (Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia)
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White Bursage (Ambrosia dumosa)
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Virgin River Brittlebush (Encelia virginensis)
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Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)
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Turpentine Brush (Ericameria laricifolia)
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Bladder Sage (Salazaria mexicana)
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Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa)
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Grizzly Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea)
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Nevada Jointfir (Ephedra nevadensis)
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Strawberry Hedgehog (Echinocereus engelmannii)
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Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens)
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Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata)
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Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia)
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