• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Vegetation Species List

Yellow flowers amongst large leaves

See woolly mule-ears on a wildflower walk.

 
Tree ring sample

Lodgepole Pine Factoid: The oldest known lodgepole pine in the United States is located in Yosemite just east of Tuolumne. Dendrologists, who took a tree-ring sample from a fire scar to minimize harm to this living tree, believe it would have germinated in the year 1381.

Did You Know?

Sierra Sweet Bay

In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.