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Images of the diverse variety of vegetation found here.
This mid-summer bloomer closes by day and opens at night to conserve moisture.
Montana's state flower often blooms white, not pink, among the monument's black cinder beds.
Bitterbrush Seed Cache
The beginnings of an antelope bitterbrush shrub.
Isolated stands of aspen offer conspicuous fall color among the monument's black terrain.
Triple twist Limber Pine
Centuries of torque by prevailing winds created three complete revolutions in the trunk of this limber pine. Core samples indicate an age upwards of 1,300 years when the tree died.
Winter Rime Ice on tree
Rime ice forms as water droplets suspended in the air freeze to supercooled objects, like this limber pine tree, in winter.
Witches Broom - snag
Dwarf buckwheats at peak bloom. The extensive root systems of each plant result in relatively equal spacing of individuals.
Dwarf buckwheats and Dwarf monkeyflowers bring color to the otherwise black cinder beds.
SW Inferno Cone Cinder Garden