Big mountain sagebrush
Ecology

Big mountain sagebrush

Species name: Artemisia tridentata Sagebrush flats are the most dominant community in Jackson Hole, and sagebrush is the most dominant plant in the flats. Unlike aspen, big mountain sagebrush (the most common species of sagebrush in Jackson Hole) is not capable of asexual reproduction. Sagebrush must reproduce by seeding, and it takes very specific conditions for … Continue reading

Aspen
Ecology

Aspen

Scientific name: Populus tremuloides Unlike common names, scientific names always hold clues to the identification of a species. For aspen, the genus name Populus refers to the ability and tendency for aspen to reproduce asexually, and the species name tremuloides refers to a specific adaptation of the leaf petiole that causes the leaves to tremble, hence one of aspen’s common … Continue reading

SCAR: Communities of Jackson Hole
Ecology

SCAR: Communities of Jackson Hole

In Jackson Hole, there are four major natural communities: Sagebrush, Conifer, Aspen, and Riparian (SCAR). Sagebrush communities dominate the flats due to their drought tolerance, which is made possible through various adaptations. Species in sagebrush communities include big mountain sage (Artemisia tridentata), antelope bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) and Oregon grape (Mahonia repens). Sagebrush communities are found … Continue reading