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Wyoming Rare Plant Field Guide

Illustration of Penstemon gibbensii

Text by Walter Fertig

Photography by Charmaine Refsdal and Jennifer Whipple

This resource is based on the following source:

Fertig, W., C. Refsdal, and J. Whipple. 1994.  Wyoming Rare Plant 
     Field Guide.  Wyoming Rare Plant Technical Committee, Cheyenne.  
This resource should be cited as:
Fertig, W., C. Refsdal, and J. Whipple. 1994.  Wyoming Rare Plant 
     Field Guide.  Wyoming Rare Plant Technical Committee, Cheyenne.  
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     (Version 16JUL97).

The objective of this guide is to assist federal personnel, professional and amateur botanists, and interested lay persons in the identification of the rarest plant species in Wyoming. Each of the 91 species listed in the Species Descriptions page below is represented with a page containing a color photograph, a line drawing, a distribution map, and descriptive text. Additionally, the other links below list the rare plants according to location, vegetation and soil type, and agency classifiaction.

Table of Contents

Rare Plants of Wyoming: Species Descriptions

Definitions and Codes
Wyoming Rare Plant Reference List
United States Forest Service Rare Plant List
Ashley National Forest
Bighorn National Forest
Black Hills National Forest
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Medicine Bow National Forest
Shoshone National Forest
Targhee National Forest
Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Bureau of Land Management Rare Plant List
Casper District
Rawlins District
Rock Springs District
Worland District
Other Agencies
National Park Service Rare Plants
Department of Defense Rare Plants
Bureau of Reclamation Rare Plants
US Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Rare Plants
Wyoming Indian Tribes Rare Plants
Rare Plants on Wyoming State Lands
Species by Vegetation Type
Species by Soil Type

The Wyoming Rare Plant Technical Committee

Duane Atwood, Botanist
US Forest Service, IntermountainRegion, Ogden, UT
Jeff Carroll, Botanist
Bureau of Land Management. Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, WY
Don Christianson
Natural Resource Policy Section, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Cheyenne, WY
Walter Fertig, Botanist
Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Laramie, WY
Andrew Kratz, Botanist
US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Lakewood, CO
Steve Laster, Range Management Specialist
Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Resource Area, Pinedale, WY
Bill Noblitt, Chair, TES Biologist
US Forest Service, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Jackson, WY
Charmaine Refsdal, Botanist/Photographer
Green River, WY
Jennifer Whipple, Botanist
Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Bureau of Land

Cheyenne, WY
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U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service

Cheyenne, WY
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Forest Service

Ogden, UT
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National Park Service
Rocky Mountain Region

Denver, CO
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Wyoming Game &
Fish Department

Cheyenne, WY
  The Nature Conservancy
Wyoming Natural
Diversity Database

Laramie, WY

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