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June 18th-21st, 2020

In June 2020, the Eriogonum Society Annual Meeting will convene in Elko, Nevada. Elko County is one of the most buckwheat diverse areas outside of California with nearly 70 buckwheat taxa recorded for the county in SEINet. We will visit some of the rare and endemic species on our field trips.

Thursday evening will kick off with a reception at the Northeastern Nevada Museum featuring Basque tapas and drinks and an introduction to Elko County by local ecologist, Cheri Howell.

We usually have our workshop on Friday but this year to accommodate venue schedules, we will visiting the buckwheats near Mountain City instead. Highlights of this tour include a low-elevation population of Eriogonum lewisii (a Nevada endemic) and Eriogonum douglasii var. elkoense, which is endemic to the area near our lunch stop, Sunflower Flat. This large meadow complex is also home to Eriogonum caespitosum, E. heracleoides, E. microthecum, E. strictum, and E. umbellatum along with dozens of other wildlfowers and a rare Antennaria and Artemisia. Dinner is provided by the Mile High Steakhouse at Wildhorse and afterward, optional side trips are available on the way back to Elko.

On Saturday, our half-day workshops will be held at the California Trail Interpretive Center, about 10 miles west of Elko on Interstate 80, choose either morning or afternoon. We will also be visiting a site on Bullion Road where the endemic Eriogonum kingii grows in light colored outcrops. This species also grows in the alpine areas of the Ruby and East Humboldt Mountains. Our dinner venue will be back at the Northeastern Nevada Museum.

Sunday will take us all the way around the northern half of the Ruby Mountains, through Ruby Valley, over Harrison Pass, and ending in Lamoille Canyon. Despite devastating wildfires in the Ruby Mountains last summer, there are still some excellent wildflower displays. Lamoille Canyon has many hiking trails from strolls through the aspen stands to strenuous alpine treks.



List from SEINet:

Eriogonum anemophilum
Eriogonum argophyllum
Eriogonum baileyi
Eriogonum brevicaule
Eriogonum caespitosum
Eriogonum cernuum
Eriogonum crosbyae
Eriogonum desertorum
Eriogonum douglasii
Eriogonum elatum
Eriogonum esmeraldense
Eriogonum heracleoides
Eriogonum hookeri
Eriogonum kingii
Eriogonum lewisii
Eriogonum maculatum
Eriogonum microthecum
Eriogonum nidularium
Eriogonum nutans
Eriogonum ovalifolium
Eriogonum palmerianum
Eriogonum panguicense
Eriogonum proliferum
Eriogonum shockleyi
Eriogonum sphaerocephalum
Eriogonum strictum
Eriogonum umbellatum
Eriogonum villiflorum
Eriogonum vimineum
Eriogonum watsonii
Oxytheca dendroidea