CNHP botanist Bernadette Kuhn recently reported on her summer field work. If you think botany is boring, think again!
BLACK CANYON GILIA: CLIFF HANGER
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is home to the cliff-dwelling Black Canyon gilia (Gilia penstemenoides). Working with the National Park Service, we recently conducted surveys for Black Canyon gilia in the Park and the Curecanti National Recreation Area. In order to reach the plants, we roped up and rapped down onto the cliffs that tower nearly 2,000 feet above the Gunnison River.