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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 06 of 22

Ants (Formica obscuripes) searching for extrafloral nectar on the involucral bracts around a flower head in bud in the frost-sensitive herb Helianthella quinquenervis. The ants help to deter...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 07 of 22

A meadow with thousands of plants of Helianthella quinquenervis (aspen sunflower, Asteraceae) at peak bloom. This species is a common long-lived perennial plant in meadows near the Rocky Mountain...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 08 of 22

Photo of a meadow with thousands of Helianthella quinquenervis (aspen sunflower, Asteraceae) plants. In the year that this photo was taken, a springtime frost killed all but a few flower buds....

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 09 of 22

A graph of the number of unfrosted flowers of the aspen sunflower (Helianthella quinquenervis) from an annual count in a 10x45m plot at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic, Colorado, by...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 10 of 22

The number of flowers produced by the aspen sunflower (Helianthella quinquenervis) in a particular year is affected by the date of the start of the growing season, which is in turn influenced by the...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 11 of 22

Results of a demographic study of Helianthella quinquenervis (aspen sunflower, Asteraceae) within plots at 2,900m at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Note that seedlings are not common in...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 12 of 22

Excavated plants of Helianthella quinquenervis (aspen sunflower, Asteraceae). H. quinquenervis is a long-lived perennial (some individuals can live 50-75 years). Note that each plant has multiple...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 13 of 22

Delphinium barbeyi, or tall larkspur, flowering in a year with no frost damage. Photographed (by David Inouye) in front of Gothic Mountain, at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Altitude about...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 14 of 22

A female broad-tailed hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) in Colorado visiting tall larkspur (Delphinium barbeyi). The hummingbirds migrate north from Mexico each spring. Larkspurs serve as an...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 15 of 22

Photo of an early-stage inflorescence of tall larkspur (Delphinium barbeyi) after a mid-June snowstorm at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. The buds were killed by the cold temperature. Like ...

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