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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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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 16 of 22

Buds of Delphinium barbeyi (tall larkspur, Ranunculaceae) killed by a late season frost. In those years, the larkspur suffers reproductive failure, affecting animal species that rely on them for...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 17 of 22

The glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum) is one of the earliest wildflowers to bloom after snowmelt in the Rocky Mountains. Its ovaries and seeds are sensitive to late-season frosts. But...

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View Resource Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change--image 18 of 22

A queen bumble bee (Bombus bifarius) foraging for nectar on a flower of Erythronium grandiflorum (glacier lily). This flower has frost-sensitive ovaries. Bumble bee queens and hummingbirds are...

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