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Floristics Projects: Kansas


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  1. Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands. This represents a thesis project by Bernadette Kuhn. Fieldwork was conducted during the summers of 2007 and 2008. This area included the Cimarron National Grassland and Comanche National Grassland as well as adjacent private land. The study area is 1,926 mi2, spread over Baca, Otero, and Las Animas counties in Colorado and Morton County in Kansas. Elevation ranges from 3,200 to 6,444 feet. Collected were 9,281 collections representing 633 unique taxa. Exotic taxa comprised 16.5% of the flora (107 taxa) of which 16 are listed as noxious weeds. A total of 24 rare taxa were documented. In addition, two state records were added to the flora of Colorado, Astrolepis integerrima (Hook.) D. M. Benham & Windham and Digitaria pubiflora (Vasey) Wipff. Cyperus retroflexus Buckley, collected on the Cimarron National Grasslands, is an addition to the flora of Kansas. Funding was provided by the San Isabel National Forest, Edwin Payson Scholarship, and the University of Wyoming.