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Title: Demography and monitoring of Welsh's milkweed (Asclepias welshii) at Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Author: Palmer, Brent C.; Armstrong, L.;

Date: 2001

Source: In: Maschinski, Joyce; Holter, Louella, tech. eds. Southwestern rare and endangered plants: Proceedings of the Third Conference; 2000 September 25-28; Flagstaff, AZ. Proceedings RMRS-P-23. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 59-69.

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Description: Results are presented of a 12-year monitoring program on the Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Sand Hills populations of the threatened Welsh's milkweed, Asclepias welshii N & P Holmgren. The species is an early sera1 member of the dune flora, colonizing blowouts and advancing with shifting dunes. When an area stabilizes and other vegetation encroaches, A. welshii is crowded out. Reproduction is by seeds and rhizomes, with the latter being more important. Three growth forms and their significance in colony dynamics are recognized. Monitoring has measured fluctuations in stem counts, vegetative competition, off-road vehicle impacts, and the general instability of the environment.

Keywords: plant conservation, genetics, demography, reproductive biology, monitoring, endangered species

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Palmer, Brent C.; Armstrong, L. 2001. Demography and monitoring of Welsh's milkweed (Asclepias welshii) at Coral Pink Sand Dunes. In: Maschinski, Joyce; Holter, Louella, tech. eds. Southwestern rare and endangered plants: Proceedings of the Third Conference; 2000 September 25-28; Flagstaff, AZ. Proceedings RMRS-P-23. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 59-69.

 


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