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How threatened is Uinta Basin’s rare desert flower?

How threatened is Uinta Basin’s rare desert flower?

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By Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Dec 01 2013 01:01 am • Last Updated Dec 01 2013 02:45 pm

Graham’s and White River beardtongue are rare desert flowers that grow almost exclusively in Uintah County’s badlands. But these plants, also known as penstemon, sink their roots into Green River Formation shales, putting their conservation on a collision course with a vast yet untapped hydrocarbon resource.

For reasons that are not well understood, these beardtongue species appear only near Utah’s oil shale outcrops, known as the Mahogany Ledge, federal officials say. (…)

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