Popfar 1 (short for Population Encelia farinosa 1) is located in the southeastern part of Death Valley National Park (map). Monitoring of this population was started by Jim Ehleringer in 1981, making our visit this year the 34th consecutive survey of this population - with no end in sight!
Popfar 2 (Encelia farinosa 2) is adjacent to old Route 66 near the "ghost" town of Oatman. Oatman isn't much of a ghost town anymore. It's a tourist attraction that's kind of like a cross between a flea market and Knott's Berry Farm, complete with mock gunfights, street-roaming burros and 5-for-$10 t-shirts.
Popfru/HymenX stands for Populations Encelia frutescens and Hymenoclea salsola. The X is because a hybrid Hymenoclea salsola x Ambrosia dumosa was once found here. Thus it was not as surprising to us that Hymenoclea salsola is now classified as Ambrosia salsola in the new Jepson manual. Nonetheless, the site has retained the old name.
DEPRAVED 2014 took place over spring break. Here are a few photos from that trip.