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Plant Species DescriptionsColored drawing of scarlet globemallow

The Great Basin is home to a diverse assemblage of plant species. Those species native to the Great Basin have aquired specific adaptations enabling them to inhabit this harsh, often unforgiving land.

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Some non-native plant species, accidentally and intentionally introduced to the Great Basin, have also found ways to survive...and even thrive. The harmful non-native species are called invasive weeds. These weeds can alter Great Basin rangelands, affecting its native plants, wildlife, and people.


Colored drawing of crested wheatgrassOther introduced plant species may help heal wounds caused by invasive weeds. These exotic restoration species have many desirable characteristcs and, in many cases, can compete with invasive weeds.