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Plants of Utah: Basin and Range

Basin and Range Plants
Plant communities change with elevation.

With basins and ranges come plant diversity.  Salt-tolerant plants such as pickleweed, greasewood, and shadscale grows in playas (low salty flats).  Dry foothills are home to shrubby sagebrush, Gambel oak, and mountain mahogany.

Where moisture increases with elevation pinyon-juniper woodlands grow on low slopes and then give way to aspens, spruce and fir higher up.  Cool temperatures limit plant growth on the highest peaks, where hardy bristlecone pne and subalpine fir populate the alpine tundra.