Yank Pit Canyon.
Canyon in the Virgin Mountains of Clark County, Nevada. Name does not appear in the GNIS nor does it appear on maps published since the 1950's. I have also reviewed the geological literature published since 1950, and found no references to the canyon by name.
"Yant" is a Piute name for Agave deserti or A. utahensis, so this name refers to a canyon with a lot of agave roasting pits.
Philip A. Munz and a graduate student, N. C. Sweet, collected in this canyon on 4 June 1941, collecting several species of interest. There is a rare bryophyte, Trichostomum sweetii (E. B. Bartram) L. R. Stark, that Sweet collected. There is rare form of Agave utahensis collected by P. A. Munz. And, there is a collection Swertia albomarginata that attracted my interest.
Quoting from Stark (2007):
| Two main canyons enter the Virgin Mountains on the south side; both are unnamed
on any official map. One of these is the obvious entry point for Munz’s group
since it has a road most of its length and was the site of the “Nay Summer
Camp.” This area is called “Nay Canyon” in Armstrong’s thesis and has many of
the plants collected by Munz on his trip as well as good bryophyte habitat on
the north-facing slopes. It is a bit puzzling though, because it does not have
an obvious “east fork” at the elevations listed by Munz. Another canyon with no
name parallels “Nay Canyon” just to the west. This other canyon is also
promising because it has a more obvious “east fork” and while it remains
roadless it is still relatively accessible. Also, according to W. Niles
(personal communication) “Yant Pit Canyon” may be one of the lower canyons in
that area and is probably not the same as "Nay Canyon.” |
Latitude: 36.5536 Longitude: -114.1098 (° decimal)
Articles that refer to this location:
Literature Referring To This Location:
Lawton, Elva. 1958. Mosses of Nevada. The Bryologist. 61(4):314-334. Refers to a collection of a moss in Yant Pit Canyon, unknown whether the location of the canyon is actually given.
Post, Douglas M. 1956. Studies in the Gentianaceae:
Frasera and Swertia of North America. Ph.D. dissertation. University of California, Berkeley. 1956..
Stark, Lloyd R. 2007. An Evaluation of the Non-vascular Plants of Concern in Clark County. Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan Grant. Final Report. An excerpt of this report was provided to me by David Charlet.
Stark, Lloyd R., and Alan T. Whittemore. 2000. Bryophytes from the northern Mojave Desert. I. A list of reported species. Southwestern Naturalist. 45: 226-232. Reports a collection of bryophyte Trichostomum sweetii (Bartr.) Stark. NV, Clark Co., Virgin Mts, Yant Pit Canyon (Bartram 1945, as Weissia sweetii Bartr.) BARTRAM, E. B. 1945. A new Weissia and a new Tortula from southwestern United States. Bryologist, 48: 90-92.
Species collected at or near this location:
Frasera albomarginata S. Watson.
Agave utahensis (Engelm.) Gentry. Utah Agave
Aristida purpurea Nutt. nealleyi (Vasey) Allred. Blue Threeawn
|Total number of taxa:|| 3
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Date and time this article was prepared:5:24:21 PM, 6/19/2020.