Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2011

Joshua Tree Wildflower Report 4/12/11

Submitted by
Julia Lynam, Interpretive Ranger
Cottonwood Ranger Station, Joshua Tree National Park

Great photo opportunities are reported in the northern area of the Park where Parry’s Nolina is flowering. This yucca relative with its six-foot flower stems bearing dense clusters of creamy white flowers provides a dramatic counterpoint to the stark mountain terrain of Joshua Tree National Park. Nolina is blooming on trails around the West entrance and in the Pine City/Queen Valley area. Park at Pine City trailhead or drive the Queen Valley Road. These unpaved roads are accessible to regular automobiles.

Many flowers are blooming throughout the Park, right up to the higher elevations, and most trails will repay a visit. The more we look the more we see!

The early annual flowers on the low-lying Bajada in the south of the Park are fading to be replaced by blooming brittlebush and some cactus. Yellow desert dandelions, desert senna and coreopsis brighten the roadsides in the Pinto Basin and Wilson Canyon.

For abundance and locations of Wildflowers click on Read More

Abundance: Sightings of any particular species may refer to many blooms, or to just a few blooms. On a scale of one to ten, the number that appears after the location key refers to an estimate of relative abundance of flowers at that location, with “1” indicating a few scattered blooms and “10” indicating that the place is carpeted with the species!

There may be several common names for a species – or none!  Please refer to the scientific name if you don’t recognize the common name.

Key to Locations. See park map to find them.

 

  Elevation   Elevation
49 49 Palms Oasis 2700’ LHV Lost Horse Valley 4500’
BD Barker Dam 4280’ NE North Entrance 2810’
BJ Bajada 2000’ OVC Oasis Visitor Center 1960’
BR Black Rock 4000’ PB Pinto Basin 1800’
CC Cholla Cactus Garden 2160’ QV Queen Valley 4300’
CW Cottonwood 3100’ SB South Boundary 1500’
HV Hidden Valley 4200’ SR Skull Rock 4320’
IC Indian Cove 2730’ STR Stirrup Tank Road 3500’
JR Jumbo Rocks 4380’ W West entrance area 3520’
LSB Little San Bernardino Mtns various WC Wilson Canyon 3000’
 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Flowers

Common NameScientific NameLocation/Abundance Acton’s brittlebushEncelia actoniiSTR/4 Adonis blazing starMentzelia multiflora var longilobaQV Barrel cactusFerocactus cylindraceusBJ/1, SB/1, CW/2, QV, 49/2, QV, STR/1 Bird’s nest buckwheatEriogonum nidulariumQV BlackbrushColeogyne ramosissmiaQV BladderpodIsomeris arboreaCW/5, PB/5, 49/2, QV Blazing starMentzelia nitensCW/1, 49/1, STR/3 BrittlebushEncelia farinosaBJ/5, WC/3, PB/3, SB/6, LSB/6, CW/5, 49/3, QV Buckwheat speciesEriogonum sppLSB/5, SB/4, BJ/8, California coreopsisCoreopsis californicaWC/6, W/4, QV, STR/9 California evening primroseCamissonia californicaSB/1, QV, STR/1 California juniperJuniperus californicaQV, CW/1 Checker fiddleneckAmsinckia tessellataBJ/1, W/6, WC/5, CW/2, NE/4 QV/8, HV/2, BD/4,SB/3, STR/7 ChinchweedPectis papposa var papposaPB/4 Coastal lotus, coastal bird’s foot trefoilLotus salsuginotus var brevivexillusSB/3 Cooper’s jewelflowerCaulanthus cooperiQV, STR/1 Creosote bushLarrea tridentataCC/5, CW/1, PB/3, WC/2, LSB/6, SB/6,QV, BJ/5, STR/3 Desert bedstrawGalium stellatum var eremicumSB/1,QV Desert dandelionMalacothrix glabrataPB/8, BJ/2, W/2, WC/5, LSB/2, SB/4, QV, STR/1   Desert lotus, Desert bird’s-foot trefoilLotus strigosusPB/3, BJ/3, CW/2, LSB/1,SB/3, W/1, STR/3, QV Desert miseltoePhoradendron californicumSTR/2 Desert rockpeaLotus rigidus49/3, CW/5, IC, SR/2, HV/4, BD/4, SB/4, LSB/2, W/5, QV, STR/3 Desert sennaSenna armataCC/1, SB/2, PB/2, QV, CW/1 Desert trumpetEriogonum inflatum var inflatumCW/3, PB/4, WC/1, SB/3, LSB/5,QV Dwarf cottonroseFilago depressaSB/5 Dyssodia, San Felipe dogwoodAdenophyllum porophylloidesSB/5, LSB/5, QV, CW/1 False woolly daisySyntricopappus fremontiiQV Golden desert-trumpetsLinanthus aureusCW/1, STR/1 Golden suncupsCamissonia brevipesCW/3, SB/2,QV, STR/2 Goldenbush (linear leaved)Ericameria linearifoliaQV Granny’s hairnetPterostegia drymariodesLSB/1, STR/1 Green brittlebushEncelia frutescensPB/1 Heart-leaved evening primroseCamissonia cardiophylla ssp cardiophyllaSB/3 Jones’s blazing starMentzelia jonesiiLSB/1, W/2 Live-foreverDudleya saxosaQV, N/1, CW/2,STR/1, STR/2London rocketSisymbrium irioLSB/4, SB/1, CW/1 Mojave ragweedSenecio mohavensisPB/3, Mormon teaEphedra sppQV, CW/2, STR/3 Pale evening primroseCamissonia pallidaSB/2, CW1,QV, STR/3 Palmer bead-pod, bladderpodLesquerella tenellaCW/1 Pancake-pear cactus, Dollar-joint cactusOpuntia chloroticaQV Parish’s golden poppyEschscholzia parishiiBJ/3, PB/3, CW/2, LSB/3,SB/4, W/5, WC/2, 49/1,QV, STR/3 Parish’s viguiera/goldeneyeViguiera parishiiCW/6, LSB/4, W/1, 49/1, QV, STR/3 Prince’s plumeStanleya pinnataCW/2 Pygmy cedarPeucephyllum schottiiPB/1, LSB/3, SB/3 Pygmy poppyEschscholzia minutifloraW/1, STR/1 Ranch weedAmsinckia menziesiiQV Rush milkweed, AjameteAsclepius subulataPB/1 Sahara mustard*Brassica tournefortiiCW/1, PB/3, STR/1 Sand blazing starMentzelia involucrataCW/2, QV,STR/1,   ScalebudAnisocoma acaulisLHV/1, SR/2, QV/5, STR/2 Silver puffsUropappus lindeyiQV, STR/2 Skunkbush sumacRhus trilobataQV Stebben’s desert dandelionMalacothrix stebbensiiSTR/1 SweetbushBebbia juncea var asperaPB/4, LSB/1, SB/1, QV TrixisTrixis californica var californicaPB/2, CW/1, LSB/4, SB/2, STR/1 Tumble mustardSisymbrium altissimumQV Twining snapdragonAntirrhinum filipesCW/1, LSB/1, W/1,QV, STR/2 Wallace’s woolly daisyEriophyllum wallaceiCW/2, BJ/1, W/4, N/3, PB/4, SR/2, WC/6, BR/2, QV, STR/5 Wand holdbackCaesalpinia virgataSB/4, LSB/1 Whispering bellsEmmenanthe pendulifloraBJ/2, CW/2, W/3, STR/2 Yellow or thick-leaved ground cherryPhysalis crassifoliaCW/2, PB/2, BJ/1, LSB/1,SB/1,QV, STR/1 White-stem blazing starMentzelia albicaulisQV, STR/2 White-stem milkweedAsclepius albicansBJ/1 Yellowhead, YellowdomeTrichoptilium incisumPB/1, CW/1, LSB/1, WC/2, SB/4 Yellow tansy mustardDescurainia pinnataCW/3, W/2, QV, STR/2 STR/2Yellow turbansEriogonum pusillumQV, STR/2   

Red or Orange Flowers
Common Name Scientific Name Location/Abundance
Arrowleaf (red & yellow) Pleurocoronis pluriseta PB/3, LSB/6, SB/5, CW/1, QV
Burroweed, White bursage Ambrosia dumosa PB/4, SB/5, LSB/5, CW/2, 49/1, STR/8
Chuparosa Justicia californica BJ/3, CW/2, QV
Desert mallow/ Globe mallow Sphaeralcea ambigua CW/4, N/1, WC/4, BJ/1,LSB/3, SB/3, W/1, 49/2, QV, STR/4
Desert paintbrush Castilleja angustifolia W/2,QV/4, STR/1
Hall’s purple bush Tertracoccus hallii SB/4, CW/2
Mojave mound cactus Echinocereus triglochidiatus HV/1, QV/3
Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens BJ/2, PB/3, CW/3, LSB/2, SB/2
Pygmy weed Crassula connata STR/2
Scarlet milkvetch Astragalus coccineus Lost Palms Trail/1, QV/2
White Flowers
Common Name Scientific Name Location/Abundance
Anderson’s desert thorn Lycium andersonii CW/2, LSB/2, SB/4, W/1,QV
Brown-eyed primrose Camissonia claviformis BJ/4, PB/4, WC/4, LSB/6, SB/5, W/2, 49/1,QV
California mustard Guillenia lasiophylla STR/2
Cheesebush Hymenoclea salsola PB/3, BJ/4, CW/4, SB/6, LSB/6, WC/4, QV, STR/8
Climbing milkweed, trailing townula Sarcostemma hitellum LSB/3, SB/3, CC/1, QV, STR/1
Comb burr Pectocarya spp BJ/7, WC/2, LSB/3, SB/2, CW/3, BR/6, W/5, QV, STR/4
Desert almond Prunus fasiculatum QV
Desert alyssum Lepidium fremontii BJ/1, IC/1, WC/1, CC/1, CW/4, PB/2, W/2, QV, STR/2
Desert chicory Rafinesquia neomexicana PB/1, BJ/1, WC/1, CW/1, SB/3, 49/1, QV, STR/1
Desert  Pincushion Chaenactis carphoclinia var carphoclinia PB/5, BJ/2, WC/1, CW/1, SB/3, W/3, 49/1
Desert rock daisy Perityle emoryi PB/4, BJ/1, LSB/4, WC/4, SB/3, QV
Desert snow Linanthus jonesii SB/1
Desert star Monoptilon belloides PB/2, BJ/1, CW/1, QV, STR/4
Desert star vine, desert jewel star Brandegea bigelovii BJ/3, CC/2,  WC/4, PB/4, CW/1,LSB/3, SB/3, QV, STR/4
Desert tobacco Nicotiana obtusifolia PB/2, CW/2, IC/3, BJ/1, WC/1,LSB/3, SB/4, QV, STR/2
Ditaxis Ditaxis lanceolata PB/2, CW/1, SB/3
Dune evening primrose Oenothera deltoides Geology Tour Rd/2
Evening snow Linanthus dichotomus SB/1, STR/1
Fiesta flower Pholistoma membranaceum CW/2, PB/1, SB/2, LSB/2, W/1, QV
Fremont’s pincushion Chaenactis fremontii LSB/3, SB/2, QV, STR/4
Fringe pod Thysanocarpus curvipes QV, STR/2
Ghost flower Mohavea confertifolia LSB/3
Joshua tree Yucca brevifolia BR/1, Park Boulevard/1, BD/1
Lace pod Thysanocarpus laciniatus PB/1, W/1
Long beaked twist flower Streptanthella longirostris W/1
Milk vetch Astragalus nutallianus STR/1
Mojave yucca Yucca schidigera QV
Narrowleaf suncup Camissonia refracta PB/2, BJ/1, WC/1, SB/2 LSB/2
Onyx flower/Frostmat/Sandmat Achyronycia cooperi PB/3, WC/1
Panamint cat’s eye Cryptantha angustifolia PB/4, BJ/2, W/2
Parry nolina, beargrass Nolina parryii HV/2, LHV/2, QV/5, W/3
Parry’s tackstem Calycoseris parryi QV
Pearl-o-rock Phacelia perityloides QV
Popcorn flower Plagiobothrys spp IC/5, BD/5, QV/5, W/4
Pungent brickell bush Brickellia arguta QV
Rattlesnake weed Chamaesyce albomarginata QV/2, STR/2
Sacred datura, jimson weed Datura wrightii QV, PB/2, BJ/2
Sand cress, Pussy-paws, Calyptridium monardum BJ/1, BR/1
Silky dalea Dalea molis CW/2, SB/6,
Smallseed sandmat Chamaesyce polycarpa PB/3, LSB/6, SB/7, CW/4, STR/2
Sonoran sandmat Chamaesyce micromera LSB/1
Spectacle-pod Dithyria californica PB/1, WC/1
Steve’s/desert pincushion Chaenactis stevioides QV, STR/7
Thurber’s spineflower Centostegia thurberi STR/2
Tidy Tips Layia glandulosa W/3, WC/1, QV, STR/1
Wishbone bush Mirabilis laevis var californica QV, W/1, 49/1, STR/3
Woody bottle washer Camissonia boothii WC, BJ/1
Yuma sandmat Chamaesyce setiloba SB/3, LSB/3
 
Pink to Purple Flowers
Common Name Scientific Name Location/s
Arizona lupine Lupinus arizonicus BJ/1, PB/1, N/3, W/2, LSB/3, SB/4, WC/1, 49/2
Bajada lupine Lupinus sparsiflorus QV, STR/1
Beavertail Cactus Opuntia basilaris var basilaris BJ/1, CC/1, LSB/3, SB/2, WC/2, QV
Bigelow’s monkey flower Mimulus bigelovii BJ/1, CW/2, LSB/3, SB/3, 49/1,QV
Brome grass Bromus madritensis ssp rubens SB/5, STR/9
Calico or hedgehog cactus Echinocereus englemanii CC/1, BJ/1, SB/1, CW/1, W/1, STR/1
Chia Salvia columbariae PB/6, BJ/7, N/3, SR/2, SB/5, LSB/6, CW/6, W/1, WC/4, 49/1,QV, STR/6
Desert buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum QV
Desert calico Loeseliastrum matthewsii BJ/1
Desert five spot Eremalche rotundifolia PB/1, SB/3
Desert heron’s bill Erodium texanum BD/1
Desert lavender Hyptis  emoryi BJ/3, PB/3, LSB/8,SB/6, WC/1, CC/2, 49/1,QV, STR/3
Desert/hairy sand verbena Abronia villosa var villosa PB/1, W/1
Desert parsley Lomatium mohavense QV/5, HV/2, W/3, STR/2
Desert thistle Cirsium neomexicanicum QV
Dune peabush Psorothamnus emoryi PB/2
Filaree, red-stemmed storksbill Erodium cicutarium BJ/2, CW/2, PB/2, W/5, BD/5, QV
Freckled milk vetch Astragalus lentiginosus var fremontii W/2
Heliotrope Phacelia/Wild heliotrope/ Laceleaf phacelia Phacelia distans WC/3, CW/4, BJ/3, LSB/5, W/4, SB/4, QV, STR/5
Hairy prairie-clover Dalea mollis PB/2
Hidden-flower scorpion weed Phacelia cryptantha QV
Indigo bush Psorothamnus schottii QV
Littleseed muhly (grass) Muhlenbergia microsperma LSB/1, STR/2
Milk vetch Astragalus spp W/3
Mojave aster Xylorhiza tortifolia BJ/1, CW/2, SB/2, 49/2, QV, STR/2
Mojave thistle Cirsium mohavense QV
Notch-leaf scorpion weed or phacelia Phacelia crenulata PB/2, WC/3, BJ/2, CW/1,LSB/4, SB/4, W/1
Odora Porophyllum gracile CW/2, STR/1
Paper bag bush Salazaria mexicana N/1, CW/1,QV
Parry dalea Marina parryi WC/1
Peppergrass Lepidium lasiocarpum var lasiocarpum STR/1
Perennial rock cress Arabis perennans BD/1, W/2
Purple mat Nama demissum BJ/2, LSB/1, CW/1, SR/2, SB/2, W/1, QV, STR/2
Purple pop-ups Pholisma arenarium STR/1
Purple three-awn Aristida purpurea STR/2
Rattlepod Astragalus lentigulosus QV/2
Rock cress Arabis pulchra QV, STR/2
Rock gilia Gilia scopulorum CW/1, BJ/2, WC/2
Rock hibiscus, paleface Hibiscus denudatus PB/1, WC/1, LSB/3, SB/3
Rosy gilia Gilia sinuata STR/1
Smallseed fagonia Fagonia laevis PB/3, BJ/1, CW/2, SB/3,LSB/4
Spanish needles Palafoxia arida var arida PB/1, BJ/1, CC/2
Spotted hideseed, common eucrypta Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var bipinnatifida LSB/1, QV, STR/1
Star gilia Gilia stellata SB/3, LSB/2, CW/2, W/4, STR/2
Sticky fagonia Fagonia pachyacantha SB/5
Tiquilia canescans Tiquilia canescans STR/1
Turpentine Broom Thamnosoma montana NE,QV
White rhatany Krameria erecta CW/1, SB/2
Windmills Allionia incarnata LSB/1,QV
Yellow throats Phacelia freemonti W/1
 

 

Blue Flowers

Common NameScientific NameLocation/AbundanceAmsoniaAmsonia tomentosaSTR/7, CW/2Canterbury bell, desert bellPhacelia campanulariaCW/5, BJ/2, LSB,/3, N/1, WC/1, W/2, 49/1, QVCoulter’s lupineLupinus sparsiflorusCW/3, W/3, WC/2, QV, STR/1

Green and Brown Flowers
Common Name Scientific Name Location/Abundance
Beetle spurge Euphorbia eriantha SB/1, CW/1
Big Galleta grass Pleuraphis rigida SB/1,QV, STR/4
Brittle spineflower Chorizanthe brevicornu var brevicornu LSB/3, SB/5, CW/2
Brome fescue (grass) Vulpia bromoides SB/2, STR/2
California croton Croton californicus PB/2
Cheat grass Bromus tectorum QV
Common cudweed Filago californica STR/2
Devil’s spineflower, spiny herb Chorizanthe rigida SB/1
Hopsage Grayia spinosa QV, W/2
Indian rice grass Achnatherum hymenoides QV
Jojoba Simmondsia chinensis LSB/1, SB/4, CW/2, QV
Mediterranean grass Schismus barbatus STR/7
Oniongrass Melica frutescens STR/1
Pinon pine Pinus monophylla QV
Plantain Plantago ovata PB/4, SB/5, WC/4, STR/3
Queen’s root Stillingia linearifolia CW/1, LSB/1, QV, STR/1
Silver cholla Opuntia echinocarpa QV
Six-weeks three awn (grass) Aristida adcensionis SB/3
Squirrel tail grass Elymus elumoides STR/1
Tucker’s oak Quercus john-tuckeri QV
  • invasive species of concern

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