Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 26, 2016

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers 4/26/16

The  Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association Wildflowers Update has the following new reports

April 26 First – Second – Third Crossing  View Hike Details Here 
We started at second crossing, hiked along the creek up to lower willows and looped back along the bypass road. Yes we added a couple of species to our flower list. High wind in town, a little bit better where we hiked, so a bit tough to get a good picture. We added to our list: Short lobe phacelia, Phacelia brachyloba found in a couple of locations. Toad rush, Juncus bufonius var. bufonius Spanish clover, Acmispon americanus var. americanus Canyon dodder, Cuscuta subinclusa Screwbean mesquite, Prosopis pubescens, first time in bloom. 

April 25 Plum Canyon – North Pinyon Moun  View Hike Details Here 
Up a fork of plum canyon, it was dry when we visited it in March, so we expected less plants. But many bigger annuals, not what we expected at all. Hundreds of Nemacladus, that slowed us down considerably and 3 different Nemacladus no less. Desert threadplant, Nemacladus rubescens by far the most prominent with large hard to miss plants, followed by Sigmoid threadplant, Nemacladus sigmoideus and in lower numbers Glandular threadplant, Nemacladus glanduliferus. We where looking at the many Chaenactis and wondered how small they could get, 2 disk flowers that’s pretty small. We found Spearleaf, Matelea parvifolia in very early bloom. Supprisingly good looking Chia, Salvia columbariae and Whispering bells, Emmenanthe penduliflora penduliflora. Parry’s dalea, Marina parryi aren’t good bloomers, but this seems to be prime bloom.

April 18 Pacific Crest Trail – Warner Springs   View Hike Details Here 
This was the  next part of our Pacific Crest Trail, Warner Springs. What a change from the part we did from Thule Canyon rd, this is the wetter part. The start was not promising, grass all over, that got us worried, but not for long. Wild canterbury bells, Phacelia minor, large and in good numbers. Finally real fields of Chinese houses, Collinsia concolor, never seen so many of them. One of Carla’s goals was to find the Branching phacelia, Phacelia ramosissima and they where lining the trail. This is home of the Common linanthus, Leptosiphon parviflorus, in flower fields all the way we hiked. We where pleased to see so many Wide-throated yellow monkeyflower, Mimulus brevipes on of our favorites.

See photos at Anza-Borrego Wildflower Updates



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