Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 19, 2018

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 3/18/18

Borrego Wildflowers reports

03/18/2018 Fish Creek South Fork Mile 9.2 One of the last chances to visit Fish Creek as it didn’t get any meaningful rain since September 2017.
We found a couple of very happy young Emory’s indigo bush, Psorothamnus emoryi and YES we are very lucky this season, our third blooming Thurber’s pilostyles, Pilostyles thurberi find.
Next stop to check if the Long leafed ephedra, Ephedra trifurca were in bloom, YES. A very dangerous business photographing the flowers, the spines are really sharp.
We found: Xylorhiza orcuttii page.

Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 20.

03/16/2018 Rocky gully wash Up to a wash close to Upper Willows that on the sat imagines showed interesting white/gray slopes.
Middle willows creek is rather deep and it’s (almost) impossible to keep your feet dry.
Once out Middle willows the germination is as good as we’ve ever seen in this area.
Once in the target wash, a big surprise nothing seemed to survive in this wash except Scale broom;California broomsage, Lepidospartum squamatum.
Scale broom;California broomsage, Lepidospartum squamatum was the most interesting find of the hike as the young plants didn’t resemble the mature plant in any way.
On our way back a new find for us an Atriplex suberecta, Coyote canyon brings out many new plants this season.
Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 58. apparent surface water.

See photos and older reports at Borrego Wildflowers

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