Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 31, 2018

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 3/30/18

Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association reports

The ocotillo forests from Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Rec. Area west to the turn to Borrego Springs Road are awash in a sea of red right now.   There are also some really pretty specimens blooming along Borrego Springs Road after the Texas Dip to the Air Ranch.

Borrego Wildflowers reports

03/31/2018 San Felipe Valley Wildlife area loop Middle
This area is on our frequent visit list.
Bloom is very scattered and might go up in a couple of weeks as we observed scattered germinations and plants hidden in grass.
The creek is partially running from the springs heading south and vanishes along the way.
Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 47.

03/29/2018 Culp Valley Springs
This area has an incredible high density of springs and a seasonal creek.
Surface water at a couple of springs and the creek is flowing.
The bloom count is not too bad, in this very dry looking area. The dominant bloomer: The Parish’s purple nightshade, Solanum parishii.
Species in bloom above 3000 feet: 45.

03/28/2018 Upper Oriflamme Canyon looBack to the Upper Oriflamme.
Wow, nothing happened here almost no bloom and germination.
We expected much more as the area just below had a good bloom a week ago.
Probably have to revisit the area in a wetter year.
Species in bloom above 3000 feet: 8.

03/28/2018 Indian Canyon

Back to Indian Canyon into Deering canyon to check out the Giant chain fern, Woodwardia fimbriata Walt found a couple of weeks back.
Such a big plant was easy to find. We found at least one more higher up in the canyon.
Huge, meters long Heermann’s Lotus, Acmispon heermannii heermannii in excellent bloom, the first time we’ve seen it in full bloom.
The best find of the week, to finally find San Jacinto beardtongue, Penstemon clevelandii var. connatus in good bloom.
The germination is good just south of the parking, but very small.
Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 83.


See photos and older reports at Borrego Wildflowers

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