Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 2, 2018

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 5/1/18

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5/01/2018 The Collins valley canyons, those with a creek are just past peak bloom, that’s rather late.

05/1/2018 Sheep Canyon
The goal was the check out the large Phacelia.
Wow California centaury, Zeltnera venusta and at least 10 in bloom, so it might really belong here.
A couple of White Ratany, Krameria bicolor in full bloom, just past their peak.
Yes, they are Branching phacelia, Phacelia ramosissima and in good bloom, finally.
We were surprised to see so many plants fresh and in bloom. Than again there is still some water in the creek and a lot of shade.
Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 70.


04/29/2018 San Felipe Valley Wildlife area loop Middle
The bloom got better than last time, but not that much.
Finally some Giant four o’clock, Mirabilis multiflora pubescens in good bloom, much later than in previous years.
We were happy finding a couple of Mirabilis laevis var. villosa.
The best find of the day: Nemacladus pinnatifidus, on our search for a while.
It took us a while to find a Velvet mesquite, Prosopis velutina but finally.
At least a couple of plants, we’ve not seen for a while: Wide throated yellow monkeyflower, Mimulus brevipes, Short lobe phacelia, Phacelia brachyloba and Purple clarkia, Clarkia purpurea quadrivulnera.
We added other new plants to our list: Chorizanthe leptotheca, Peninsular spineflower and Eriastrum sapphirinum ssp. dasyanthum (maybe).

04/28/2018 Combs Peak
Wow this is one of the dry spots.
Our goal was to look at what we called Woolly Bluecurls, Trichostema lanatum, that are just very woolly Parish’s bluecurls, Trichostema parishii.
Now we were able to ID the Purple Nightshade as a good Solanum xanti.
Species in bloom above 3000 feet: 20

See photos and older reports at Borrego Wildflowers

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