Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2018

Yosemite Photos and Wildflowers May 11 to 15

I just spent four days at Yosemite for a wedding. Between events I managed to do some wildflower exploring. Most flowers are between 4000 and 6000 feet Dogwoods are in bloom in many parts of the park. They are just past peak at the lower elevations but still coming out at higher ones. The most species were seen at the Wawona Loop Trail. There are also a good number of species including Calochortus minimus. There is a fair amount of Blue Lupines on highway 120 and highway 41 in the park. There were also several patches of the colorful Harlequin Lupine between Cinquapin and the Valley on Highway 41. Crane Flat had very little as it was too early there.

Here is a slideshow of some of the flowers as well as a few animal shots and landscapes.

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click read more to see plant lists

We drove down  the first four miles Evergreen Road where there were a number of plants to see although no large displays. The favorite plant was Calochortus minimus, which was in bloom in a good numbers. Most abundant was Buttercup. Other plants in bloom included Viola purpurea, a yellow Lomatium, a small lupine, a small 5 Spot, Larkspur, Iris, Balsamroot, Strawberry, Woodland Star and Indian Pink.

We stopped at Crane Flat but it was too early there. The only plants in bloom were Buttercups and a small yellow violet.  Lots of foliage including Corn Lily.

Wawona Loop Trail

Hiked the mostly flat Wawona Loop trail. Took us five and half hours to do 3.4 miles. Lots of photos and plant id. Most abundant were Pine Violet, Dog Violet(which was only in the meadow not along the trail), Mountain Strawberry, Dogwood, Waterlead and Nemophila heterophilla. Favorites were the Wild Ginger, Fritillaria micrantha, Wake Robin/Trillium chloropetalum and Striped Coral Root. Only one Snow Plant.

Plant list:

  1. Yarrow/Achillea millefolium
  2. Mountain Strawberry/Fragaria virginians
  3. Waterleaf/Hydrophyllum capitatum
  4. Miner’s Lettuce/Claytonia perfoliata sup. perfiolata
  5. Woodland Star/Lithophragma bulbifera
  6. Dogwood/Conrus nutualli
  7. Pine Violet/Viola purpurea
  8. Dog Violet/Viola adunca
  9. Nemophila heterophilla
  10. Wild Ginger/ Asarum lemmonii
  11. Slim False Solomon’s Seal/Mainthemum
  12. Fat False Solmon’s Seal/Maianthemum racemosum
  13. Snow Plant/Sarcodes sanguinea
  14. Fairy Bells/Disporum hookeri
  15. Striped Coral Root/Corallorhiza striata
  16. Fritillaria micrantha
  17. Sulphur-flowered Pea/Lathyrus sulphureus
  18. two other peas or vetches
  19. a small Lupine probably Dwarf Lupine/Lupinus nanus
  20. Sierra Gooseberry/Ribes rooezlii var. rovezlii
  21. Wake Robin/ Trillium chloropetalum
  22. Mt. Misery/Chamaebatia foliosa
  23. a Cinquefoil
  24. Western Chokecherry/Prunus virginians var. demissa
  25. Blue Dicks/Dichelastemma capitatum
  26. Western Bleeding Heart/Dicentra formosa
  27. Sierra Iris/Iris hartwegii
  28. Light-veined/Shinleaf Pyrola picta
  29. Round Leafed Butterwort/Senecio cymbalaroides
  30. Baby Blue-eyes/Nemophila mensiesii
  31. Whiteleaf Manzanita/Arctostaphylos viscida
  32. Bastard Toadflax/Comandra umbellata sup. californica
  33. Utah Serviceberry/Amelanchier utahensis

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