Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 24, 2018

Another Carson Pass Wildflower Report 6/23/18

submitted by Timothy Boomer

Another Carson Pass update: I hiked the Woods, Winnemucca, Round Top Lake loop on Saturday, and had a wonderful time. It’s still too early for the big show, but there are still many early season wildflowers out and about. I saw spreading phlox (Phlox diffusa), mountain pride (Penstemon newberryi), wavy leaf Indian paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei), Alpine paintbrush (Castilleja nana), mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus), whiskerbrush (Leptosiphon ciliatus), Sierra penstemon (Penstemon heterodoxus), Brewer’s mountain heather (Phyllodoce breweri), one-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma), Mount Hood pussypaws (Cistanthe umbellata – these are not as common in the area; I only noticed them between Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes.), stickseed (Hackelia sp.), subalpine fleabane (Erigeron glacialis var. glacialis), California hesperochiron (Hesperochiron californicus), white marsh marigold (Caltha leptosepala), larkspur (Delphinium sp. I only noticed these on the road in, but didn’t take the time to further identify them.), seep monkeyflower (Erythranthe guttata), sparse-flowered bog orchid (Platanthera sparsiflora – just getting started, but there are some flowers), Wright’s blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia torreyi var. wrightii), mountain pretty face (Triteleia ixioides ssp. anilina), violet (Viola purpurea I think), double-flowered honeysuckle (Lonicera conjugialis – just starting, but there are some flowers – about 5 minutes from the trailhead towards Winnemucca Lake), sanddune wallflower (Erysimum perenne), mountain pennyroyal (Monardella odoratissima ssp. pallida), longhorn steer’s head (Dicentra uniflora – only a dozen or so left – above Winnemucca Lake, near the Mt. Hood pussypaws), Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium californicum), Alpine shooting star (Primula tetrandra), Alpine ivesia (Ivesia gordonii), rock star (Lithophragma glabrum), and many more with which I’m not yet familiar. It definitely won’t be a waste of a trip for the wildflower enthusiast!

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