Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 14, 2019

Borrego Wildflowers Reports 3/13/19

borregowildflowerslowers.com  has two new reports

Mar/13/2019 Glorietta Canyon Loop 4

We’ve seen it raining numerous times over Glorietta canyon, time to check out what the rain produced.
Vast number of Emmenanthe penduliflora penduliflora | Whispering bells, Phacelia distans | Common phacelia, Eschscholzia parishii | Parish’s poppy and Mentzelia involucrata | Sand blazing star at the canyon entrance.
The Eschscholzia parishii | Parish’s poppy will only pop open later in the day.
Fields of Nama demissa demissa | Purplemat in the canyon Close to the entrance yes a big unmistakable Plagiobothrys jonesii | Mojave popcornflower and probably over a hundred more into the canyon.

The best display of Diplacus bigelovii bigelovii | Bigelow’s monkey flower in the northern leg of the hike.
Here the fields are vast and best of all a nice color variation from deep red to some white Diplacus bigelovii bigelovii | Bigelow’s monkey flower.
And not to forget the Malacothrix glabrata | Desert dandelion that are appearing.
It confused us for a second, a rare sight Mentzelia hirsutissima | Hairy blazingstar and Mentzelia involucrata | Sand blazing star mixing on the same slope.
Best of all we found probably hundreds of Linanthus dichotomus ssp. dichotomus, Evening snow that we never suspected here, higher up Glorietta Canyon.
Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 81.

Mar/12/2019 June Wash east loop

We had to follow up some plants and this new loop takes right to them.
Previously we found strange very green basal leaves that were clear Eriogonum, but different from Eriogonum trichopes, they turned out to be Eriogonum inflatum, young plants with plenty of water.

This area is past peak bloom, but still doing great and might even get better after the recent rain.
Species in bloom below 3000 feet: 60.


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