Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 14, 2019

Yosemite High Country Wildflowers 7/13/19

There were many more flowers in bloom than when we drove through Yosemite nine days ago. Heading up towards Tioga Pass from Lee Vining we saw

  • Prickly Poppy/Argemone kunitz
  • Frosted or Sulphur Buckwheat/Eriogonum umbellatum
  • Blazing Star/Mentzelia laevicaulis
  • Desert Evening Primrose/Oenothera caespitosa
  • Mountain Pride / Penstemon newberryi
  • Monkey-flower/Erythranthe guttata
  • Naked Buckwheat/Eriognonum nudum
  • Paintbrush/Castilleja sp.
  • White Rein-orchid/Plantathera dilatata var. leucostachys
  • Jacob’s Ladder/Polemonium californicum
  • a matted roadside Lupine that was very abundant
  • Western Wallflower/Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum (both yellow and orange varieties)
  • Single-Stemmed Butterweed/Senecio integerrimus

There was still plenty of snow in the mountains making for nice landscapes.

Tuolumne Meadows still was wet and didn’t have lots of species but did have some nice Shooting Stars.

  • Alpine Shooting Star/Primula alpinum
  • Pussy-toes/Antennaria corymbosa
  • Meadow or Whorled Penstemon/Penstemon heterodoxus
  • Gayophytum

 

Mountain Heather/Phyllodoce brewer

Continuing west on Tioga Pass Road. We saw

  • Mountain Heather/Phyllodoce breweri (red)
  • more Paintbrush
  • Tobacco Bush/Ceanothus velutinus
  • Graceful Cinquefoil or Slender Potentilla/Potentilla  gracilis var. fastigata (yellow flower palmate leaves)
  • Mustang Clover/Leptosiphon montanus (formerly Linanthus montanus)
  • Pussypaws/Calyptridium monospermum
  • Shieldleaf/Streptanthus tortuosus
  • Prettyface/Triteleia ixoides
  • Pinemat Manzanita/ Arctostaphylos nevadensis
  • Pincushion Plant/ Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii
  • Bushy Leptosiphon/Leptosiphon nuttallii subsp. pubenscens

At the pullover by the large Jeffery Pine we saw lots of Prettyface. Also Mustang Clover, Pussypaws, Slender Gillia, and a very tiny monkeyflower

  • Slender Gilia/ Navarretia leptalea var. bicolor

The next was the Meadow that is .8 miles east of Crane flat, which was very flowery and had a lot of Butterfly activity

Lots of Clarkia, Coneflower and Mule’s Ear as well as all of the following

  • Mule’s Ear/Wyethia molis
  • Clarkia sp.
  • Bolander’s Yampah/Perideridia bolanderi
  • Yarrow/ Achillea millefolium
  • White Rein-orchid/Plantathera dilatata var. leucostachys
  • Alpine Shooting Star/Primula alpinum
  • California Cone-flower/Rudbeckia californica
  • Monument Plant/Frasera speciosa (formerly Swertia radiata)
  • Cow Parsnip/Heracleum maximum (formerly Heracleum lanatum)
  • Streamside Bluebells /Mertensia ciliata var. stomatechoides
  • Buttercups/ Ranunculus sp.
  • Blue-eyed Grass/Sisyrinchium vellum
  • Selfheal/Prunella vulgaris var. lancelolata
  • Horsemint/Agastache urticifolia
  • Narrow-leaved Lotus/ Hosackia oblongfolia var. oblongfolia (yellow and white)

Butterflies included Fritillaria, Blues, Gray Hairstreak, Orange Sulphur and others.

We stopped at the meadow that is .3 mile before Crane’s Flat and saw Corn Lilies, Cone-flowers, a Phacelia, Lupine, Bistort, Cow Parsnip, Horkelia, Alpine Lily, and Mountain Larkspur

  • Alpine Shooting Star/Primula alpinum 
  • Western Bistort/ Bistorta bistortoides
  • Lupine sp.
  • Mountain Larkspur/Delphinium glaucum
  • Phacelia sp.
  • Dusky Horkelia/Horkelia fusca var. parviflora
  • Corn Lily/Veratrum californicum  var. californicum
  • Alpine Lily/Lilium parvum

At Crane Flat we saw more Corn Lily, Cow Parsnip, Horsemint, Cornflower, Lupine, Primrose Monkeyflower, Bistort, Strawberry and Alpine Lily.

  • Primrose Monkeyflower/Erythranthe primuloides
  • Mountain Strawberry/chamaebatia foliolosa 

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