Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 22, 2020

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 2/20/20

Borrego Wildflowers  reports on February/20/2020 Algodones Dunes East Loop

Probably the best display of flowers that we know of, right now..

Most striking are the thousands upon thousands of Sphaeralcea coulteri | Coulter’s globemallow in bloom.
With this many in bloom finding a white/yellow version was expected, cool.

Huge Brandegea bigelovii | Desert star vine in full bloom, producing a very strong smell
From the sand dunes you can smell them from hundreds of yards away.
It gets competition from the endless fields of Cryptantha angustifolia | Narrow leaf cryptantha.

Our guess, plants germinated around October 2019, resulting in hundreds of huge Oenothera deltoides deltoides | Dune evening primrose.

We were lucky to spot a Uma notata | Colorado Desert fringe-toed lizard, playing possum until I got a little bit too close.
A typical sand dune plant is Eriogonum deserticola | Dune buckwheat, growing all arround the dunes.

Species in bloom: 58.

See photos and older reports at  Bloom report out of the Anza-Borrego Desert

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