BLUFF LAKE MEADOW AND ENVIRONS, SAN BERNARDINO MTS
JULY 2011 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




Last week I joined a group led by Amber Swanson and Emma Williams to participate in a CNPS rare plant survey on Bluff Mesa in the San Bernardino Mts. I was fortunate to be assigned to the meadow area which was probably the richest habitat in the area. I returned a few days later on my own to explore around a little more. My last visit to this area had been in early August 2009, so I wanted to see what might be blooming a month earlier. The picture above is of Bluff Lake Meadow looking north toward Forest Road 2N10 just beyond the trees. This gallery includes pictures from this meadow, and from the woodlands and meadow near the Champion Lodgepole Pine. The symbol ^ next to the common name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this pair of field trips, and an asterisk denotes a non-native species. Thanks to Jane Strong for help with the butterflies and Hartmut Wisch with the critter on the Madia glomerata.


   
Big Bear checkerbloom
Sidalcea pedata
Malvaceae
 
Nevada cinquefoil
Drymocallis lactea var. lactea
Rosaceae

 
Alpine shooting star
Dodecatheon alpinum
Ranunculaceae



 
Slender cinquefoil
Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata
Rosaceae


   
Heckard's indian paintbrush ^
Castilleja montigena
Orobanchaceae


 
Hairy owl's clover
Castilleja tenuis
Orobanchaceae
 
San Bernardino Mountains owl's clover
Castilleja lasiorhyncha
Orobanchaceae

[Right: the two species together]


 
Parish's lupine
Lupinus latifolius var. parishii
Fabaceae

 
 
 
Meadow starwort
Stellaria longipes ssp. longipes
Caryophyllaceae


 
 
Parish's yampah
Perideridia parishii ssp. parishii
Apiaceae
 


 
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Asteraceae
 
 
Great red paintbrush
Castilleja miniata ssp. miniata
Orobanchaceae
 
 
Toad lily
Montia chamissoi
Montiaceae
 


 
 
Brewer's monkeyflower
Mimulus breweri
Phrymaceae
 


       
   
Willow-herb
Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum
Onagraceae
   
    Harsh popcorn flower ^
Plagiobothrys hispidulus
Boraginaceae


   
Winter cress
Barbarea orthoceras
Brassicaceae