BOB'S GAP APRIL 2014 PAGE ONE

Photographs by Michael Charters




On 4/3/14 Tom Chester, Kate Harper, Walt Fidler, Adrienne Ballwey and I ended up our day's botanical excursion at Bob's Gap, about 4 miles south of Pearblossom Highway, northeast of the Devil's Punchbowl on the northern flank of the San Gabriel Mountains, and in a transition zone between mountain and desert. Since it was after 4 o'clock when we got to this locality and although we botanized until dusk, we had only had a taste of what the area had to offer, and so we returned on the following Monday, 4/7/13. Just as with the other area we visited along the Pearblossom Highway, this area was full of blooming species, which seems incredible after the three dry years we have suffered through. It also has limestone ridges which affords habitat for species which are adapted to those conditions. The symbol ^ next to the common name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip.


   
Hairy blue sage
Salvia dorrii var. pilosa
Lamiaceae


 
Showy gilia
Gilia cana cf. ssp. cana or bernardina
Polemoniaceae


 
 
 

Desert bitterbrush
Purshia tridentata var. glandulosa
Rosaceae

 
 



   
Chia
Salvia columbariae
Lamiaceae



 
Checker fiddleneck
Amsinckia tessellata var. tessellata
Boraginaceae
 
 
 
White pincushion
Chaenactis artemisiifolia
Asteraceae


   
Baby blue eyes
Nemophila menziesii var. menziesii
Boraginaceae



   
Bigelow's coreopsis
Leptosyne bigelovii (= Linanthus bigelovii)
Asteraceae


 
Short-winged deerweed
Acmispon glaber var. brevialatus (= Lotus scoparius var. brevialatus)
Fabaceae


 
Interior goldenbush
Ericameria linearifolia
Asteraceae
   
Wingnut cryptantha
Cryptantha pterocarya var. pterocarya
Boraginaceae
     


 
Whispering bells
Emmenanthe penduliflora var. penduliflora
Boraginaceae



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