COYOTE CANYON/BOX CANYON, ANZA-BORREGO FEBRUARY 2009
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Photographs by Michael Charters




Several miles of occasionally rough road and two crossings of seasonally flooded channels brings you from the end of DiGiorgio Road through Lower Coyote Canyon to where you can park and scramble across a wide open washy area to the mouth of Box Canyon, which is a spectacular and apparently little-visited area full of interesting desert vegetation. At this point in early February, many annuals have begun to bloom, and the recent precipitation bodes well for a better blooming season than appeared likely a few weeks ago. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native species, and an upside-down V symbol indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip.


   
Arizona lupine
Lupinus arizonicus
Fabaceae
 
Bearded cryptantha
Cryptantha barbigera
Boraginaceae
 
Spanish needles
Palafoxia arida var. arida
Asteraceae

 
Spectacle pod
Dithyrea californica
Brassicaceae

   
Desert sand verbena
Abronia villosa var. villosa
Nyctaginaceae
 
Peirson's brown-eyed primrose
Camissonia claviformis ssp. peirsonii
Onagraceae

 
Brittlebush
Encelia farinosa
Asteraceae

 
 
Narrow-leaved cryptantha
Cryptantha angustifolia
Boraginaceae
 
 
Saharan mustard *
Brassica tournefortii
Brassicaceae
Desert lily
Hesperocallis undulata
Liliaceae
Dune primrose
Oenothera deltoides ssp. deltoides
Onagraceae
Desert dandelion
Malacothrix glabrata
Asteraceae

 
Palmer's crinklemat
Tiquilia palmeri
Boraginaceae
 
Small-seeded spurge
Chamaesyce polycarpa
Euphorbiaceae

 
 
Ocotillo
Fouquieria splendens var. splendens
Fouquieriaceae
 
 
 
 
Common phacelia
Phacelia distans
Hydrophyllaceae
Desert chicory
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Asteraceae
 
 

 
Longbeak streptanthella
Streptanthella longirostris
Brassicaceae
 
Desert agave
Agave deserti
Liliaceae

   
Mulefat
Baccharis salicifolia ssp. salicifolia
Asteraceae
 
Schott's indigo bush
Psorothamnus schottii
Fabaceae
 
Redroot cryptantha
Cryptantha micrantha
Boraginaceae