CORN SPRINGS ROAD/DESERT CENTER MARCH 2009 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




Thanks to a report on the Desert USA website by John Marquis, I headed out to the Desert Center area where there was supposed to be a good bloom. Driving west on I-10, there was one area west of the entrance to Joshua Tree that was quite floristic, then it was very sparse until I approached the Desert Center area. Corn Springs Road is about 8 miles east of Desert Center. You exit at Chuckwalla Valley Road, turn left, then right onto Corn Springs Road, which is a good dirt road that leads to Corn Springs Campground in about 8 miles. The entire area there is an alluvial plain coming off of the Chuckwalla Mts which is dissected with numerous washes and arroyos, some fairly deep, and the bloom there is quite terrific right now. Most of these pictures were taken in that location, but a few were shot in a Joshua Tree National Park wash coming off the east end of the Coxcomb Mts adjacent to SR-177 and those are indicated by a + sign next to the common name. An upside-down V next to the common name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip.


   
Parry's marina ^
Marina parryi
Fabaceae


 
Desert dandelion
Malacothrix glabrata
Asteraceae
 
Desert chicory
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Asteraceae


 
 
Woolly plantain
Plantago ovata
Plantaginaceae
 
 
Desert pincushion
Chaenactis stevioides
Asteraceae
Cheesebush
Hymenoclea salsola
Asteraceae
Spanish needles
Palafoxia arida var. arida
Asteraceae
Arizona lupine
Lupinus arizonicus
Fabaceae


 
Smooth-stemmed fagonia
Fagonia laevis
Zygophyllaceae


   
Sticky fagonia ^
Fagonia pachyacantha
Zygophyllaceae


   
Rock daisy
Perityle emoryi
Asteraceae
 



       
   
Common phacelia
Phacelia distans
Hydrophyllaceae
   
    Little gold poppy
Eschscholzia minutiflora
Papaveraceae


 
Yellow cups
Camissonia brevipes ssp. brevipes
Onagraceae


 
 
Desert five-spot
Eremalche rotundifolia
Malvaceae
 
Brandegea, Desert starvine
Brandegea bigelovii
Cucurbitaceae
Parish's poppy
Eschscholzia parishii
Papaveraceae
   


 
Desert sunflower
Geraea canescens
Asteraceae


   
Thick-leaved ground cherry +
Physalis crassifolia
Solanaceae
 
Woollyhead neststraw ^
Stylocline micropoides
Asteraceae
 
Desert tobacco +
Nicotiana obtusifolia
Solanaceae