ELIZABETH LAKE AND MUNZ RANCH ROAD
APRIL 2014 PAGE ONE

Photographs by Michael Charters



After thoroughly investigating the flora along Pearblossom Highway and Black Butte Road and at Bob's Gap, we became aware of another area of extraordinary floristic value near Elizabeth Lake and on Munz Ranch Road. Elizabeth Lake Road or the N2 runs southeast to northwest through the Liebre Mountains past Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes, becoming Pine Canyon Road in one direction and Palmdale Boulevard in the other. Roads that intersect with Elizabeth Lake Road include Bouquet Canyon Road, San Francisquito Road, and Munz Ranch Road which begins at Elizabeth Lake Road and winds northwards toward the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. A group of us including Tom Chester, Clyde Golden, Walt Fidler, Adrienne Ballwey, Jane Tirrell and Harry Spilman had a wonderful and highly productive day in yet another area that clearly had benefitted from some localized rainfall to produce a spectacular bloom in an otherwise dry year. The pictures in this gallery were taken on 4/21/14. The symbol ^ next to the common name is for a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip, and an asterisk is for a non-native species. Tom Chester's flora for this area is online here.


   
Douglas phacelia
Phacelia douglasii
Boraginaceae

[Named for David Douglas, 1799-1834, one of the dozens of taxa named in his honor]


 
Yellow-throated phacelia
Phacelia brachyloba
Boraginaceae

[brachyloba = short-lobed]


 
 
 
Bajada lupine, Elegant lupine
Lupinus concinnus
Fabaceae
[concinnus = well-made, elegant]
 
 



   
Yellow pincushion
Chaenactis glabriuscula
Asteraceae

[glabriuscula = rather smooth]



 
 
 

Thickleaf yerba santa, Bicolored yerba santa
Eriodictyon crassifolium var.
nigrescens
Boraginaceae

[nigrescens = blackish]

 
 
 



 
Baby blue eyes
Nemophila menziesii var. menziesii
Boraginaceae

[Nemophila = with an affinity or liking for groves]


 
 
 
Xantus pincushion
Chaenactis xantiana
Asteraceae
[Hungarian zoologist János Xántus (1825-1894) came to the U.S. in 1850 and later served as an Army hospital steward at Ft. Tejon, California. He made extensive collections for the Smithsonian, especially of birds. For the last 30 years of his life, he was the Director of the Botanical Garden of Budapest.]
 
 
 



 
Beavertail cactus
Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris
Cactaceae
 

Big sagebrush
Artemisia tridentata
Asteraceae

 


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