FRAZIER MOUNTAIN, VENTURA COUNTY JUNE 2014
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Photographs by Michael Charters




On my way to join a Jepson Herbarium group for a weekend workshop on the Tejon Ranch, I decided to spend the afternoon driving up Forest Road 8N04 to the summit of Frazier Mountain. Having botanized in Lockwood Valley and on nearby Mt. Pinos, I had reason to think that there might be some interesting flora there for me to photograph, and indeed there was. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful prelude to a fabulous three days on the Ranch, and the fact that it was my birthday made it all the more special. Frazier Mountain is in the Los Padres National Forest in the northeastern corner of Ventura County and the elevation at the summit is 8,026'. The northern half of the mountain drains via Cuddy Creek into Quail Lake on the Tejon Ranch, and the southern half drains via Piru Creek into the Santa Clara River. Like the Tejon Ranch, Frazier Mountain is located in an area where four ecoregions are in close proximity, the Sierra Nevadas, the Central Valley, the Mojave Desert and the Transverse Range, and thus there is to be found there an extraordinary degree of diversity. To get to this area, you drive about 7-8 miles on Frazier Mountain Park Road from the I-5 north of Gorman, then about a mile on Lockwood Valley Road to the 8N04. I thank David Magney for his Checklist of Vascular Plants of Frazier Mountain. The symbol ^ next to the common name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip, and an asterisk is for a non-native species.


   
Red mariposa lily, Kennedy's mariposa lily
Calochortus kennedyi var. kennedyi
Liliaceae

[Named for William Ledlie Kennedy, c. 1827-?, plant collector in Kern County]


 
Dense-fruited monkeyflower
Mimulus constrictus
Phrymaceae


 
 
 
Maroon-spotted woolstar ^
Eriastrum signatum
Polemoniaceae
[signatum = well-marked]
 
 



   
Sticky lessingia
Lessingia glandulifera var. glandulifera
Asteraceae




 
 
Narrowpod locoweed
Astragalus filipes
Fabaceae
 
 



 
Wild heliotrope
Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum
Boraginaceae



 
 
Chicalote, Prickly poppy
Argemone munita
Papaveraceae

 
Cushion cryptantha
Cryptantha circumscissa var. circumscissa
Boraginaceae
 


 
Whispering bells
Emmenanthe penduliflora var. penduliflora
Boraginaceae



   
Jepson's morning glory, Woolly morning glory, Sierra false bindweed
Calystegia malacophylla ssp. pedicellata
Convolvulaceae
[malacophylla = having soft leaves]


 
Perennial peppergrass *
Lepidium latifolium
Brassicaceae


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