HUNGRY VALLEY STATE VEHICULAR RECREATION AREA
MAY 2012 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




The Hungry Valley SVRA is the second largest of the state's off-road vehicle recreation areas, comprising some 19,000 acres in the Tejon Pass along I-5 north of Los Angeles. I was somewhat tardy in getting up there this year and as a result perhaps missed some of the bloom, but since it was such a dry year the bloom was undoubtedly not what it would be in a good year, and the hills were mostly covered with grasses. Nevertheless, there were a few species to be found in some abundance. I merely drove around the Stipa Trail and Powerline Road loop which is a very narrow dirt road where there are few places to park and stopped a number of times to poke about. I look forward to visiting the area again in a year when there has been good rainfall. One of the species I was especially anxious to find was Camissoniopsis ignota, which I've never seen and which was on a wildflower report for Hungry Valley, but all the Camissonias I saw seemed to be the more common campestris. I also drove along the Gorman Post Road looking for Bentham lupines but didn't see a one. 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. Thanks to Tom Chester and Jane Strong for help with id's, and to Hartmut Wisch and Jim Hogue for the critter id's.


 
 
Butterfly mariposa lily (various color forms)
Calochortus venustus
Liliaceae
 
 
   



 
Dalmatian toadflax *^
Linaria dalmatica ssp. dalmatica
Plantaginaceae


   
Xantus pincushion
Chaenactis xantiana
Asteraceae


Deltoid balsamroot
Balsamorhiza deltoidea
Asteraceae
 
 



   
Longleaf indian paintbrush ^
Castilleja subinclusa ssp. subinclusa
Orobanchaceae
 
Western wallflower
Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum
Brassicaceae



 
 
 
White tidy tips
Layia glandulosa
Asteraceae
[Flower crab spider]



 

Veatch's blazing star
Mentzelia veatchiana
Loasaceae

 
 
 
Mountain phacelia
Phacelia imbricata ssp. imbricata
Boraginaceae



   
Summer lupine
Lupinus formosus var. formosus
Fabaceae
 



 
Silver bush lupine
Lupinus albifrons var. albifrons
Fabaceae
 
 


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