JOHNSON'S PASTURE, CLAREMONT MAY 2009 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




Johnson's Pasture is a 183-acre piece of land in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mts north of Claremont. It was purchased in 2007 by the city of Claremont to protect it from any future development. It is criss-crossed by fire roads and trails that wind around through open fields, rolling hills and oak groves with beautiful views of the valley and mountains. The trailhead for Johnson's Pasture is on Via Santa Catarina, a short street at the end of Mountain Avenue. An upside-down V next to the common name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this hike, and an asterisk indicates a non-native species. Unfortunately, there is a lot of non-native vegetation there, but hopefully in years to come more native plants will appear.


   
Graceful bedstraw ^
Galium porrigens var. porrigens
Rubiaceae
 
Miniature lupine
Lupinus bicolor
Fabaceae
 
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Asteraceae


 
 
Golden stars
Bloomeria crocea
Themidaceae
Wild buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Polygonaceae
 

       
   
California everlasting
Gnaphalium californicum
Asteraceae
   
    Milk thistle *
Silybum marianum
Asteraceae


 
Curly dock *
Rumex crispus
Polygonaceae
 
Horehound *
Marrubium vulgare
Lamiaceae


   
San Gabriel Mountains leather oak
Quercus durata var. gabrielensis
Fagaceae


 
 
 
Short-leaved cliff aster
Malacothrix saxatilis var. tenuifolia
Asteraceae



 
 
Sawtooth goldenbush
Hazardia squarrosa var. grindelioides
Asteraceae
 
 
 
 
Bush monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus
Phrymaceae
California-aster
Corethrogyne filaginifolia (= Lessingia
filaginifolia var. filaginifolia
)
Asteraceae
 
 


 
Smooth cat's ear *
Hypochaeris glabra
Asteraceae


 
 
Sweet-cicely
Osmorhiza brachypoda
Apiaceae
 
 

cf. Telegraph weed
Heterotheca grandiflora
Asteraceae

Southern honeysuckle
Lonicera subspicata var. denudata
Caprifoliaceae
Purple clarkia
Clarkia purpurea ssp. quadrivulnera
Onagraceae
Common fiddleneck
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia
Boraginaceae