WONDERLAND WASH, JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
NOVEMBER 2017 PAGE ONE




In late 2017 and based on reports that there had been some significant monsoonal rainfall in the Wonderland Wash area of Joshua Tree National Park in September, I accompanied Tom Chester, James Dillane, Walt Fidler and Mike Crouse on an uncommon late fall visit to investigate the flora there. This mostly unmaintained trail meanders across the sandy and rocky terrain through the aptly-called Wonderland of Rocks near Barker Dam. The trailhead is at the Barker Dam parking area. Enormous boulder stacks everywhere litter the landcape and provide a backdrop to the scenery that is absolutely magical. Needless to say that in the month of November, many plants were dormant.


   
Cooper's goldflower
Hymenoxys cooperi
Asteraceae

[Named for James Graham Cooper, 1830-1902]


 
Alverson's spinystar
Coryphantha alversonii
Cactaceae

[Named for Andrew Halstead Alverson,1845-1916]


 
Bird's-foot fern
Pellaea mucronata var. mucronata
Pteridaceae
 
 
 
Blackbrush
Coleogyne ramosissima
Rosaceae


   
Woolly daisy
Eriophyllum wallacei
Asteraceae

[Named for William Allen Wallace, 1815-1893]
 
California juniper
Juniperus californica
Cupressaceae



   
Curvenut pectocarya
Pectocarya recurvata
Boraginaceae


 
Desert woolstar
Eriastrum eremicum ssp. eremicum
Polemoniaceae

  Davidson's buckwheat
Eriogonum davidsonii
Polygonaceae

[Named for Dr. George Davidson, 1825-1911]
 


 
 
 
Desert spearleaf
Matelea parvifolia
Apocynaceae
 
 



   
Varied milkvetch
Astragalus lentiginosus var. variabilis
Fabaceae



 
Desert straw
Stephanomeria pauciflora
Asteraceae
 
 
 
Wright's cudweed
Pseudognaphalium canescens
Asteraceae
[Named for Charles Wright, 1811-1885]


 
Desert prickly-pear
Opuntia phaeacantha
Cactaceae


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