KINGS RIVER CANYON, SIERRA NEVADAS JUNE 2010 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




This was a Jepson workshop to Kings Canyon National Park led by Dana York who spent five years studying the rare flora there for his master's thesis and subsequently became the botanist in Death Valley. Since I had been on three previous workshops with Dana, I knew he would be a superb trip leader, and we were not disappointed. The scenery of the Kings River Canyon which is the deepest river canyon in North America is incomparable, and the Kings River itself due to the heat causing rapid snow melt far above was at a high level and boiled down through the rocky gorges and over steep falls. The Jepson crew provided us with tasty fare, we were thankfully not visited by bears, and the numerous stops along the road and the hikes along trails presented us with a wonderful display of late spring and summer wildflowers. As is always the case with these Jepson workshops, it is sometimes difficult to get as good pictures as one would like since frequently there are half a dozen or more photographers vying for the same plant, and you don't feel that you can take as much time as you would like to to get the shot you want. An upside-down V next to the species name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip, a tilde (~) is the mark of some uncertain identification, and an asterisk denotes a non-native species. The pictures of the milkwort jewelflower, Harvest brodiaea, field willow-herb, canchalagua, California buckeye, Clarkia cylindrica, and both milkweeds were taken along Elwood Road on the way to Pine Flats Reservoir along the Kings River drainage after leaving Kings Canyon. I thank Aaron Schusteff for pointing me in the right direction for these species.


   
Mountain meadowfoam ^
Limnanthes montana
Limnanthaceae
 
Caterpillar phacelia ^
Phacelia cicutaria var. cicutaria
Boraginaceae
 
Sierra onion
Allium campanulatum
Alliaceae


 
Pretty face ^
Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra
Themidaceae



 
Sticky chinese houses ^
Collinsia tinctoria
Plantaginaceae
 
 
 
Fiesta flower, Blue fiesta flower
Pholistoma auritum var. auritum
Boraginaceae



   
Shield plant
Streptanthus tortuosus
Brassicaceae
 



   
Harlequin lupine ^
Lupinus stiversii
Fabaceae
[Named for Charles Austin Stivers]


 
Snow plant
Sarcodes sanguinea
Ericaceae
 
   
Leichtlin's mariposa lily
Calochortus leichtlinii
Liliaceae

[Named for Maximilian Leichtlin]


 
Western wallflower
Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum
Brassicaceae
   
Silver lupine
Lupinus albifrons
Fabaceae
     


     
  Mustang clover ^
Leptosiphon montanus
Polemoniaceae
 


   
Yellow and white monkeyflower ^
Mimulus bicolor
Phrymaceae


 
Pink spineflower ^
Chorizanthe membranacea
Polygonaceae
 
 
Foothill gilia ^ ~
Gilia capitata ssp. pedomontana
Polemoniaceae
Arched elegant rock-cress
Arabis sparsiflora var. arcuata
Brassicaceae
 
 
California goldfields
Lasthenia californica ssp. californica
Asteraceae