LITTLE GREEN VALLEY, SAN BERNARDINO MTS JULY 2010
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Photographs by Michael Charters




Thanks to a tip from John Marquis, I drove up into the San Bernardino Mts a few miles west of Big Bear Lake to hike the Little Green Valley Trail (2W10) that goes from CA-18 to some beautiful meadowy areas filled with corn lilies, lemon lilies, bog orchids, and many other wild-flowers. The trailhead is at an unmarked dirt parking lot on the north side of the highway just across from the Snow Valley Ski Area. It is approximately 1.5 miles to the meadow, and a local Green Valley website describes it as 'difficult,' which is completely untrue and unfortunate because many other websites repeat this same description. There is nothing difficult about it unless you happen to be hiking on crutches. Apparently there used to be a YMCA camp at this location, but the Forest Service has restored it to its original condition. People have asked me why I put pictures of the same species in different photo galleries, and my answer is that the purpose of these galleries is at least in part to document the flora of particular trails or other places, and so I include as many of the species as I was able to get good photographs of, even though they may grow in many other locations and appear in other galleries. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native species, and a tilde (~) denotes a taxon for which my identification is uncertain.


   
San Bernardino Mountains owl's clover
Castilleja lasiorhyncha
Scrophulariaceae



 
Western dog violet, Blue violet
Viola adunca ssp. adunca
Violaceae


 
 
Ashy-gray paintbrush
Castilleja cinerea
Scrophulariaceae
 
 



 
 
Pine lousewort
Pedicularis semibarbata
Scrophulariaceae
Scouler's St. John's wort
Hypericum formosum var. scouleri
Hypericaceae
 


   
Common madia
Madia elegans
Asteraceae


 
Mylitta crescent
Phyciodes mylitta
Nymphalidae


 
 
Blue-eyed grass
Sisyrinchium bellum
Iridaceae
 
 
San Gabriel beardtongue
Penstemon labrosus
Plantaginaceae
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Asteraceae
Spreading fleabane
Erigeron divergens
Asteraceae
Columbine
Aquilegia formosa
Ranunculaceae


 
 
 
Violet false-gilia
Allophyllum gilioides ssp. violaceum
Polemoniaceae



 
 
 
Lemon lily
Lilium parryi
Liliaceae
 
 


 
Great red paintbrush
Castilleja miniata ssp. miniata
Scrophulariaceae