MT. BALDY, SAN GABRIEL MTS JUNE 2008
Photographs by Michael Charters




This was an unfortunately timed excursion as it seemed that many of the things I was interested in either had not started blooming or were finished. The woolly mountain-parsley was already in fruit, the groundcone was finished, the Heuchera and Crepis hadn't started blooming, the Ribes and Arctostaphylos were pretty much over, the San Bernardino mountain onions and gray monardellas and alpine sulpher-flowered buckwheats were just beginning, and there was no sign of the showy cycladenia I saw two years ago. I'll go back in late July and check it out again, and next year I'll go in late May/early June to get the Oreonana and Boschniakia in better shape.


   
Giant blazing star
Mentzelia laevicaulis
Loasaceae
 
Chicalote
Argemone munita
Papaveraceae
 
California groundcone
Boschniakia strobilacea
Orobanchaceae


 
Bird's-foot trefoil
Lotus corniculatus
Fabaceae
 
Santolina pincushion
Chaenactis santolinoides
Asteraceae


 
 
Greenleaf manzanita
Arctostaphylos patula
Ericaceae
 
 
Clasping-leaved caulanthus
Caulanthus amplexicaulis var. amplexicaulis
Brassicaceae
Sierra gooseberry
Ribes roezlii var. roezlii
Grossulariaceae
   
Wright's buckwheat
Eriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum
Polygonaceae
Alfalfa
Medicago sativa
Asteraceae


   
Woolly mountain-parsley
Oreonana vestita
Apiaceae


   
Bush chinquapin
Chrysolepis sempervirens
Fagaceae
 
Pussypaws
Calyptridium monospermum
Portulacaceae


 
 
Curl-leaf mountain mahogany
Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intermontanus
Rosaceae
 
 
 
 
Smoothleaf yerba santa
Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx
Hydrophyllaceae
Parish's bedstraw
Galium parishii
Rubiaceae
 
 


 
 
Mountain prickly phlox
Leptodactylon pungens
Polemoniaceae
 
Gray monardella
Monardella cinerea
Lamiaceae
Showy cycladenia
Cycladenia humilis var. venusta
Apocynaceae
   


 
Plain mariposa lily
Calochortus invenustus
Liliaceae


 
 
Wax currant
Ribes cereum var. cereum
Grossulariaceae
 
Alpine sulphur-flowered buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum var. minus
Polygonaceae
Lodgepole pine
Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana
Pinaceae