MT. PINOS, KERN COUNTY  MAY/JUNE 2008 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




Mt. Pinos is a mostly granitic peak in the Los Padres National Forest. At 8,847' the summit is the highest point of Kern County and the highest point of the Transverse Range west of Tejon Pass. According to Wikipedia, "The view from the summit on a clear day encompasses the southern Central Valley, the southernmost Sierra Nevada, much of northern Ventura county, much of the Santa Barbara County mountains, the Caliente Range and the Carrizo Plain. The trace of the San Andreas Fault, clearly visible to the northwest, cuts between Mount Pinos and the mountains immediately to the north. The trace extends all the way to Soda Lake in the Carrizo Plain along the Elkhorn Scarp." Mt. Pinos experiences some of the coldest temperatures and harshest winters in southern California and typically receives several feet of snow each year. An upside-down V next to the common name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip.


   
Large-flowered lotus
Lotus grandiflorus var. grandiflorus
Fabaceae
 
Martin's paintbrush
Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii
Scrophulariaceae


 
Grinnell's penstemon ^
Penstemon grinnellii var. scrophularioides
Scrophulariaceae


 
 
Desert gooseberry
Ribes velutinum
Grossulariaceae
 
 
 
 
Pursh's milkvetch
Astragalus purshii var. tinctus
Fabaceae
Mojave ceanothus
Ceanothus greggii var. vestitus
Rhamnaceae
 
 


 
Jepson's morning glory
Calystegia malacophylla ssp. pedicellata
Convolvulaceae


 
 
Anderson's lupine
Lupinus andersonii
Fabaceae
 
 
White tidy tips
Layia glandulosa
Asteraceae
Desert parsley
Lomatium mohavense
Apiaceae
   
Western wallflower
Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum
Brassicaceae
Wheeler's common madia
Madia elegans ssp. wheeleri
Asteraceae


 
Ponderosa pine
Pinus ponderosa
Pinaceae


 
 
Wright's collinsia
Collinsia torreyi var. wrightii
Scrophulariaceae
 
Pine lousewort
Pedicularis semibarbata
Scrophulariaceae
Curved stem phacelia
Phacelia curvipes
Hydrophyllaceae
   


 
California milkweed
Asclepias californica
Asclepiadaceae
 
Wax currant
Ribes cereum var. cereum
Grossulariaceae


   
Pussy paws
Calyptridium monospermum
Portulacaceae
 
Brewer's lupine ^
Lupinus breweri var. bryoides
Fabaceae