MT. PINOS, KERN COUNTY AUGUST 2010 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




A Jane Strong outing can be counted on never to disappoint, and it is always enjoyable to spend time with her in the field because of her wide knowledge. It was late May/early June two years ago when I last visited the Mt. Pinos region and I was interested to see how different it would be in August, so I joined a group of about 15 interested wildflower enthusiasts to check out the meadow near the Chula Vista parking area, and later hiked up the 2-mile road to the top of the mountain. At 8,831', the summit of Mt. Pinos is the highest point of Ventura County. The Chumash people called it Iwihinmu and considered it the center of the world. It is one of the most popular astronomical viewing areas in Southern California due to low light pollution and dry air, and the parking area is often filled on weekends with recreational vehicles and large telescope arrays. The summit region is largely covered by a jeffrey pine/white fir forest, montane chaparral, rabbitbrush scrub and alpine fell-fields. Aside from the meadow, which itself was beginning to dry out, it was pretty dry among the pines and around the stony summit, and nothing of special interest was seen, but it was still an enjoyable day, and I did find one new species and another that I had never seen before in bloom. An upside-down V next to the common name indicates a species that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip.


   
Northern blue-stemmed keckiella
Keckiella ternata var. septentrionalis
Plantaginaceae


 
 
Western blue flag
Iris missouriensis
Iridaceae
Common madia
Madia elegans
Asteraceae
 


 
 
Few-flowered naked buckwheat
Eriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum
Polygonaceae
 
 



   
Pink-flowered bush mallow
Malacothamnus marrubioides
Malvaceae



 
 
Mountain prickly phlox
Linanthus pungens
Polemoniaceae
 
 
 
 
Martin's paintbrush
Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii
Scrophulariaceae
Slender cinquefoil
Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata
Rosaceae
 
 


 
 
Flannel bush (fruit)
Fremontodendron californicum ssp. californicum
Sterculiaceae
 


 
Wild tarragon
Artemisia dracunculus
Asteraceae



 
 
Wax currant
Ribes cereum
Grossulariaceae
 
 
California wild buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
Polygonaceae
Leafy daisy
Erigeron foliosus var. foliosus
Asteraceae
Prickly poppy
Argemone munita
Papaveraceae
Twiggy wreathplant
Stephanomeria virgata
Asteraceae


 
Parish's lupine
Lupinus latifolius var. parishii
Fabaceae


       
   
Somebody must not have wanted
us to go into the meadow
   
    San Gabriel beardtongue
Penstemon labrosus
Plantaginaceae