MT. WILSON TRAIL TO MT.WILSON, SAN GABRIEL MTS
SEPTEMBER 2008 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




It was great after the fires of April and a long dry summer to see so many things making a comeback. There were signs of green all along the burned section of the trail, and even in September many things in bloom. On this particular hike, I left very early in the morning and thanks to some recent conditioning hikes was able to make it all the way to Mt. Wilson and back, a distance of about 15 miles. Many of the things that do not normally bloom in September were not blooming beyond the burn area, and I surmise that the additional nutrients provided by the fire have extended their blooming season. One surprise was the fire follower Phacelia grandiflora which I had never seen on the trail before. It will be interesting to see what comes up next spring. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native species.


   
Chicory-leaved stephanomeria
Stephanomeria cichoriacea
Asteraceae
 
Indian pink
Silene laciniata
Caryophyllaceae
 
San Bernardino suncup
Camissonia confusa
Onagraceae


 
 
Leafy buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum
Polygonaceae
Longstem buckwheat
Eriogonum elongatum var. elongatum
Polygonaceae
 


 
 
Bush senecio
Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii
Asteraceae
 
 
White nightshade
Solanum douglasii
Solanaceae
Nevin's brickellbush
Brickellia nevinii
Asteraceae
   
Mediterranean mustard *
Hirschfeldia incana
Brassicaceae
Caterpillar phacelia
Phacelia cicutaria var. hispida
Hydrophyllaceae


 
California fuchsia
Epilobium canum ssp. latifolia
Onagraceae
 
Chia
Salvia columbariae
Lamiaceae


 
 
Large-flowered phacelia
Phacelia grandiflora
Hydrophyllaceae
 
Short-leaved cliff aster
Malacothrix saxatilis var. tenuifolia
Asteraceae

Twiggy wreathplant
Stephanomeria virgata ssp. virgata
Asteraceae

   


   
Red gland spurge
Chamaesyce melanadenia
Euphorbiaceae
 
Branching phacelia
Phacelia ramosissima var. latifolia
Hydrophyllaceae


   
Leafy daisy, Fleabane aster
Erigeron foliosus var. foliosus
Asteraceae
 
Stickleaf
Mentzelia micrantha
Loasaceae
 
Prickly cryptantha
Cryptantha muricata
Boraginaceae


 
Stinging lupine
Lupinus hirsutissimus
Fabaceae
 
Small horseweed *
Conyza bonariensis
Asteraceae


 
 
Short-winged deerweed
Lotus scoparius var. brevialatus
Fabaceae
 
Wishbone bush
Mirabilis californica
Nyctaginaceae
Redstem filaree *
Erodium cicutarium
Geraniaceae