MT. WILSON TRAIL FEBRUARY 2010 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




Mamie and Pearl accompanied me on a hike up the Mt. Wilson Trail to First Water to see if any blooming has started in our local foothills. It has. It's interesting to observe the changes in the trail and the trail flora from year to year, especially as a result of such things as the fire of 2008 and the heavy rains we have had recently. I would estimate that there is now at least 10 times as much blooming wishbone bush as I have ever seen before, and whereas I have only observed perhaps a dozen stinging lupines on this section of the trail previously, there are now hundreds. I also encountered a species I have never seen before on the trail, fiddleneck. It's also nice to see the trail having recovered its green character. Mamie and Pearl enjoyed their hike and now feel that they will make good trail dogs. As always, an asterisk indicates a non-native species.


   
Wild cucumber
Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus
Cucurbitaceae
 
Mamie and Pearl *
(11 months old)
 
Mulefat
Baccharis salicifolia ssp. salicifolia
Asteraceae


 
Sow-thistle *
Sonchus oleraceus
Asteraceae
 
White nightshade
Solanum douglasii
Solanaceae


   
Stinging lupine
Lupinus hirsutissimus
Fabaceae


 
Canterbury bells
Phacelia minor
Boraginaceae


 
 
Sweet alyssum *
Lobularia maritima
Brassicaceae

 
 
 
 
Chickweed *
Stellaria media
Caryophyllaceae
Common beggar-ticks *
Bidens pilosa var. pilosa
Asteraceae
 
 


   
Castor bean *
Ricinus communis
Euphorbiaceae
 
Red-gland spurge
Chamaesyce melanadenia
Euphorbiaceae


       
   
Feltleaf everlasting
Pseudognaphalium microcephalum
Asteraceae
   
    Two-tone everlasting
Pseudognaphalium bioletti
Asteraceae


 
 
Wishbone bush
Mirabilis californica
Nyctaginaceae
 


   
Coulter's lupine
Lupinus sparsiflorus
Fabaceae


 
Mexican pink, Indian pink
Silene laciniata ssp. laciniata
Caryophyllaceae
 
Canyon sweet pea
Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus
Fabaceae