NEW YORK MOUNTAINS, EAST MOJAVE SEPTEMBER 2009
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Photographs by Michael Charters




I spent a day in late September in the company of Jim Andre and Tasha LaDoux from the Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center and some very knowledgeable people from the CNPS out in the New York Mountains region of the East Mojave National Preserve. Some seasonal rainfall had influenced the summer annuals and late-fall blooming plants of this area, and we were able to see some very interesting species, including the very rare Thorne's buckwheat, surprisingly in terrific bloom at the location photographed above. 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, and an asterisk is for a non-native species.


   
Noseburn
Tragia ramosa
Euphorbiaceae
 
Giant four o'clock
Mirabilis multiflora var. pubescens
Nyctaginaceae
 
Abert's sanvitalia
Sanvitalia abertii
Asteraceae


 
 
Winter fat
Krascheninnikovia lanata
Chenopodiaceae
Rough menodora
Menodora scabra
Oleaceae
 


   
Ghostly rubber rabbitbrush
Ericameria nauseosa var. hololeuca
Asteraceae


   
Navajo fleabane
Erigeron concinnus
Asteraceae

(40-60 ray flowers)
 
Spreading fleabane
Erigeron divergens
Asteraceae

(75-150 ray flowers)


       
   
Goodding's verbena
Verbena gooddingii
Verbenaceae
   
    Palmer's buckwheat
Eriogonum palmerianum
Polygonaceae


 
Rattlesnake weed
Chamaesyce albomarginata
Euphorbiaceae
 
Small wirelettuce
Stephanomeria exigua ssp. exigua
Asteraceae
 


   
Desert portulaca
Portulaca halimoides
Portulacaceae
(copiously long-hairy in the axils)


 
Many-flowered bahia
Schkuhria multiflora var. multiflora
Asteraceae


 
 
Broom snakeweed (foreground)
Sticky snakeweed (background)
 
 
Sticky snakeweed
Gutierrezia microcephala
Asteraceae
Sticky snakeweed
Gutierrezia microcephala
Asteraceae
Broom snakeweed
Gutierrezia sarothrae
Asteraceae
Broom snakeweed
Gutierrezia sarothrae
Asteraceae


 
Narrow-leaved brickellbush
Brickellia oblongifolia var. linifolia
Asteraceae
 
Scrub lotus
Lotus argyraeus var. multicaulis
Fabaceae