PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, PACIFICO MOUNTAIN AND
ENVIRONS, SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS
JUNE 2013
PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




This excursion was more or less a follow-up to my April hikes to Pacifico Mountain from Mill Creek Summit and Little Rock Creek Road, but with the particular goal this time of determining whether the Eriogonum I saw up there then was kennedyi or wrightii. Our hike today was limited to about a 1-mile section of the PCT toward Mill Creek Summit from the saddle between Pacifico Mountain and the adjacent peak, and then offtrail to the top of the ridge, and thence back along the ridge. I had come to be fairly certain that the buckwheat was not going to turn out to be kennedyi, and this was the case. I met Angeles National Forest botanist Kerry Johnston and former Angeles National Forest botanist Jordan Zylstra at the Mill Creek Fire Station and we drove up 3N17 to the saddle where we parked. The temperature at 9:30 am was around 90° and it looked like it was going to be a blistering day, but thanks to a somewhat cooling breeze, it did not seem that hot. We found some interesting species and had a thoroughly enjoyable outing.


   
Southern mountain woolstar
Eriastrum densifolium ssp. austromontanum
Polemoniaceae


 
Beaked penstemon
Penstemon rostriflorus
Plantaginaceae


 
 
 
San Gabriel beardtongue
Penstemon labrosus
Plantaginaceae
 
 



   
California broomrape
Orobanche californica ssp. feudgei
Orobanchaceae
 



 
 
Southern monardella
Monardella australis ssp. australis
Lamiaceae
 
 



 
Few-flowered naked buckwheat
Eriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum
Polygonaceae
 
 



   
Possibly coccoons of parisitoid
wasps
 
Aphids on stem of Eriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum. The critter with the
white bumps on its back is a ladybug larva that eats aphids. Thanks to Bob
Allen for this id and the one on the left.


 
Mountain blazing star
Mentzelia montana
Loasaceae
 
 
Cushion cryptantha
Cryptantha circumscissa var. circumscissa
Boraginaceae


       
   
Volcanic gilia
Gilia ochroleuca ssp. vivida
Polemoniaceae
   
    Munz's buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum var. munzii
Polygonaceae


   
San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush
Ericameria nauseosa var. bernardina
Asteraceae



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