ANTELOPE VALLEY POPPY RESERVE APRIL 2014
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Photographs by Michael Charters




After our spectacular outing to the Elizabeth Lake/Munz Ranch Road area, I decided to see what it was like at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, a locality only a few miles to the north which I had never done a photo gallery for. I had heard that due to the March rains, the Reserve was putting on a show that was the best in years, and I was not disappointed. However, as in other places where there is to be found a mass display of a single species, the diversity of other species at the Reserve is not high, but there were still many beautiful flowers to be seen. The Reserve contains 1,745 acres of low sandy hills situated along West Lancaster Road in an area called Antelope Buttes about 15 miles west of Lancaster. This is high desert and the elevation there is between 2600' and 3000'. The Reserve was dedicated to the State of California in April, 1976.


   
Davy gilia
Gilia latiflora ssp. davyi
Polemoniaceae

[Named for British botanist Joseph Burtt Davy, 1870-1940]


 
Dobiepod, Slender keel fruit
Tropidocarpum gracile
Brassicaceae

[The common name dobiepod appears to be related to the word adobe and indicates that this is a plant that grows in clay soils. Two other taxa that use this name, Dobie sanicle (Sanicula maritima) and Dobie spindleroot (Carum or Perideridia kelloggii), probably grow in similar soils.]

 
 
 

Gilia sp.
Polemoniaceae

(Picture at right is the tip of my finger)

 
 
 



 
Acton encelia
Encelia actoni
Asteraceae



   
Beavertail cactus
Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris
Cactaceae

[basilaris = basal, stretching from the base]


 
Dwarf filago ~
Logfia depressa
Asteraceae


 
 
 
California evening primrose
Oenothera californica ssp. californica
Onagraceae
 
 



   
California wild buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
Polygonaceae



   
Checker fiddleneck
Amsinckia tessellata var. tessellata
Boraginaceae

[tessellata = tessellate or checkered, patterned like a mosaic, in allusion to the arrangement of warts on the back of the nutlets]


 
Tansy-leaved phacelia
Phacelia tanacetifolia
Boraginaceae


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