RED ROCK CANYON, KERN COUNTY MAY 2008
Photographs by Michael Charters




Red Rock Canyon is a fantastic area of cliffs, washes, badlands and beautiful rock formations about 25 miles north of Mojave on Highway 14 in Kern County, just at the confluence of the southernmost Sierra Nevada and the El Paso Range. 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.


 
Mojave brown-eyed primrose
Camissonia claviformis ssp. claviformis
Onagraceae
 
Thick-leaved phacelia
Phacelia pachyphylla
Hydrophyllaceae


   
Saltgrass
Distichlis spicata
Poaceae
 
Silver cholla
Opuntia echinocarpa var. echinocarpa
Cactaceae


 
 
Red Rock tarplant
Hemizonia arida
Asteraceae
Fanleaf
Psathyrotes annua
Asteraceae
 


 
 
Broad-flowered gilia
Gilia latiflora
Polemoniaceae
 
Scaly-stemmed sand plant
Pholisma arenarium
Lennoaceae
Spiny chorizanthe ^
Chorizanthe spinosa
Polygonaceae
   


 
Royal desert lupine
Lupinus odoratus
Fabaceae
 
Yellow comet
Mentzelia affinis
Loasaceae



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