SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS JULY 2008
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Photographs by Michael Charters




The main purpose of this field trip was to collect samples of geraniums from a number of locations either from where I had seen them before or from where they had been vouchered. Recently questions have arisen as to how to discriminate between Geranium californicum and G. richardsonii. It's possible even likely that many of the herbarium vouchers identified as richardsonii are actually californicum. Recent work has proposed that they can be distinguished on the basis of whether the nectaries are glabrous or hairy, so I collected samples from five locations for Tom Chester to analyze, Fish Creek, Green Canyon, Knickerbocker Canyon, the road to Bluff Lake, and Holcomb Valley. And I saw a lot of other beautiful flowers at the same time, as the following pages show.


Fish Creek/Aspen Grove


   
California geranium
Geranium californicum
Geraniaceae
 
Golden yarrow
Eriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum
Asteraceae
 
Southern mountain woolstar
Eriastrum densifolium ssp. austromontanum
Polemoniaceae


 
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Asteraceae


 
 
San Gabriel beardtongue
Penstemon labrosus
Scrophulariaceae
 
 
 
 
Mojave linanthus
Linanthus breviculus
Polemoniaceae
Nevin's bird's beak
Cordylanthus nevinii
Scrophulariaceae
 
 


 
Canyon bird's-foot trefoil
Lotus argyraeus var. argyraeus
Fabaceae
 
Southern monardella
Monardella australis
Lamiaceae


 
 
Lemon lily
Lilium parryi
Liliaceae
 
 
Hoary-aster
Machaeranthera canescens var. canescens
Asteraceae
Cow parsnip
Heracleum lanatum
Apiaceae
   
Columbine
Aquilegia formosa
Ranunculaceae
Grant's woodland-gilia
Gilia splendens ssp. grantii
Polemoniaceae


 
 
Wheeler's common madia
Madia elegans ssp. wheeleri
Asteraceae
Davidson's buckwheat
Eriogonum davidsonii
Polygonaceae
 


 
 
Mountain prickly phlox
Leptodactylon pungens
Polemoniaceae
 
Southern mountain lupine
Lupinus excubitus var. austromontanus
Fabaceae
Smoothleaf yerba santa
Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx
Hydrophyllaceae
   

 
Desert crested wheatgrass
Agropyron desertorum
Poaceae
 
Spreading fleabane
Erigeron divergens
Asteraceae


   
Tiling's monkeyflower
Mimulus tilinigii
Scrophulariaceae
 
White hedge nettle
Stachys albens
Lamiaceae
 
California false-indigo
Amorpha californica var. californica
Fabaceae