SAN GABRIEL MTS MID-ELEVATION SUMMER FLORA JULY 2009
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This photo gallery displays pictures which were taken at two locations on one of Jane Strong's mountain plant walks, at several stops along the Angeles Crest Highway, at several stops along Santa Clara Divide Road, and on three subsequent trips along the ACH four days later. For the purposes of this gallery, I have somewhat arbitrarily defined "mid-elevation" as roughly between 6,000' and 8,000', so it includes pretty much anything along the Angeles Crest Highway and its immediate environs between Chilao and Wrightwood. Stops that I made included Chilao, Santa Clara Divide Road, Mt. Hillyer, the dry north-facing slope above Buckhorn, Cortelyou Spring, Winston Spring, the excellent snow melt gully at MM 67.70, Snow Canyon at MM 71.98, Lightning Ridge, Big Pines Meadow and East Table Mt. Road. The San Gabriels are by and large pretty dry right now, but there are still places where little streams have flowed recently, springs, and snow melt gullies where moisture has encouraged a nice if localized bloom. An aster-
isk next to the common name indicates a non-native taxon.

I want to take this opportunity to again thank several people who have been unfailingly generous with their advice and corrections on species identifications: Jane Strong, Tom Chester, Jay Sullivan and Jeff Greenhouse for plants, and Bob Allen and Hartmut Wisch for butterflies, bees and other creepy-crawlies. I am lucky to know them and proud to consider them my friends, and I hereby acknowledge their contributions to my photo galleries. There are many others whose expertise I have also benefitted from, and whose company I have gladly shared, and I am sincerely grateful to them all.


   
Western wallflower
Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum
Brassicaceae
 
Parish's oxytheca
Acanthoscyphus parishii var. parishii
Polygonaceae
 
Grinnell's penstemon
Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii
Plantaginaceae


 
Few-flowered naked buckwheat
Eriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum
Polygonaceae
 
Volcanic gilia
Gilia ochroleuca ssp. vivida
Polemoniaceae


 
 
Silky lupine
Lupinus elatus
Fabaceae
 
Martin's paintbrush
Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii
Scrophulariaceae
Smoothleaf yerba santa
Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx
Boraginaceae
   


 
 
Beaked penstemon
Penstemon rostriflorus
Plantaginaceae
 
 



   
  Indian milkweed
Asclepias eriocarpa
Apocynaceae
 



 
 
White catchfly
Silene verecunda
Caryophyllaceae
 
 
 
 
Flower longhorned beetle
Judolia instabilis
Cerambycidae

(On Lupinus elatus)
Davidson's lotus
Lotus nevadensis var. davidsonii
Fabaceae
 
 


 
Mountain whitethorn, Snowbush
Ceanothus cordulatus
Rhamnaceae
 
Nelson's hairstreak
Callophrys gryneus ssp. nelsoni
Lycaenidae


   
Downy monkeyflower
Mimulus pilosus
Phrymaceae


 
California fuchsia
Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
Onagraceae

 
   
Pussypaws
Calyptridium monospermum
Montiaceae

       
   
Many-flowered monkeyflower
Mimulus floribundus
Phrymaceae
   
    Urn-flowered alumroot
Heuchera elegans
Saxifragaceae