SANTA FE DAM BASIN, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MARCH 2009
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Photographs by Michael Charters




When I heard about the surprising discovery by Jane Strong of an uncommon species that I had never seen before practically in my back yard, I went out to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area to photograph it. Santa Fe Dam is a county park situated in Irwindale in the San Gabriel Valley which impounds water from the mountains carried by the San Gabriel River. I was amazed at how small and inconspicuous this species is, but Jane's telescopic eyes spotted it, and it's a cute little plant. There are a number of other somewhat unusual things there, and quite a few other species now in bloom with further evidence that this will be a good year floristically. Some excellent infor-mation on the plant communities and interesting species, plus a link to a flora of the area compiled by Mickey Long, can be found at:  http://cnps-sgm.org/santafedam/plants.html. There are species there especially near the Nature Center that have been planted, and since it is a somewhat disturbed area, there are many introduced species. I express my appreciation to Jane for helping me with identifications. An upside-down V symbol next to the common name indicates a species new to me, and an asterisk indicates a non-native or hybrid taxon.


   
Stemless evax, Fire evax ^
Hesperevax acaulis var. ambusticola
Asteraceae


 
Bush sunflower
Encelia californica
Asteraceae
 
Caterpillar phacelia
Phacelia cicutaria var. hispida
Hydrophyllaceae


 
 
Golden currant
Ribes aureum var. gracillimum
Grossulariaceae
 
 
Common fiddleneck
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia
Boraginaceae
Wild cucumber
Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus
Cucurbitaceae
Black sage
Salvia mellifera
Lamiaceae
cf. Small-leaf Mountain lilac *
Ceanothus sp. 'Julia Phelps'
Rhamnaceae


   
Valley cholla
Cylindropuntia californica (= Opuntia parryi)
Cactaceae
 
Purple nightshade
Solanum xanti
Solanaceae

 
 
California croton
Croton californicus
Euphorbiaceae
 
 
 
 
Sugar bush
Rhus ovata
Anacardiaceae
Wishbone bush
Mirabilis californica
Nyctaginaceae
 
 


 
Sun cups
Camissonia bistorta
Onagraceae
[L. With Redstem filaree Erodium cicutarium *]


       
   
Blue dicks
Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum
Liliaceae
   
    Littleleaf redberry
Rhamnus crocea
Rhamnaceae


 
cf. Coulter's lupine
Lupinus sparsiflorus
Fabaceae


   
Large-flowered cryptantha
Cryptantha intermedia
Boraginaceae
 
Winged pectocarya
Pectocarya penicillata
Boraginaceae


 
Pygmy weed
Crassula connata
Crassulaceae