SOUTH FORK MEADOWS, SAN BERNARDINO MTS SEPTEMBER 2008
Photographs by Michael Charters




For years I have gone up to the area indicated on maps as South Fork Meadows, which seemed to be the place where the South Fork trail met a junction with the Dry Lake and Dollar Lake trails, and wondered why it was called a meadow. Although there were moisture-loving species in abundance there, it did not strike me as any kind of meadow. I have recently learned that the actual 'meadows' begin about 1/4 mile north of that location and are comprised of a series of open grassy areas extending about a mile downriver, loosely following and being watered by what is referred to as the flume or Jenk's Ditch, which flows all the way from the headwaters of the Santa Ana River to Jenks Lake. All of the species displayed here are still in bloom there in September, with the exception of the spreading sandwort, the pictures of which were taken on the same day along the south cabin tract road near where the Santa Ana River crosses under CA-38, and the baneberry which blooms earlier in the season. 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.


 
 
Western mountain aster
Aster occidentalis var. occidentalis
Asteraceae
 
 
Western bistort
Polygonum bistortoides
Polygonaceae
Southern goldenrod
Solidago confinis
Asteraceae
Grass-of-parnassus ^
Parnassia californica
Saxifragaceae
Great red paintbrush
Castilleja miniata ssp. miniata
Scrophulariaceae


 
Blue-eyed grass
Sisyrinchium bellum
Iridaceae
 
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Asteraceae


   
Spreading sandwort ^
Arenaria lanuginosa ssp. saxosa
Caryophyllaceae


   
Bigelow's sneezeweed
Helenium bigelovii
Asteraceae
 
Parish's yampah
Perideridia parishii ssp. parishii
Apiaceae
 
Red baneberry
Actaea rubra
Ranunculaceae
   
Alpine shooting star
Dodecatheon alpinum
Primulaceae
Meadow lupine
Lupinus polyphyllus var. burkei
Fabaceae
   
Tiling's monkeyflower
Mimulus tilingii
Scrophulariaceae
Meadow starwort
Stellaria longipes var. longipes
Caryophyllaceae
   

 
 
California geranium
Geranium californicum
Geraniaceae
 
Arrowleaf butterweed
Senecio triangularis
Asteraceae
Ranger's buttons
Sphenosciadium capitellatum
Apiaceae
   

 
 
Scouler's St. John's-wort
Hypericum formosum ssp. scouleri
Hypericaceae
 
 
 
 
Whitetip clover
Trifolium variegatum
Fabaceae
Dwarf checkerbloom
Sidalcea malviflora ssp. dolosa
Malvaceae
 
 



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