SOUTH FORK TRAIL TO DRY LAKE, SAN GORGONIO
WILDERNESS
JULY 2010 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




In anticipation of a planned outing later this month with John Game, Jeff Greenhouse and Heath Bartosch who are coming down from Berkeley to look for some rare plants in the meadows around South Fork, I hiked from Poopout Hill to Dry Lake to check out the state of things. Many of the species I saw in bloom later in July and on into August two years ago were not yet in evidence along the trail, but there was a good deal of water in the lake with ducks happily splashing about which certainly was not the case back then (see here). Next year I will try to get up there in May or early June because it must be beautiful when it's full. I did take one brief detour down into a section of the meadows where there was a lovely display of blue-eyed grass, shooting stars and white-flowered bog orchids growing in great profusion. On my next trip I will spend a day in the meadows which is a truly special place because it is such a rare thing in Southern California to find such habitats. An upside-down V next to the common name indicates a species that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip, and an asterisk denotes a non-native taxon.


   
Flowers growing along the Flume
trail: streambank lotus, great red
paintbrush and orchids
 
Hartweg's iris
Iris hartwegii ssp. australis
Iridaceae
 
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Asteraceae


 
Moss gentian ^
Gentiana fremontii
Gentianaceae

[Only location in California]
 
Lodgepole chipmunk
Tamias speciosus
Sciuridae


 
 
Beaked penstemon
Penstemon rostriflorus
Plantaginaceae

 
Many-flowered monkeyflower
Mimulus floribundus
Phrymaceae
 


 
 
Mountain whitethorn
Ceanothus cordulatus
Rhamnaceae
 


Martin's paintbrush
Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii
Scrophulariaceae
 
 
 



   
Mojave linanthus
Leptosiphon breviculus
Polemoniaceae

 
Bigelow's sneezeweed
Helenium bigelovii
Asteraceae
 
Meadow starwort
Stellaria longipes ssp. longipes
Caryophyllaceae


 
 
Spreading fleabane
Erigeron divergens
Asteraceae
 


 
 
Slender cinquefoil
Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata
Rosaceae
 
 
 
 
Bracken fern
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens
Dennstaedtiaceae
Great red paintbrush
Castilleja miniata ssp. miniata
Scrophulariaceae
 
 


 
Tiling's monkeyflower
Mimulus tilingii
Phrymaceae


 
 
Snow plant
Sarcodes sanguinea
Ericaceae
 
 
Streambank lotus
Lotus oblongifolius var. oblongifolius
Fabaceae
Alpine shooting star
Dodecatheon alpinum
Primulaceae
Plain mariposa lily
Calochortus invenustus
Liliaceae
Western wallflower
Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum
Brassicaceae