SANTA ROSA PLATEAU BURN AREA APRIL 2011
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Photographs by Michael Charters




On September 1, 2010, a fire blackened 85 acres of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve near Murrieta. This part of the Reserve is currently closed and is scheduled to be reopened in approximately a year, after the trail, which was not in good condition before the fire and was damaged further by it, is re-routed. Yesterday I received permission to accompany Tom Chester and Mike Crouse along a section of the Wiashal Trail that winds through the burn area and we botanized across a good section of that area both along the trail and off-trail. The large shrubs such as chamise, oak and mission manzanita, all seem to be happily resprouting, and the charred ground has produced a crop of beautiful wildflowers including a great number of snapdragons, whispering bells and gilias. An upside-down V next to the common name is for a taxon I had never seen before, and an asterisk indicates a non-native species. Tom Chester's flora of this area is here.


   
San Diego pea
Lathyrus vestitus var. alefeldii
Fabaceae
 
Strigose lotus
Acmispon [Lotus] strigosus
Fabaceae

 
The Photographer


 
 
Chaparral gilia
Gilia angelensis
Polemoniaceae
 


   
Ground pink
Linanthus dianthiflorus
Polemoniaceae


 
Long-beaked storksbill *
Erodium botrys
Geraniaceae

[Picture at lower left shows the furrows above the fruit body]
 



   
Large-flowered cryptantha
Cryptantha intermedia var. intermedia
Boraginaceae


 
Sleepy catchfly
Silene antirrhina
Caryophyllaceae
[Note sticky internodes on the stem]



 
 
 
Minute-flowered cryptantha ^
Cryptantha micromeres
Boraginaceae
 
 


 
 
Red-stem filaree *
Erodium cicutarium
Geraniaceae

[Picture on right shows round pits atop fruit body]
 


       
   
Common eucrypta
Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var. chrysanthemifolia
Boraginaceae
   
    Blue dicks
Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum
Themidaceae