PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, CAJON TO SWARTHOUT CANYON ROAD FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




I was hoping that the sections of the PCT from Cajon west toward Wrightwood might show evidence of many species that I did not observe when I did them in the fall last year, but unfortunately due to the extremely dry winter we had such was not the case. However due to the botanical expertise of my companions I was able to add a number of taxa to my list. This is a relatively dry section of the San Gabriels anyway and takes a good deal of rainfall to produce a good growth, so I will have to wait again for another season. To do this hike from the interstate at Cajon to where it crosses Swarthout Canyon Road, I joined Tom Chester and several other people on 3/20/14 after having hiked part of it back in February. This section of the PCT is about 4-1/2 miles in length. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native taxon.


   
Transverse range manzanita
Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. mollis
Ericaceae


 
Slender popcorn flower
Plagiobothrys tenellus
Boraginaceae


 
Red maids
Calandrinia ciliata
Montiaceae
 
 
 
Redstem filaree *
Erodium cicutarium
Geraniaceae


   
Bush poppy
Dendromecon rigida
Papaveraceae



       
   
Showy penstemon
Penstemon spectabilis var. spectabilis
Plantaginaceae
   
    Bush senecio
Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii
Asteraceae
[Right: fasciated stem]


 
Chia
Salvia columbariae
Lamiaceae


Blainville's (Coast) horned lizard
Phrynosoma coronatum
Phrynosomatidae


 
California dodder
Cuscuta californica
Convolvulaceae
[Cuscuta is from an Arabic word for dodder]



 
Hairy bush monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus var. pubescens
Phrymaceae
 
 
California black walnut
Juglans californica
Juglandaceae
 
 
Blue-witch nightshade
Solanum umbelliferum
Solanaceae
 


 
Bajada lupine
Lupinus concinnus
Fabaceae
  Slender wild oats *
Avena barbata
Poaceae


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