GARNER VALLEY AND SANTA ROSA MT. ROAD OCTOBER 2008 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




The pictures displayed here were taken along SR-74 through the Garner Valley between the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mts, and along Santa Rosa Mt. Road on the way up to Toro Peak. It amazes me that there are still so many species blooming at this late time of the year. My main purpose was to photograph the population of Machaeranthera canescens var. ziegleri which makes its home in the vicinity of Santa Rosa Mountain and Toro Peak. 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. An asterisk indicates a non-native species.


Garner Valley


   
Desert sand verbena
Abronia villosa var. aurita
Nyctaginaceae
 
Sapphire woolstar
Eriastrum sapphirinum
Polemoniaceae
 
Sticky lessingia
Lessingia glandulifera var. glandulifera
Asteraceae


 
Annual bur-sage
Ambrosia acanthicarpa
Asteraceae

 
 
Russian thistle *
Salsola tragus
Chenopodiaceae
 
 
 
 
Wright's buckwheat
Eriogonum wrightii var. membranaceum
Polygonaceae
Puncture vine *
Tribulus terrestris
Zygophyllaceae
 
 


 
Broom snakeweed
Gutierrezia sarothrae
Asteraceae


 
 
Long-leaved aster
Aster ascendens
Asteraceae
 
 
Deane's wirelettuce
Stephanomeria exigua ssp. deanei
Asteraceae
Sagebrush
Artemisia tridentata
Asteraceae
Long-leaved aster
Aster ascendens
Asteraceae
Davidson's buckwheat
Eriogonum davidsonii
Polygonaceae


 
California-aster
Lessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia
Asteraceae
 


   
Hoary-aster
Machaeranthera canescens var. canescens
Asteraceae
(Work is currently underway to confirm this identification. This is the only Machaeranthera vouchered from Garner Valley,
but it's significant differences from the Mcc in the San Bernardinos render its identity uncertain)


 
California goldenrod
Solidago californica
Asteraceae
 
Alfalfa *
Medicago sativa
Asteraceae


Santa Rosa Mt. Rd to Toro Peak



   
Sugar bush
Rhus ovata
Anacardiaceae
 
Redshanks, Ribbonwood
Adenostoma sparsifolium
Rosaceae


 
Oregon cliff fern ^
Woodsia oregana
Dryopteridaceae