UNNAMED CREEK, SAN GABRIEL MTS JUNE 2014
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Photographs by Michael Charters




To call this a creek, named or otherwise, is to be generous to what is more accurately a seasonal channel that drains some hills on the north side of the Angeles Crest Highway near mileage marker 54 between Three Points and Cloudburst Summit and then continues down roughly parallel to and between the ACH and the Pacific Crest Trail. It is a location known to many botanists because of the rare plant that grows there, Triteleia lugens. After a morning excursion down the Burkhart Trail looking for lemon lilies in bloom, we repaired to this location to try to find the Triteleia. There is a lot of confusion about the triplet lily taxa in the San Gabriels, with a total of three species having been vouchered, ixioides, dudleyi and lugens. I think that it is likely that all the plants there are lugens. In any event we began to search and it only took about ten minutes before Gabi McLean found the first (and only) one in bloom. We gathered around it as if it were a chunk of gold. By the time the group began to drift away, we had only found a handful of plants all in fruit, but later Fred Roberts (and I a couple of days later) in following the channel further west found several hundred plants though none were in bloom. This is clearly the place to go to see this species, and in a wetter year it abounds with interesting plants.


 
 
Coast range triteleia, Coast range triplet lily
Triteleia lugens
Themidaceae
 
 
   



 
Spanish clover
Acmispon americanus var. americanus
Fabaceae


 
Volcanic gilia
Gilia ochroleuca ssp. vivida
Polemoniaceae
 
 
 
Davidson's buckwheat
Eriogonum davidsonii
Polygonaceae


   
Mojave linanthus
Leptosiphon breviculus
Polemoniaceae
 
Golden yarrow
Eriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum
Asteraceae


   
Whiskerbrush
Leptosiphon ciliatus
Polemoniaceae
[ciliatus = having a fringe like an eyelash]


 
 
Pine green-gentian
Frasera neglecta
Gentianaceae
Southern mountain woolstar
Eriastrum densifolium ssp. austromontanum
Polemoniaceae
 


 
 
 
Spike primrose
Epilobium densiflorum
Onagraceae
 
 



 
San Gabriel beardtongue
Penstemon labrosus
Plantaginaceae

[labrosus = thick-lipped]



   
Downy monkeyflower
Mimulus pilosus
Phrymaceae
[pilosus = covered with long, soft hairs]


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