This gallery is the result of two recent field trips that I decided to combine because they were in the same general area. First, I went on Mickey Long's annual desert field trip with Walt Fidler, Cliff and Gabi McLean and others to Saddleback Butte State Park, and then two days later, thanks to the excellent scouting of Walt Fidler and my longtime desire to see desert candle, I joined a group consisting of Walt, Tom Chester, Jane Tirrell, Nancy Accola, Bob Allen and Harry Spilman, to do a car botanizing trip in the western Mojave. We started at US395 north of Adelanto, and drove across a vast expanse of Mojave terrain covered in places with goldfields and creosote bush, on Shadow Mountain Road, E 240th St. and Black Butte Basin Road to the intersection of Highway 18 and Pearblossom Highway (SR378), stopping in eight or nine locations to see specific plants or just to explore the surroundings. It was a fantastic day, sunny and remarkably pleasant for the desert, with the snowy San Gabriels always in our view, and we saw a tremendous number of species including some that we didn't expect. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable and fruitful days I've ever spent in the field. And I got to see desert candle which I had only previously seen once about 20 years ago! The picture above is of the great masses of Parry's linanthus (Linanthus parryae) that covered dozens if not hundreds of acres in one area. An asterisk next to the common name is for an introduced species.

Desert candle
Caulanthus inflatus

Anderson thornbush
Lycium andersonii

[Named for naturalist Dr. Charles Lewis Anderson, 1827-1910]

Apricot mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua

Bigelow's coreopsis
Leptosyne bigelovii

Blue sage
Salvia dorrii var. dorrii

[Named for poet, inventor and plant collector Clarendon Herbert Dorr, 1816-1887]

Booth's evening primrose
Eremothera boothii ssp. ?

[Named for William Beattie Booth, 1804-1874]

California mustard
Caulanthus lasiophyllus

Yellow turban
Eriogonum pusillum

Krascheninnikovia lanata

[Named for Russian botanist and Professor of natural history Stepan Petrovich Krascheninnikov, 1713-1755]

Curvenut pectocarya
Pectocarya recurvata

Cooper's boxthorn
Lycium cooperi


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