WHITEWATER CANYON APRIL 2009 PART TWO
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Photographs by Michael Charters




One photo gallery was clearly not enough for April in Whitewater Canyon, and subsequent visits keep turning up more and more species. Most of the photos in this gallery were taken either in the wash area below the Reserve, or along a section of the Pacific Crest Trail that zigzags up out of the Canyon on the west side of the Reserve. I will make at least one more trip there this month and try to go farther along the PCT as it heads north on the west side of the wash. There are still many species that have been vouchered from Whitewater Canyon that I haven't found yet. And my thanks again to those people who suggested corrections on identifications for the previous gallery pages. For those who didn't see the previous Whitewater Canyon galleries, Whitewater Canyon is north of Interstate 10 just where you begin to see the wind machines in San Gorgonio Pass, a couple of miles west of where the 62 goes off to Joshua Tree. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native taxon, and a tilde (~) indicates an uncertain identification. This photo gallery includes a page of species that are unidentified in hopes that the sharp eyes and keen minds of viewers will be able to suggest an identification. These are mostly shrubby species that will be in bloom later in the season.


   
Canterbury bells
Phacelia minor
Hydrophyllaceae
 
California ephedra, Joint-fir
Ephedra californica
Ephedraceae
 
Everlasting neststraw
Stylocline gnaphaloides
Asteraceae


 
Brittle spineflower
Chorizanthe brevicornu var. brevicornu
Polygonaceae


 
 
Burrobush
Ambrosia dumosa
Asteraceae
 
 
 
 
Variable checkerspot
Euphydryas chalcedona
Nymphalidae
Desert straw, Wire-lettuce
Stephanomeria pauciflora var. pauciflora
Asteraceae
 
 


 
Acton encelia
Encelia actoni
Asteraceae
   



       
   
Hairy evening primrose
Oenothera elata ssp. hirsutissima
Onagraceae
   
    Limestone phacelia
Phacelia affinis
Hydrophyllaceae


     
Browneyes
Camissonia claviformis ssp. aurantiaca
Onagraceae
 
Small-seeded spurge
Chamaesyce polycarpa
Euphorbiaceae


   
Strigose lotus
Lotus strigosus
Fabaceae
 
 



 
Creek monkeyflower
Mimulus guttatus
Scrophulariaceae
 
 
White alder
Alnus rhombifolia
Betulaceae
 
 
Veatch's blazing star
Mentzelia veatchiana
Loasaceae
 


 
Willow-herb
Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum
Onagraceae