WHITEWATER CANYON MARCH 2010 PART TWO
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Photographs by Michael Charters




This was the second of my March visits to Whitewater Canyon and covers the area around the bridge over the Whitewater River, both east and west of the river, the entire loop trail, and the canyon area at the bottom of the loop trail where it comes down into the wash. The loop trail is one of the most magnificent trails I have been on. The Visitor Center is just to the right of the center of the above photo. 10,000 Foot Ridge is coming down from the left in the background. As I make these periodic visits to Whitewater Canyon, I will often display photos of plants in some vegetative state and then later in bloom. I am also attempting to show diagnostic features for at least some of the taxa that are included here.


   
Miniature lupine
Lupinus bicolor
Fabaceae
 
California goosefoot
Chenopodium californicum
Chenopodiaceae
 
Canterbury bells
Phacelia minor
Boraginaceae


 
Desert bitterbrush
Purshia tridentata var. glandulosa
Rosaceae


 
 
Silver lotus
Lotus argophyllus var. argophyllus
Fabaceae
 
 
 
 
Stinging lupine
Lupinus hirsutissimus
Fabaceae
California figwort
Scrophularia californica ssp. floribunda
Scrophulariaceae
 
 


 
Four-wing saltbush
Atriplex canescens ssp. canescens
Chenopodiaceae
 
Fremont's pincushion
Chaenactis fremontii
Asteraceae
 


 
 
Ferguson's bearded cryptantha
Cryptantha barbigera var. fergusoniae
Boraginaceae
 
 



   
Creosote bush
Larrea tridentata
Zygophyllaceae

[Mt. San G. in background]
 
Jacumba milkvetch
Astragalus douglasii var. douglasii
Fabaceae


   
Burrobush, Burroweed, White bursage
Ambrosia dumosa
Asteraceae


 

California groundsel
Senecio californicus
Asteraceae




   
Cream cups
Platystemon californicus
Papaveraceae
 
California poppy
Eschscholzia californica
Paperveraceae
 
Cupleaf ceanothus
Ceanothus greggii var. perplexans
Rhamnaceae


     
  Emory baccharis
Baccharis emoryi
Asteraceae
 


 
 
Royal goldfields
Lasthenia coronaria
Asteraceae
 
 
 
 
Suncup
Camissonia bistorta
Onagraceae
Spanish needles
Palafoxia arida var. arida
Asteraceae

[with blister beetle, Lytta stygica,
family Meloidae, thanks to
Hartmut Wisch for ID]