WHITING RANCH WILDERNESS PARK, ORANGE COUNTY JUNE 2009
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Photographs by Michael Charters




Thanks to a tip from Jonathan Frank in Orange County regarding a location for Weed's intermediate mariposa lily that was easier to get to than Holy Jim Canyon, I drove down there this morning to check it out. Although I had seen the vegetative form of this taxon before, I had never seen it in bloom. Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park were severely impacted by the October 2007 Santiago fire and are still in a state of recovery. There are various trailheads into the park but I only had time to check out a particular area off of Santiago Canyon Road, where I found a good display of the rare and beautiful species Calochortus weedii var. intermedius. This was another mainly one-goal one-stop trip but I did photograph a few other things as well. For comparison purposes, I have included a picture of Calochortus weedii var. weedii taken on the other side of the Santa Ana Mts in San Mateo Canyon. Now I have to look for the third variety, var. vestus, in the West Transverse Range. Anyway, thanks Jonathan.


 
 
Heartleaf penstemon
Keckiella cordifolia
Plantaginaceae
 
 



 
Bush monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus
Phrymaceae
 
Laurel sumac
Malosma laurina
Anacardiaceae


 
 
Coast paintbrush
Castilleja affinis ssp. affinis
Scrophulariaceae
 
 
 
 
California-aster
Corethrogyne filaginifolia (= Lessingia
filaginifolia var. filaginifolia)
Asteraceae
Leafy daisy
Erigeron foliosus var. foliosus
Asteraceae
 
 


 
Common deerweed
Lotus scoparius var. scoparius
Fabaceae


 
 
Weed's intermediate mariposa lily
Calochortus weedii var. intermedius
Liliaceae

Picture at lower right is Calochortus weedii var. weedii
 
 
   



 
Mexican pink, Indian pink
Silene laciniata ssp. laciniata (= S.
laciniata ssp. major
)
Caryophyllaceae



   
Southern honeysuckle
Lonicera subspicata var. denudata
Caprifoliaceae
 
Flower longhorn beetle
Strophiona tigrina
Cerambycidae

(On Southern honeysuckle)


 
Southern California morning glory
Calystegia macrostegia ssp. arida
Convolvulaceae


       
   
Gray hairstreak
Strymon melinus
Lycaenidae
   
    Calabazilla, Stinking gourd
Cucurbita foetidissima
Cucurbitaceae