Bloom Reports from the Anza-Borrego Desert: Elephant Trees Natural Area 21 February 2013

See List of Species in Bloom On Each Trip for an introduction to this page. This is a special page that just gives the blooms in one area observed on one day.

The Checklist follows the 2012 Jepson Manual Second Edition (JM2) with only a few exceptions.

The Checklist is sorted first by the eight evolutionary categories (clades) used in the 2012 Second Edition Jepson Manual - lycophytes, ferns, etc., to eudicots and monocots - and then by family and scientific name. The clades are labeled in the Checklist. Note that this changes the order of presentation of the taxa from that of the 1993 First Edition.

The family name is abbreviated to the first five characters in order to save space in the table rows.

An asterisk before the Common Name indicates a non-native taxon.

The column labeled Number of Plants in Bloom gives the number of plants observed to be in bloom for each species on each hike, with a maximum value of 99 plants for each species. The next row under that header is the month number, with the last row in the header being the day number.

The scientific name is linked to the latest online Jepson Manual description for each species, which also gives the months in which each species flowers. That link also gives a map of where the species occurs in California; a plot of elevation vs. latitude for California; and a histogram of the voucher collections by month. A few species may not have working links, if their names have been updated more recently (such as Mimulus diffusus, which is still listed under M. palmeri in the online flora), or if they are reserved-judgment taxa which are listed in the entry for another taxon name.

The common name for each species in the checklist is linked to Calphotos to give pictures of most taxa. Note that the link will not always return pictures, since not every species has pictures at Calphotos, and a number of species still have their Calphotos pictures under the Jepson Manual First Edition Names.

Print version without picture and lines.

Table 5. Number of Plants of Species in Bloom in Elephant Trees Natural Area 21 February 2013

JM2 Scientific NameBD Pix(*)Common Name# Pls in Bloom
1ACANTJusticia californicaPhotograph of flower of Justicia californicachuparosa1
2ASTERBebbia juncea var. asperaPhotograph of flower of Bebbia juncea var. asperasweetbush1
3ASTERMonoptilon bellioidesPhotograph of flower of Monoptilon bellioidesdesert star1
4ASTERPalafoxia arida var. aridaPhotograph of flower of Palafoxia arida var. aridaSpanish needle2
5ASTERRafinesquia neomexicanaPhotograph of flower of Rafinesquia neomexicanadesert chicory3
6BORAGCryptantha angustifoliaPhotograph of flower of Cryptantha angustifolianarrow-leaved cryptantha99
7BORAGCryptantha maritimaPhotograph of flower of Cryptantha maritimaGuadalupe cryptantha99
8BORAGPectocarya heterocarpaPhotograph of flower of Pectocarya heterocarpachuckwalla pectocarya10
9BORAGPectocarya platycarpaPhotograph of flower of Pectocarya platycarpabroad-fruited combseed1
10BORAGPectocarya recurvataPhotograph of flower of Pectocarya recurvatacurvenut combseed10
11BORAGPhacelia crenulata var. minutifloraPhotograph of flower of Phacelia crenulata var. minutifloralittle-flowered heliotrope phacelia4
12BORAGPhacelia distansPhotograph of flower of Phacelia distanscommon phacelia99
13BRASSBrassica tournefortiiPhotograph of flower of Brassica tournefortii*Asian mustard99
14BRASSCaulanthus lasiophyllusPhotograph of flower of Caulanthus lasiophyllusCalifornia mustard42
15BRASSDithyrea californicaPhotograph of flower of Dithyrea californicaspectacle-pod5
16BRASSLepidium lasiocarpum ssp. lasiocarpumPhotograph of flower of Lepidium lasiocarpum ssp. lasiocarpumhairy-podded pepper-grass5
17CACTAMammillaria dioicaPhotograph of flower of Mammillaria dioicaCalifornia fish-hook cactus15
18EUPHOChamaesyce polycarpaPhotograph of flower of Chamaesyce polycarpasmall-seeded spurge15
19EUPHOChamaesyce setilobaPhotograph of flower of Chamaesyce setilobaYuma spurge99
20EUPHODitaxis lanceolataPhotograph of flower of Ditaxis lanceolatanarrowleaf ditaxis25
21EUPHODitaxis neomexicanaPhotograph of flower of Ditaxis neomexicanaNew Mexico ditaxis14
22EUPHOEuphorbia erianthaPhotograph of flower of Euphorbia erianthabeetle spurge1
23FABACAcmispon strigosusPhotograph of flower of Acmispon strigosusstrigose lotus4
24FOUQUFouquieria splendens ssp. splendensPhotograph of flower of Fouquieria splendens ssp. splendensocotillo8
25LAMIAHyptis emoryiPhotograph of flower of Hyptis emoryidesert-lavender10
26NYCTAAllionia incarnataPhotograph of flower of Allionia incarnatatrailing four o'clock85
27NYCTAMirabilis laevis var. retrorsaPhotograph of flower of Mirabilis laevis var. retrorsawishbone plant4
28ONAGRChylismia claviformis ssp. peirsoniiPhotograph of flower of Chylismia claviformis ssp. peirsoniibrown-eyed primrose99
29PAPAVEschscholzia minutiflora ssp. minutifloraPhotograph of flower of Eschscholzia minutiflora ssp. minutiflorasmall-flowered poppy99
30PAPAVEschscholzia parishiiPhotograph of flower of Eschscholzia parishiiParish's poppy3
31PLANTPlantago ovataPhotograph of flower of Plantago ovatadesert plantain10
32POLYGChorizanthe rigidaPhotograph of flower of Chorizanthe rigidadevil's spineflower1
33POLYGEriogonum inflatumPhotograph of flower of Eriogonum inflatumdesert trumpet1
34POLYGEriogonum thomasiiPhotograph of flower of Eriogonum thomasiiThomas' buckwheat1
35SOLANPhysalis crassifoliaPhotograph of flower of Physalis crassifoliathick-leaved ground cherry2
36VISCAPhoradendron californicumPhotograph of flower of Phoradendron californicumdesert mistletoe1
37ZYGOPFagonia pachyacanthaPhotograph of flower of Fagonia pachyacanthasticky fagonia1
38ZYGOPLarrea tridentataPhotograph of flower of Larrea tridentatacreosote bush3
39POACEBouteloua barbata var. barbataPhotograph of flower of Bouteloua barbata var. barbatasix-weeks grama5

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