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Literature Cited
 When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.
 

2011

 
 

Saturday, April 23rd

 

Literature Cited:
- Reynolds, Robert E., 2011.

Other articles: Harvard Road at Temecula St Interstate 15 near Lime Hill

Locations: Lime Hill.  

Field trip stop at Lime Hill.
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Field discussion of the geology in today's field trip.
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Looking at bedded limestone on Lime Hill

Other articles: Power Line Road #2 (Middle) at Harvard Maze
Full Size ImageView west across a portion of the Harvard Maze  

These furrows may have been made during an attempt at agriculture.

Other articles: Power Line Road #2 (Middle) at Harvard Maze
Full Size ImageColl. No. 729, Lepidium flavum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 729, Lepidium flavum  

729  Lepidium flavum Torr. Yellow Pepperweed.

Harvard Maze, San Bernardino County, California. Harvard Maze, an area of patterned soil possibly scraped to obtain gravel, 3.5 road miles northeast of the Harvard Road exit of US Interstate 15, by way of Harvard Road and the powerline road, and 24 miles east northeast of Barstow. 35.0101N, 116.6256W. WGS 1984. Elev. 580 m.

Coll. No. 729, 31 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Annual glabrous throughout; Leaves basal withering, pinnately-lobed (found on only the largest specimen), cauline present, bases simple; Flowers radial; Petals yellow; Stamens 6; Ovary ovoid; Style exserted from fruit notch 0.6-0.9 mm; Fruit young erect, unsegmented, winged, mature dehiscent; Seeds 2.

Other articles: Eastern Mojave Geology in Alvord Mtn area
Full Size ImageField discussion about Peach Spring Tuff in the Alvord Mountain area.  

Outcrop of Peach Spring Tuff in the Alvord Mountain area.

Other articles: Microwave Tower Road at viewpoint
Full Size ImageView of Goldstone Gravels along the gravel ridge.
Full Size ImageView from the gravel ridge.  

View from the road to the microwave tower.

Full Size ImageResistant limestone ledge on sand ridge.
Full Size ImageView northeast across basin to Goldstone gravel ridge.  
Field trip stop at a ledge of resistant limestone.
 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

 
 

Sunday, April 24th

 

Other articles: Furnace Creek Wash Road along the road
Full Size ImageColl. No. 730, Diplacus bigelovii var. cuspidatus  

730  Mimulus bigelovii (A. Gray) A. Gray var. cuspidatus A. L. Grant. Bigelow's Monkeyflower.

I picked up this little one thinking it was Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus.

Furnace Creek Wash, Inyo County, California. Along Furnace Creek Wash Road, about 2.5 miles south of the Billie Mine and Ryan. 36.3019N, 116.6792W. Elev. 870 m.

Coll. No. 730, 1 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Stem internodes lower < upper; nodes: most with 2 flowers; Leaves distal >> basal; Caylx sparsely long hairy (definitely not puberulent); Corolla tube 13 mm, limb 10 mm, throat floor yellow at mouth; Stigma included (though appears at end of corolla tube- throat when flowers dehisce), lobes ~equal.

 

Tuesday, April 26th

 

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road north of the fence near the fence

Locations: Johnson. Little Dragoon Mountains.
Full Size ImageLocality of Frasera albomarginata  

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.
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View of Little Dragoon Mountains from 7 Dash Ranch Road.
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View north.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 731, Frasera albomarginata

Species Lists: Frasera albomarginata  

731  Frasera albomarginata S. Watson.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1296N, 110.0756W. WGS 1984. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 732, Mortonia scabrella  

732  Mortonia scabrella A. Gray. Rio Grande Saddlebush.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1296N, 110.0756W. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 733, Rhus microphylla  

733  Rhus microphylla Engelm. ex A. Gray.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1296N, 110.0755W. WGS 1984. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 734, Rhus virens var. choriophylla  

734  Rhus virens Lindh. ex A. Gray var. choriophylla (Woot. & Standl.) L.D. Benson. Evergreen Sumac.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1296N, 110.0755W. WGS 1984. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 735, Berberis harmatocarpa  

Berberis haematocarpa Wooten. Red Barberry.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1296N, 110.0755W. WGS 1984. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

There are two barberrys in Cochise County, B. haematocarpa and B. wilcoxii. I'm thinking this one is B. haematocarpa based upon the narrow aspect of the leaves relative to the length, and the elevation and habitat.

Collection discarded.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 736, Prosopis velutina  

736  Prosopis velutina Wooten. Velvet Mesquite.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1296N, 110.0755W. WGS 1984. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

The few flowers that are open have free petals, not fused, and the plant is moderately hairy, so I'm pretty sure it's P. velutina.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 737, Dalea formosa
Full Size ImageColl. No. 737, Dalea formosa  

737  Dalea formosa Torrey. Feather Plume.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1296N, 110.0755W. WGS 1984. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

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Coll. No. 737, Dalea formosa

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 738, Garrya wrightii  

738  Garrya wrightii Torr. Wright's Silk-Tassel.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1275N, 110.0765W. WGS 1984. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

Collection discarded.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 739, Pinus cembroides  

739  Pinus cembroides Zucc. Mexican Pinyon.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1275N, 110.0765W. WGS 1984. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

Collection discarded.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 740, Quercus turbinella  

740  Quercus turbinella

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1275N, 110.0765W. WGS 1984. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

Collection discarded.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near the fence
Full Size ImageColl. No. 741, Cercocarpus montanus  

741  Cercocarpus montanus Raf. Alder-Leaf Mountain Mahogany.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. Four miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, at the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 2 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1275N, 110.0765W. WGS 1984. Collected with Frasera albomarginata. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

Collection discarded.

Other articles: 7 Dash Ranch Road near Johnson
Full Size ImageRoadside habitat of Frasera albomarginata.

Species Lists: Frasera albomarginata  

742  Frasera albomarginata S. Watson.

Johnson, Cochise County, Arizona. 3.3 miles north of Exit 322 of US Interstate 10 on N. 7 Dash Road, near the north boundary of the private property of the Nord Resources, Inc., Johnson Camp Mine. This location is about 1.5 miles north of the former town of Johnson. 32.1219N, 110.0707W. WGS 1984. Elev. 1527 m. Access and permission to collect courtesy of Nord Resources, Inc.

Other articles: Three Links Road at summit
Full Size ImageColl. No. 743, Quercus
Full Size ImageColl. No. 743, Quercus  

743  Quercus pungens Liebm. Pungent Oak.
  Det. per Leslie Landrum via John Anderson, 1/23/2012.

Benson, Cochise County, Arizona. At the pass on 3 Links Road, 7.4 miles east of Cascabel Road, 28 road miles east-northeast of Benson, Arizona. 32.2052N, 110.1957W. WGS 1984. Common on limestone.

Coll. No. 743, 7 Jan 2012, characters observed: Leaves elliptic, margins wavy, toothed, reddish on top, grayish on bottom, sunken veins on top, stellate hairs top and bottom.

Collection discarded.

Locations: San Xavier del Bac Mission.
Full Size ImageSan Xavier del Bac Mission  

 

Other articles: Davis Road Mud Volcanoes
Full Size ImageA geothermal plant goes up behind the mud volcanoes.  

 

Full Size ImageHouse that my dad build; 12956 Woodcock Street.  
House that my dad built: 12956 Woodcock Street, San Fernando.

Full Size ImageParticipants in the 2011 Mimulus workshop  
Group Photo
 

Tuesday, June 14th

 

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 at Mono Lake Vista

Locations: Mono Diggins.
Full Size ImagePlaque for Mono Diggins at Vista Point  

Mono Diggins
About 1 mile N.E. of here lies Mono Diggins, the first extensive placer mining excitement east of the Sierra. Cord Norst is generally credited with being the discoverer on July 4, 1859. A town, Monoville, boasted a transient population of 500 - 1000. A post office was established December 12, 1859, was closed by April 2, 1862, as the prospectors moved on to Aurora.

One of the most ambitious hydraulic water projects of the time was the transportaiton of water from Virginia Creek to the Diggins by open ditches known as "The Mono Ditch." The remnants of the system may be seen by looking easterly from the highway summit or northerly from the bottom of the grade.

Plaque dedicated September 8, 1978
Bodie Chapter of E. Clampus Vitus

Other articles: California Highway 158 near Grant Lake spillway Forest Road 01S30 at spillway

Locations: Grant Lake.
Full Size ImageWater spills over the Grant Lake Dam.  

Stopped to see the water spilling over the Grant Lake Dam.
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Standing wave at the end of the Grant Lake spillway.
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Water comes down the Grant Lake spillway
 

Wednesday, June 15th

 

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S29 at gatehouse

Locations: Rush Creek.
Full Size ImageThe new Rush Creek return ditch gatehouse.  

Visit to the Rush Creek return ditch gatehouse.

Other articles: Forest Road 1S52 46100 47000

Locations: Pumice Valley.
Full Size ImageView southeast on 1S52, which may have been the Old Mono Highway in 1954.  

Small road that I thought might have been the old Mono Highway. (37.87099, -119.08523, 6961 ft.) about equal portions of sagebrush and bitterbrush, with Phacelia bicolor, Mentzelia albicaulis, Cryptantha, Gaytophytum, Prunus andersonii, Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus (with a twist), Tiquilia, and Linanthus pungens.
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Looking northeast across Pumice Valley from the edge of the Aeolian Buttes

Other articles: West Portal Road 49900
Full Size ImageView of West Portal  

Stop at West Portal, not much to see here.
  (37,86963, -119.07834) Bitterbrush dominant, Sagebrush, Two-colored Phacelia, Ground Smoke, Crinkle Mat, Mentzelia, Ericameria nauseosus.

Other articles: West Portal Road near W. Portal
Full Size ImageLooking northwest over the Aeolian Buttes to Mt. Gibb  

View across the Aeolian Buttes to Mt. Gibb.

Other articles: West Portal Road near rock outcrop near rock outcrop
Full Size ImageRock outcrop on edge of Aeolian Buttes
Full Size ImageRock outcrop on edge of Aeolian Buttes  

Rocks by aqueduct road, with Bitterbrush, Ericameria nauseosus (blue-green), Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus (with a twist), and lesser amounts of Sagebrush.

Other articles: West Portal Road at rock outcrop
Full Size ImageColl No 744, Prunus emarginata
Full Size ImageColl. No. 744, Prunus emarginata  

744  Prunus emarginata (Douglas) Eaton. Bitter Cherry.

Aeolian Buttes, Mono County, California. Around rocks on northeast side of Aeolian Buttes, just above the Aqueduct Road. 37.8661N, 119.0743W. WGS 1984 Elev. 6990 ft. Approximately six plants in a small area.

Coll. No. 744, 7 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial, woody, erect shrub; Twigs with a terminal bud; Leaves alternate, in clusters, simple, entire, obovate, veins pinnate, gland-toothed; Infloresence a short (20 mm) raceme (not an umbel); Sepal entire (not gland-toothed); Flowers 6-8; Hypanthium urn-shaped, slightly narrowed at top; Ovary superior, 2 mm, glabrous; Style 1, 5 mm, linear (not tapered); Pistil 1; Stamens many (obs: 25); and Fruit glabrous.

Other articles: West Portal Road at rock outcrop
Full Size ImageColl. No. 745, Ribes cereum var. cereum  

745  Ribes cereum Douglas var. cereum . Wax Currant.

Aeolian Buttes, Mono County, California. Around rocks on northeast side of Aeolian Buttes, just above the Aqueduct Road, about 1 mile east of US Highway 395. 37.8661N, 119.0743W. WGS 1984. Elev. 6990 ft. Approximately four large-size plants in this area.

Coll. No. 745, 7 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial, woody, erect shrub; Nodal spines 0; Bract tip truncate; Sepals white-greem, 6 mm; Hypanthium tube-shaped, clearly exceeding the ovary, > 2 × longer than wide; Style glabrous (expected to be hairy); and Anther tip rounded with a cup-like depression.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N11 near CA Hwy 120 Field Notes Monday, July 26, 2010

Locations: Pumice Valley.
Full Size ImageBurned area in Pumice Valley  

Drove through the burned area near Mono Craters in Pumice Valley. This area burned in the Mono Craters fire of July 25-27, 2010.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N11 edge of burn
Full Size ImageEdge of burn area  

Edge of burned area (37.90466, -119.04371, 6885 ft.), also here: Gaytophytum, Tiquilia (sterile), and more Sagebrush than Bitterbrush.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N11 near CA Hwy 120
Full Size ImageCollection No. 746, Calyptridium roseum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 746, Calyptridium roseum  

746  Calyptridium roseum Rosy Pussy Paws.

Pumice Valley, Mono County, California. Pumice flats near the north end of Mono Craters, just south of California Highway 120 on Inyo Forest Road 1N11, 3 miles northeast of US Highway 395. 37.9047N, 119.0437W. WGS 1984. Elev. 6885 ft. Found on the edge of an area that burned July 26-27, 2010.

Coll. No. 746, 8 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual; Leaves fleshy; Flowers on pedicels, 1-3 mm; Sepals2; Petals 2, white; Stamen 1; Anther yellow (TJM keys will say rose to pink, but they look yellow to me); Style absent; Stigma sessile; Capsule oblong.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N11 near CA Hwy 120 Field Notes Coll. No. 799, 11 Sep 2011.
Full Size ImageErythranthe suksdorfii, Calyptridium roseum, and Phacelia bicolor just west of Mono Craters.
Full Size ImageCollection No. 747, Erythranthe suksdorfii  

747  Mimulus suksdorfii A. Gray. (=Erythranthe suksdorfii (A. Gray) N.S. Fraga) Suksdorf's Monkeyflower.

Pumice Valley, Mono County, California. Pumice flats near the north end of Mono Craters, just south of California Highway 120 on Inyo Forest Road 1N11, 3 miles northeast of US Highway 395. 37.9047N, 119.0437W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2105 m. Very small and yellow, growing adjacent to the more common magenta flowered M. nanus var. mephiticus. Found on the edge of an area that burned July 26-27, 2010. Mature material is Coll. No. 799, made at the same location, 11 Sep 2011.

15 June 2011:

  • Annual
  • Stem branched.
  • First and second internodes approximately equal length.
  • Leaves entire.
  • Pedicel 5-7 mm, slightly longer than calyx.
  • Calyx 3-4 mm, has few short and long hairs, but grabrous between the ribs, maybe slightly swollen in fruit, lobes equal in length, shorter than corolla tube
  • Corolla lobes yellow, rounded, throat 4 mm, limb 3 mm.

Coll. No. 747, 15 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual; Pedicels 4-7 mm (4.0, 5.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0), > calyx; Calyx 2.5-3.5 mm (2.5, 3.0, 3.0, 3.5, 3.5), puberulent, slightly inflated in fruit, lobes equal, < tube, rounded, glabrous; Corolla 2-3 mm, limb 2 mm, single color, yellow, one or more red spots.

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Collection No. 747, Erythranthe suksdorfii
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Collection No. 747, Erythranthe suksdorfii
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Coll. No. 747, Erythranthe suksdorfii
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Coll. No. 747, Erythranthe suksdorfii

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N11 near CA Hwy 120
Full Size ImageColl. No. 748, Phacelia bicolor  

748  Phacelia bicolor Torr. ex S. Watson var. bicolor. Two-Color Phacelia.

Pumice Valley, Mono County, California. Pumice flats near the north end of Mono Craters, just south of California Highway 120 on Inyo Forest Road 1N11, 3 miles northeast of US Highway 395. 37.9047N, 119.0437W. WGS 1984. Elev. 6885 ft. Found on the edge of an area that burned July 26-27, 2010.

Coll. No. 748, 16 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual of widely varying sizes, generally less than 2 dm.; Stem sometimes branched at base, decumbent to erect, sparsely glandular hairy; Leaf ovate in outline, to 2 cm, odd pinnate; Leaflets toothed to 2-pinnate; Pedicels 1-2 mm, glandular hairy; Bracts strap-like, 5 mm, glandular hairy; Corolla 13 mm x 8-10 mm wide, deciduous, tube yellow, lobes blue; Stamens 6 mm; Filaments few small hairs near base, but are glabrous rather than the expected puberulent; Ovary bristly near top; Style 4 mm, small straight hairy rather than the expected puberulent.

Literature Cited:
- Brokaw, Joshua M., and Larry Hufford, 2011.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N11 near CA Hwy 120
Full Size ImageCollection No. 749, Mentzelia montana  

749  Mentzelia montana (Davidson) Davidson. Variegated-Bract Blazing Star.

Pumice Valley, Mono County, California. Pumice flats near the north end of Mono Craters, just south of California Highway 120 on Inyo Forest Road 1N11, 3 miles northeast of US Highway 395. 37.9047N, 119.0437W. WGS 1984. Elev. 6885 ft. Found on the edge of an area that burned July 26-27, 2010.

Coll. No. 749, 16 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual to 15 cm; Stem light-colored (dark when dry); Leaves to 10 cm, linear, pinnately lobed; Floral bracts 3 to 5-toothed, white base, green margin, not concealing fruit; Petals yellow, orange at base; Style 2 mm; Fruit 8 mm x 2-3 mm wide, not curved; Seeds in more than one row above the mid-fruit; Elevation 2100 m.

Originally determined as Mentzelia albicaulis. However, using Brokaw (2011), keys to M. montana because floral bracts have 3-5 teeth, the relatively small white patch on the floral bracts, and the relatively small (8-10 mm), straight fruit.

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Coll. No. 749, Mentzelia montana

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N11 near CA Hwy 120
Full Size ImageColl. No. 750, Diplacus nanus
Full Size ImageColl. No. 750, Diplacus nanus  

750  Mimulus nanus Hook. & Arn. var. nanus. Dwarf Purple Monkey Flower.

Pumice Valley, Mono County, California. Pumice flats near the north end of Mono Craters, just south of California Highway 120 on Inyo Forest Road 1N11, 3 miles northeast of US Highway 395. 37.9047N, 119.0437W. WGS 1984. Elev. 6885 ft. Found on the edge of an area that burned July 26-27, 2010. Most collections at this locality are determined as var. mephiticus, but short lengths of hairs on leaves and calyces of this collection are strongly suggestive of var. nanus.

Coll. No. 750, 16 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual 4-5 cm; Flower nodes with 2 flowers; Leaves puberulent, tip rounded, gland tipped hairs 0.1-0.2 mm mostly along margins; Pedicel 2-3 mm; Calyx 7 mm., gland tipped hairs 0.1-0.2 mm; Corolla bilateral, tube throat 12-15 mm., externally glabrous; Anthers ciliate; Stigma at end of corolla tube throat, > stamens, edges ciliate; Fruit fragile (definitely not hard).

  Intersection of 1S03 (37.88897, -119.04247, 6990 ft.), primarily Bitterbrush, some Sagebrush, two Eriogonum (spergulinum and one more, maybe baileyi).

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S18 at foot of craters
Full Size ImageView of Pumice Valley from the base of the Mono Craters  

End of Road

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S18 at foot of craters
Full Size ImageColl. No. 751, Lupinus duranii
Full Size ImageColl. No. 751, Lupinus duranii  

751  Lupinus duranii Eastw. Mono Lake Lupine.

Pumice Valley, Mono County, California. West base of Mono Craters at end of Inyo Forest Road 1S18, 4 air miles east of the south intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 120. 37.8832N, 119.018W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2287 m. Open volcanic sand flats with a significant western exposure may account for the relatively small dimensions of this collection.

  • Perennial
  • Internodes nearly 0,
  • Stipules 9 mm
  • Petioles 4 cm
  • Pedicels 3-4 mm
  • Banner glabrous, wing glabrous, keel open at top, glabrous, 10 stamens, 4-6 short, stigma has small hairs.
Coll. No. 751, 17 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial herb from woody caudex, to 10 cm. tall; Leaves cauline, clustered near base; Stipules 3 mm.; Petioles 3-4 cm.; Leaflets 7, 8-9 mm.; Bracts deciduous; Pedicels 2.5-3.0 mm.; Flower 7(8) mm.; Banner back glabrous; Keel margins glabrous;

Originally assumed to be L. duranii when collected. Could be determined as L. breweri on the basis of smaller stipules, petioles, pedicels and flowers than typically seen in L. duranii. However, given the west-facing sand slope on which this collection was made, I am assuming it is just a small L. duranii.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S18 at foot of craters  

752  Calyptridium umbellatum (Torr.) Greene.

Pumice Valley, Mono County, California. West base of Mono Craters at end of Inyo Forest Road 1S09, 4 air miles east of the south intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 120. 37.8832N, 119.018W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2287 m.

Inflorescence terminal.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S18 at foot of craters
Full Size ImageColl. No. 753, Cryptantha confertifolia  

753  Cryptantha confertiflora (Greene) Payson. Basin Yellow Cryptantha.

Pumice Valley, Mono County, California. West base of Mono Craters at end of Inyo Forest Road 1S09, 4 air miles east of the south intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 120. 37.8832N, 119.018W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2287 m.

Large yellow.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S18 part way up the road
Full Size ImageView of Pumice Valley from the base of the Mono Craters  

Started back down the road into the valley.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N11 at sandy/rocky area
Full Size ImageHabitat of Lupinus duranii
Full Size ImageHabitat of Lupinus duranii  

Came across this more open area with a lot of Lupinus duranii/
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A pink Mono Lake lupine

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S38 near Mono Craters
Full Size ImageHabitat of Abronia turbinata near Mono Craters.  

Abronia turbinata in bud. (37.83923, -119.03487, 7426 ft.)

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S38 near 1S38G
Full Size ImageView northwest along 1S38 from Mono Craters to Warren Bench.  

View down 1S38 (northwest) to Warren Bench.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S122 at 1s127 Inyo Forest Road 1S127 at 1S122

Locations: Bald Mountain. Punch Bowl.
Full Size ImageView into steam explosion pit of the Mono Craters Punch Bowl.  

View into Punch Bowl, one of several phreatic explosion pits at the south end of the Mono Craters.
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View of Bald Mountain, southeast of Mono Craters.
 

Thursday, June 16th

 

Other articles: Forest Road 1S06 near mdw
Full Size ImageView to southwest of meadow near Mono Mills
Full Size ImageView to north of meadow near Mono Mills  

Took the 120 Cut-Off to Sagehen Meadow.

Other articles: Forest Road 1N02 at the house

Locations: Sagehen Meadow. Sagehen Peak.
Full Size ImageThe Sagehen Meadow house  

Visited the Sagehen Meadow house.
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Sagehen Peak from the meadow

Other articles: Forest Road 1S191 near GPS stn Forest Road 1S196 in Sagehen Mdw

Locations: Sagehen Meadow.
Full Size ImageRobert L. Lane house in Sagehen Meadow  

We went out the "Escape Route" which has this view of the house.
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Sagehen Peak from the GPS station
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Cowtrack Mountain from the GPS station.

Other articles: Forest Road 1N02 at upper viewpoint
Full Size ImageView of Sagehen Meadow and house from near Sagehen Peak.  

I was a little upset when we had to clear the brush from private property for 200 feet around the house. However, from this perspective, it doesn't look so bad.

Other articles: Forest Road 1S17 in Crooked Mdws CG at Crooked Mdws
Full Size ImageCrooked Meadows in mid-June, no flowers yet.
Full Size ImageWaiting for lunch at the Snow Bank Caf.  

At Crooked Meadows in mid-June, there were no flowers yet.

Other articles: California Highway 120 at "barren" flat
Full Size ImageCollection No. 754, Cymopterus cinereus
Full Size ImageCollection No. 754, Cymopterus cinereus  

754  Cymopterus cinerarius A. Gray. Along California Highway 120, 8 miles east of US Highway 395. Around Jeffrey pines, in pine needles, and other places with more organic matter than is usual in these cinder beds.
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Coll. No. 754, Cymopterus cinerarius

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N23 near gravel pit
Full Size ImageColl. No. 755, Eatonella nivea
Full Size ImageColl. No. 755, Eatonella nivea  

755  Eatonella nivea (D.C.Eaton) A. Gray. Approximately 0.7 mi east on Forest Road 1N23 from California Highway 120. Northeast flank of a gravel pit.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N11 near CA Hwy 120
Full Size ImageErythranthe suksdorfii, Calyptridium roseum, and Phacelia bicolor just west of Mono Craters.  

747  Mimulus suksdorfii growing with Calyptridium roseum and Phacelia bicolor at the boundary of the burned area.

Other articles: Parker Lake Trail at e. end of lk. Mono Lake Basin Flora Parker Lake

Locations: Parker Lake.
Full Size ImageView west across Parker Lake  

Parker Lake
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Outlet of Parker Lake

Other articles: Parker Lake Trail 57000

Locations: Parker Creek.
Full Size ImageParker Creek just below Parker Lake.  

Parker Creek, just below Parker Lake
 

Saturday, June 18th

 
  Field trip to Convict Lake with Cathy Rose.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S126 parking

Locations: Punch Bowl.
Full Size ImageFloor of one of the craters at the Punch Bowl  

Used Forest Road 01S126 to access the Punch Bowl.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S126 parking

Locations: Punch Bowl.  

756  Calyptridium umbellatum, I thought maybe this was C. monospermum until I got it out of the ground.

Calyptridium umbellatum (Torr.) Greene.

Punch Bowl, Mono County, California. On one of the more level sand flats among the explosion pits and domes 0.75 km northeast of the explosion pit commonly called the Punch Bowl. 37.8196N, 119.0208W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2343 m.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S126 parking

Locations: Punch Bowl.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 757, Galium multiflorum  

757  Galium multiflorum, determination tentative, sterile collection.

Galium multiflorum Kellogg. Many-Flower Bedstraw.

Punch Bowl, Mono County, California. Growing around rocks in Jeffrey pine needles in a small valley between two plug domes, 0.6 km northeast of the Punch Bowl. 37.8194N, 119.0233W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2353 m. Determination tentative, sterile and juvenile collection.

Collection discarded.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S126 parking

Locations: Punch Bowl.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 758, Chamaebatiaria millefolium  

758  Chaemabataria millifolium (Torr.) Maxim. Desert Sweet.

Punch Bowl, Mono County, California. On loose talus slopes in narrow defile between rhyolite plug domes, 0.6 km northeast of Punch Bowl. 37.8191N, 119.0229W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2353 m. Sterile collection. No buds forming yet.

Other articles: Convict Lake Road near Convict Lk

Locations: Convict Lake. Laurel Mountain.
Full Size ImageLaurel Mountain across Convict Lake.  

 

Other articles: Convict Lake Road at Convict Lk

Locations: Convict Lake.
Full Size ImagePlaque for Convict Lake  

Convict Lake
Convict Lake and Creek are so named as the result of an encounter here September 17, 1871, between Robert Morrison, Benton merchant and member of a posse of citizens, and three convicts who had escaped from the Carson City, Nevada, state penitentiary. Morrison encountered the convicts on present Convict Creek, then known as Monte Diable Creek. Morrison was killed and the convicts escaped. Other members of the possee captured the fugitives in Round Valley. They were taken to Bishop where two of the convicts were hanged. The third, a youth of 19, was returned to the Carson prison. The indians are said to have called Convict Lake wit-sa-nap.
Dedicated September 21, 1974
Bodie Chapter, E Clampus Vitus
Mono County Board of Supervisors
 

Sunday, June 19th

 

Other articles: Goat Ranch Cutoff near Rancheria Gulch

Locations: Dunderberg Peak.
Full Size ImageView of Dunderberg Peak from Goat Ranch Cutoff  

Camissonia parvula and Oenothera caespitosa var. marginata growing together beside Goat Ranch Cutoff.
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Two evening primroses growing together along Goat Ranch Cutoff
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Mono Lake to the south.

Other articles: Goat Ranch Cutoff near Rancheria Gulch
Full Size ImageColl. No. 759, Camissonia parvula
Full Size ImageColl. No. 759, Camissonia parvula  

759  Camissonia parvula (Torr. & A. Gray) P. H. Raven. Lewis River Suncup.

Mono Lake basin, Mono County, California. Along Goat Ranch Road, 3.25 miles east northeast of the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 167 (sometimes called Pole Line Road). 38.0647N, 119.1064W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2057 m. With Pinyons (no Junipers), Sagebrush, Bitterbrush, and Ephedra, in the mixed sandy and rocky ground where the foot of the Bodie Hills meets the Mono Dunes.

Coll. No. 759, 18 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual rosette not present; Leaf linear, to 2 cm., margin wavy to lightly dentate; Infloresence nodding; Sepals 3 (3.5) mm., separating at anthesis, not joined at tip; Petals 4, yellow, 4 mm x 2 mm wide; Anthers extend to base of stigma (TJDM & TJM2 keys state anthers surround stigma, but I don't see them that high); Style 2 mm.; Stigma spheric,to 1.5 mm dia.; and Capsule sessile.

Other articles: Goat Ranch Cutoff near Rancheria Gulch
Full Size ImageColl. No. 760, Camissonia caespitosa var. marginata  

760  Oenothera caespitosa Nutt. ssp. marginata (Hook. & Arn.) Munz. Tufted Evening Primrose.

Mono Basin, Mono County, California. Along Goat Ranch Road, 3.25 miles east northeast of the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 167 (sometimes called Pole Line Road). 38.0643N, 119.1065W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2054 m. With Pinyons (no Junipers), Sagebrush, Bitterbrush, and Ephedra, in the mixed sandy and rocky ground where the foot of the Bodie Hills meets the Mono Dunes.

Coll. No. 760, 18 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial, to 10 cm.; Buds erect (not nodding); Petals 4, 25 mm., white, fading to red-purple; Stamens 8; Stigma 4; Fruit 25 mm., stalk-like base absent, slightly s-shaped, weakly ovate (not appearing cylindric); Seed 2 mm., cavity margin entire.

Other articles: Goat Ranch Cutoff near Rancheria Gulch
Full Size ImageColl. No. 761, Cryptantha watsonii  

761  Cryptantha watsonii (A. Gray) Greene. Watson's Cryptantha.

Mono Lake basin, Mono County, California. Along Goat Ranch Road, 3.25 miles east northeast of the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 167 (sometimes called Pole Line Road). 38.0644N, 119.1066W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2061 m. With Pinyons (no Junipers), Sagebrush, Bitterbrush, and Ephedra, in the mixed sandy and rocky ground where the foot of the Bodie Hills meets the Mono Dunes. One of three Cryptanthas collected at this location.

Coll. No. 761, 19 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual 20-40 cm, generally taller than wide; Leaf 12-40 mm, linear; Bracts present; Calyx lobes 3 mm, hairs straight not hooked, lobe tip bristles straight; Corolla limb quite small (1-2 mm); Nutlets 4, approximately equal size, smooth, scar centered, extends to tip.

Other articles: Goat Ranch Cutoff near Rancheria Gulch
Full Size ImageColl. No. 762, Cryptantha micrantha var. micrantha  

762  Cryptantha micrantha (Torr.) I. M. Johnst. var. micrantha Redroot Cryptantha.

Mono Basin, Mono County, California. Along Goat Ranch Road, 3.25 miles east northeast of the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 167 (sometimes called Pole Line Road). 38.0644N, 119.1066W. WGS 1984. With Pinyons (no Junipers), Sagebrush, Bitterbrush, and Ephedra, in the mixed sandy and rocky ground where the foot of the Bodie Hills meets the Mono Dunes. One of three Cryptanthas collected at this location.

Coll. No. 762, 19 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual root red-purple, staining; Calyx not circumscissile; Corolla limb 2-3 mm when dry, appendages minute, persistent.

Other articles: Goat Ranch Cutoff near Rancheria Gulch
Full Size ImageColl. No. 763, Cryptantha circumscissa var. circumscissa  

763  Cryptantha circumscissa (Hook. & Arn.) I. M. Johnst. Var. circumscissa. Cushion Cryptantha.

Mono Basin, Mono County, California. Along Goat Ranch Road, 3.25 miles east northeast of the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 167 (sometimes called Pole Line Road). 38.0644N, 119.1066W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2061 m. With Pinyons (no Junipers), Sagebrush, Bitterbrush, and Ephedra, in the mixed sandy and rocky ground where the foot of the Bodie Hills meets the Mono Dunes. One of three Cryptanthas collected at this location.

Coll. No. 763, 19 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual 2-5 cm, generally wider than tall, root reddish but not staining; LeafBracts present; Calyx circumscissile; Corolla white, limb 2 mm when dry.

Other articles: Goat Ranch Cutoff near Rancheria Gulch
Full Size ImageColl. No. 764.1, Chaenactis douglasii var. douglasii  

764.1  Chaenactis douglasii (Hook.) Hook. & Arn. var. douglasii. Along Goat Ranch Road, 3.25 miles east northeast of the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 167 (sometimes called Pole Line Road). With Pinyons (no Junipers), Sagebrush, Bitterbrush, and Ephedra, in the mixed sandy and rocky ground where the foot of the Bodie Hills meets the Mono Dunes. 6/19/2011 Mono Lake basin, Mono County, California.

Coll. No. 764.1, 20 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual, maybe biennial, not thistle-like, not scapose, proximal hairs cobwebby; Leaves basal and cauline, deeply lobed, margins rolled (i.e., leaf blade not flat); Heads 20+; Receptacle not chaffy; Phyllaries in 2+ series, 7-9 mm x 2 mm wide; Flowers yellow, no ray flowers; Achenes pappus of scales, one series, not awl-shaped.

Other articles: Goat Ranch Cutoff at Hector Stn

Locations: Hector Station.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 764, a Thelypodium milleflorum, near Hector Station.  

764  Thelypodium milleflorum A. Nelson. Many-Flower Thelypody

Hector Station, Mono County, California. On Goat Ranch Road, 5.3 miles by road east north east of the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 167 (Pole Line Road). 38.0829N, 119.0852W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2058 m.

Coll. No. 764, 20 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual terrestrial; Stem solid throughout, glabrous; Leaves basal clasping, petioles not ciliate, mid-cauline 4-6 cm, dentate, petioled 3-4 cm; Pedicels mostly straight, few upcurved; Sepals erect; Petals 7 mm, white, oblanceolate (between linear and spoon-shaped); Stamens 6, equal, exserted; Anthers coiled in maturity; Ovary stalk above receptacle distinct in flower; Fruit spreading.

Distinguished from Streptanthus and Caulanthus because stamens are exserted, and ovary stalk above receptacle distinct in flower.

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Coll. No. 764, Thelypodium milleflorum

Other articles: Goat Ranch Cutoff at Hector Stn Field Notes Coll. No. 839, 20 Jun 2013 Notes July 15th
Full Size ImageColl. No. 765, Distichlis spicata  

765  Distichlis spicata (L.) E. Greene. Saltgrass.

Bridgeport Canyon, Mono County, California. On Goat Ranch Road, 5.3 miles by road east north east of the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 167 (Pole Line Road). 38.0829N, 119.0851W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2057 m. Sterile collection. The dimorphism represents male and female stems.

I spent a lot of time digging this collection out, to determine whether the similar grass culms were part of the same plant. This collection showed that it is so. However, it is a sterile collections, so I discarded it. My collection no. 839, made at Sulphur Pond, has good male and female flowers.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road in Bridgeport Cyn
Full Size ImageColl. No. 766, Linanthus inyoensis
Full Size ImageColl. No. 766, Linanthus inyoensis  

766  Linanthus inyoensis (I. M. Johnst.) J. M. Porter & L. A. Johnson.

Bridgeport Canyon, Mono County, California. Top of small ridge to west of Coyote Springs Road, 0.8 miles north northwest from Goat Ranch Road, 9.8 miles by road northeast from the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 167, by way of Cottonwood Canyon Road. 38.1092N, 119.0653W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2119 m.

In the field determined as Gilia inyoensis and described as follows: two opposite leaves below with a bud in the axils so I don't think these two leaves were cotelydons, alternate leaves above, entire, thichomes glandular, corolla white, stamens barely exserted, pollen yellow.

Coll. No. 766, 20 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual, to 3 cm; Stem thread-like; Leaves basal opposite, cauline alternate; Infloresence in loose racemes; Pedicels 1-2 mm; Calyx 2.5 mm, membranous, rupturing as capsule matures, sparse gland-dotted hairs; Flowers 5 mm, 2 x calyx, (interior of flower glabrous, no pubesence or rings of hairs); Corolla funnel-form, 5 mm, tube and limb roughly equal; Stamens 5, equally inserted; Filament bases hard to see, but nothing hairy visible at base of flower; Pollen yellow.


Full Size ImageAdded this flamingo to my life list at the Mono Lake Picnic.
Full Size ImageSinger-songwriters Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai sing at the Mono Lake Chautauqua picnic.  
Mono Lake Picnic. Singer-songwriters Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai treated the audience to several hours of great music, and I added this flamingo to my life list.
 

Monday, June 20th

 

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 near Copper Mountain

Locations: Copper Mountain.
Full Size ImageCopper Mountain from US Highway 395  

 

Other articles: The Other Cemetery Road out there somewhere Mill Creek Powerhouse Road 60000

Locations: Copper Mountain. Mill Creek Powerhouse.
Full Size ImageMill Creek Powerhouse  

 
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East face of Copper Mountain.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S104 at the fawn
Full Size ImageFawn waiting for its mother.  

Stopped here to look for plants to collect. Found this fawn instead. It didn't move a muscle, except for breathing. Took its photo, and went somewhere else to collect. One of those magic moments that happen now and then.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S104 on the moraine
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Full Size ImageCheryl reads her book while I botanize.  

Cheryl reads her book while I botanize. Photograph taken last day of Spring, June 20, 2011, high on the Horseshoe Canyon Moraine above Grant Lake. Mt. Wood in the background.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S104 on the moraine
Full Size ImageCollection No. 767, Astragalus whitneyi var. whitneyi
Full Size ImageColl. No. 767, Astragalus whitneyi  

767  Astragalus whitneyi A. Gray var. whitneyi. Balloonpod Milkvetch.

Field description notes, upright plant, pink flowers, red mottling visible on very young pods.

Horseshoe Canyon Moraine, Mono County, California. On the ridge of Horseshoe Canyon Moraine overlooking Grant Lake, 1.4 miles south of the Rush Creek Return Ditch Gatehouse on Forest Road 1S104. 37.8427N, 119.098W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2356 m.

Coll. No. 767, 20 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial not densely hairy; Stipules connate into a sheath; Leaf hairs simple, appressed; Leaflets of mid-cauline leaves < 23 (Obs: 11, 13, 17), not spiny; Pedicel 1 mm; Calyx 5 mm, base symmetric, pedicel attached middle; Fruit young glabrous and stipitate (has a stalk), red mottling visible on very young pods.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S104 on the moraine
Full Size ImageCollection No. 768, Astragalus newberryi
Full Size ImageColl. No. 768, Astragalus newberryi var. newberryi  

768  Astragalus newberryi A. Gray var. newberryi. Newberry's Milkvetch.

Horseshoe Canyon Moraine, Mono County, California. On the ridge of Horseshoe Canyon Moraine overlooking Grant Lake, 1.4 miles south of the Rush Creek Return Ditch Gatehouse on Forest Road 1S104. 37.8427N, 119.098W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2356 m.

Coll. No. 768, 22 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial to 5 cm, generally of GB, rather than D, or CA-FP; Caudex base beset with old leaf bases; Pubesence simple, attached at basal end (rather than middle); Leaves bases persistent; Stipules not connate into a sheath; Leaflets 5, 3 mm wide, not spine-tipped, terminal leaflet jounted to mid-rib; Flowers pink-purple; Pods pubescent, obscuring pod surface, trichomes long wavy (maybe varying in length, but unable to distinguish separate short and long hairs).

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Coll. No. 768, Astragalus newberryi var. newberryi

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S104 on the moraine
Full Size ImageColl. No. 769, Erigeron aphanactis var. aphanactis
Full Size ImageColl. No. 769, Erigeron aphanactis var. aphanactis  

769  Erigeron aphanactis (A. Gray) Greene var. aphanactis. Rayless Shaggy Fleabane.

Horseshoe Canyon Moraine, Mono County, California. On the ridge of Horseshoe Canyon Moraine overlooking Grant Lake, 1.4 miles south of the Rush Creek Return Ditch Gatehouse on Forest Road 1S104. 37.8427N, 119.098W. WS 1984. Elev. 2354 m.

Coll. No. 769, 22 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial herb to 10 cm; Stem branched in proximal 1/2; Leaves entire, cauline reduced; Inforesence 1-few-flowered; Phyllaries in 2 series, 5 mm x 1 mm wide, hairy, not enfolding marginal achenes, margins white (scarious), tips green to brown (not black); Flowers rays absent, disk flowers yellow; Achenes with a pappus of 12 bristles.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S104 on the moraine
Full Size ImageColl. No. 770, Lupinus argenteus var. montigenus
Full Size ImageColl. No. 770, Lupinus argenteus var. montigenus  

770  Lupinus argenteus var. montigenus cauline leaves plentiful, calyx spur or bulge > 1 mm, banner back hairy, keel ciliate middle to distal end.

Horseshoe Canyon Moraine, Mono County, California. On the ridge of Horseshoe Canyon Moraine overlooking Grant Lake, 1.4 miles south of the Rush Creek Return Ditch Gatehouse on Forest Road 1S104. 37.8426N, 119.0979W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2357 m.

Coll. No. 770, 22 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial herb; Leaves basal ?, cauline leaves plentiful, petioles 5-8 cm; Leaflets 7 to 3 cm x 1 cm wide, hairs straight appressed, Calyx definitely bulged, but <= 1 mm; Flower to 10 mm; Banner back hairy; Keel strongly ciliate distal end, few cilia proximal end; Style persistent; Pods hairy, 1 cm (but may not be mature).

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S104 75000
Full Size ImageView of Grant Lake to the north.
Full Size ImageView of Grant Lake from the moraine on the south side.  

End of Road, and viewpoint of Grant Lake.
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Upper end of Grant Lake from the moraine.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S104 at 1S31 Inyo Forest Road 1S31 at 1S104
Full Size ImageRoad off the rim of the moraine.  

We came down the steep inner face of the moraine. I could probably go back up this, but would rather not with the camper on the back of the truck.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 01S31B at x-road
Full Size ImageHabitat of Leptosiphon ciliatus near Grant Lake Overlook.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 771, Leptosiphon ciliatus  

771  Leptosiphon ciliatus (Benth.) Jeps. (Syn: Linanthus ciliatus (Benth.) Greene)

Coll. No. 771, 22 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual 6-7 cm; Leaves cauline palmately lobed; Flowers in dense bracted heads; Bracts membrane to 1 mm wide compared to bract width 0.5 mm, white ciliate; Corolla salverform, tume 10-15 mm, long exserted, limb 6 mm, throat yellow, lobes lavender.

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Coll. No. 771, Leptosiphon ciliatus, near Grant Lake Overlook.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 01S31B at x-road
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Full Size ImageColl. No. 772, Erythranthe suksdorfii, near Grant Lake Overlook.  

772  Mimulus suksdorfii A. Gray. Suksdorf's monkeyflower.

Grant Lake Overlook, Mono County, California. On the dry sandy edge of a small meadow below Inyo Forest Road 01S31B, about 400 m northeast of Grant Lake Overlook, 2.9 miles south of the Rush Creek Return Ditch Gatehouse. 37.821N, 119.1024W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2322 m.

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Coll. No. 772, Erythranthe suksdorfii

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S31 75000
Full Size ImageHabitat of Leptosiphon ciliatus northeast of Reversed Peak.
Full Size ImageHabitat of Leptosiphon ciliatus northeast of Reversed Peak.  

773  Leptosiphon ciliatus (Benth.) Jeps. (Syn: Linanthus ciliatus (Benth.) Greene) Whiskerbrush.

Horseshoe Canyon Moraine, Mono County, California. In a forest opening on both sides of Inyo Forest Road 01S31 at the northeast base of Reversed Peak. 37.8132N, 119.0963W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2516 m.

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Coll. No. 773, Leptosiphon ciliatus, on Horseshoe Canyon Moraine.
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Coll. No. 773, Leptosiphon ciliatus, on Horseshoe Canyon Moraine.

Full Size ImageColl. No. 774, Gilia brecciarum ssp. brecciarum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 774, Gilia brecciarum var. brecciarum  
774  Something that we would have called a Gilia, waiting until it comes out of the press to guess what it might be now.

Gilia brecciarum M. E. Jones ssp. brecciarum. Nevada Gilia.

Horseshoe Canyon Moraine, Mono County, California. Between lateral moraines on Inyo Forest Road 01S31, 1.8 miles north of Reversed Peak, and 2.2 miles south of the Rush Creek Return Ditch Gatehouse. 37.8303N, 119.0964W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2367 m.

Coll. No. 774, 23 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual 10-20 cm; Stem scapose (as opposed to leafy); Leaves basal 25 mm x 7 mm wide, deeply pinnately lobed, lobes pointed but not bristly, petiole winged, cobwebby hairs, not glandular, cauline reduced above, 6 mm, alternate, expanded at base, with glandular trichomes and few hairs; Infloresence open; Flowers in heads of 2-3; Calyx lobes equal, membranous between the segments; Corolla long funnelform not quite salverform, 10 mm, 2 x calyx, throat yellow, wider than tube, exserted from calyx, lobes < tube, pink at center to purple at edges; Seeds > 1 / chamber, gelatinous when wet.

Difficult to key, various keys will easily go to Aliciella leptomeria and Allophyllum giliodes, but repeated careful working led to Gilia brecciarum. Makes me think that all the collections of these three taxa in the Mono Lake basin should be reviewed.

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S31 at collecting locality
Full Size ImageReversed Peak anchors the Horseshoe Canyon Moraine
Full Size ImageMono Lake from the Horseshoe Canyon Moraine  

775  Cymopterus terebinthinus (Hook.) Torr. & A. Gray var. californicus (J. M. Coult. & Rose) Jeps.

Horseshoe Canyon Moraine, Mono County, California. Between lateral moraines on Inyo Forest Road 01S31 “Reversed Peak:rdquo; road, 1.5 miles south of the Rush Creek Return Ditch Gatehouse, and 2.6 miles north of Reversed Peak. 37.8412N, 119.0923W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2314 m.

Coll. No. 775, 23 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial herb Leaves with sheathing bases, 4 pinnate compund; Infloresence umbellate; Bracts 0 Bractlets present, glabrous; Fruit not sufficiently developed to key.

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Collection No. 775, Apiaceae Cymopterus terebinthinus
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Coll. No. 775, Cymopterus terebinthinus var. californicus

Full Size ImageColl. No. 776, Viola purpurea var. aurea  
776  Viola purpurea Kellogg ssp. aurea (Kellogg) J.C. Clausen. Goosefoot Viola.

Horseshoe Canyon Moraine, Mono County, California. Between lateral moraines on Inyo Forest Road 01S31, 1.5 miles south of the Rush Creek Return Ditch Gatehouse, and 2.6 miles north of Reversed Peak. 37.8413N, 119.0924W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2307 m.

Coll. No. 776, 23 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying; Perennial to 8 cm; Leaves entire and slightly toothed, basal, cauline, borne on short stems, glabrous adaxially, tomentose abaxially; Flowers yellow.

Keys give option of tomentose or not, irrespective of which side of the leaf, and the few photos of V. aurea show tomentum on both sides of leaf.

Perhaps the common name results from the shape of leaves resembling some leaves in Chenopodium.

 

Tuesday, June 21st

Today we did some plant hunting with Cathy Rose.

Other articles: Forest Road 3S47 at Owens R Field Notes Coll. No. 617, 27 Jun 2010.
Full Size ImageGoodmania luteola (Parry) Reveal & Ertter  

617  Stopped to see the Yellow Spinecape near Benton Crossing.

Other articles: Forest Road 03S47A near the gate
Full Size ImageView south-southwest across Long Valley
Full Size ImageView west across the resurgent dome.  

View across Long Valley.

Other articles: Forest Road 02S164 14000
Full Size ImageLocality of Leucodrinum montanum
Full Size ImageView upstream at Leucodrinum montanum locality.  

Leucocrinum montanum locality.
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View downstream at Leucodrinum montanum locality.
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Leucocrinum montanum in Long Valley.

Other articles: Deer Spring Road at locality
Full Size ImageLocality of Eatonella nivea  

Locality of Eatonella nivea at Poles 205-7853E and 205-7854E.
 

Wednesday, June 22nd

 

Other articles: The Other Cemetery Road a little further on
Full Size ImageCollection No. 777, Calochortus bruneaunis
Full Size ImageCollection No. 777, Calochortus bruneaunis  

777  Calochortus bruneaunis A. Nelson & J. F. Macbr. Bruneau Mariposa Lily.

Jordan, Mono County, California. Alluvial fans at base of Copper Mountain, 0.5 mile north of Jordan, 0.7 mile west of the intersection of US Highway 395 and Mill Creek Powerhouse Road. 38.0481N, 119.1765W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2132 m.

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Coll. No. 777, Calochortus bruneaunis
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Coll. No. 777, Calochortus bruneaunis

Other articles: The Other Cemetery Road a little further on
Full Size ImageCollection No. 778, Penstemon speciosus  

778  Penstemon speciosus Royal Penstemon.

Jordan, Mono County, California. Alluvial fans at base of Copper Mountain, 0.5 mile north of Jordan, 0.7 mile west of the intersection of US Highway 395 and Mill Creek Powerhouse Road. 38.0481N, 119.1765W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2139 m.

Other articles: The Other Cemetery Road Cemetery
Full Size ImageCemetery near Copper Mountain.  

Cemetery

Other articles: Unnamed Road to Mine at Mine

Locations: Copper Mountain.
Full Size ImageView from east face of Copper Mountain.  

Mine

Other articles: Unnamed Road to Mine at Mine
Full Size ImageCollection No. 779, Cryptantha confertiflora  

779  Cryptantha confertiflora (Greene) Payson. Basin Yellow Cryptantha. (Syn: Oreocarya confertifolia Greene, per Taylor (2010))

Copper Mountain, Mono County, California. At the mine tunnel in a canyon of Copper Mountain, 1.1 miles west of the intersection of US Highway 395 and Mill Creek Powerhouse Road. 38.0505N, 119.1845W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2298 m.


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780  Phacelia heterophylla Pursh subsp. virgata (Greene) Heckard. Varileaf Phacelia.

Copper Mountain, Mono County, California. Above the mine tunnel in a canyon of Copper Mountain, 1.1 miles west of the intersection of US Highway 395 and Mill Creek Powerhouse Road. 38.0505N, 119.1845W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2299 m.


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781  Ceanothus velutinus Dougl. ssp. velutinus. Snowbush Ceanothus.

Copper Mountain, Mono County, California. In a limestone canyon of Copper Mountain, just below the mine tunnel, 1.1 miles west of the intersection of US Highway 395 and Mill Creek Powerhouse Road. 38.0505N, 119.1836W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2278 m.

Coll. No. 781, 24 Jan 2012, characters observed while keying: Perennial shrub; Twigs not thorn-like; Leaves alternate, ovate, 6-7 cm, 3-ribbed from base, leathery, sticky glabrous adaxially, puberulent abaxially, margin serrate, teeth gland-tipped; Stipules scale-like; Petioles 10-17 mm; Flowers conspicuous, white; Petals 5.

Other articles: Unnamed Road to Mine below mine
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Full Size ImageColl. No. 782, Balsamorhiza sagittata  

782  Balsamorhiza sagittata (Pursh) Nutt.

Copper Mountain, Mono County, California. In a limestone canyon of Copper Mountain, just below the mine tunnel, 1.1 miles west of the intersection of US Highway 395 and Mill Creek Powerhouse Road. 38.0505N, 119.1836W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2281 m.

Other articles: Unnamed Road to Mine at mill site

Locations: Copper Mountain.
Full Size ImageMill site on east face of Copper Mountain.  

Mill Site

Other articles: Unnamed Road to Mine below mill site Notes Things to Check
Full Size ImageColl. No. 783, Astragalus whitneyi var. whitneyi
Full Size ImageColl. No. 783, Astragalus whitneyi var. whitneyi  

783  Astragalus cf. whitneyi. Not mature enough to reliably determine. Will have to go back another time and look for fruit.

Astragalus whitneyi A. Gray var. whitneyi. Balloonpod Milkvetch.

Copper Mountain, Mono County, California. On the access road to the canyon with the mill and mine dump, in the center and wet margin of the road, with water was running down one of the tire tracks; 0.85 mile west northwest of the intersection of US Highway 395 and Mill Creek Powerhouse Road. 38.053N, 119.1786W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2163 m.

Coll. No. 783, 22 June 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial herb, of Great Basin, to 30 cm., not obviously gland-dotted, sparse hairs of one kind; Leaf, 1-pinnate, leaflets 11-17, largest 18 mm. × 3 mm. wide, leaf main axis extending as a leaflet, terminal leaflet jointed to midrib, hairs simple, tip without gland; Stipules, free, not spiny, lower stipule sheaths fused around stem; Inflorescence, calyx and corolla conspicuous, flowers many (±12) in a head-like raceme; Calyx, base asymmetric but not strongly so, upper side not pouched; Sepals, fused 5 mm. + free 2 mm. = 7 mm.; Flowers, bilateral; Corolla, 13 mm., white to pink, banner 10 mm., wings ±=keel, keel lip rounded; Style tip and stigma glabrous; Fruit, not available.

Other articles: Conway Ranch Road at Rattlesnake Gulch
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Saw this sandpiper and two chicks in the streambed of Rattlesnake Gulch.
 

June 23, 2011

 
 

Other articles: California Highway 120 above Lee Vining Cyn

Locations: Lee Vining Canyon.
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Other articles: California Highway 120 at Tioga Pass
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Snow around the recently opened Tioga Pass entrance station.

Other articles: California Highway 120 at Tuolumne Meadows

Locations: Tuolumne Meadows.
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High water in Tuolumne Meadow.

Other articles: California Highway 120 near Tenaya Lake

Locations: Tenaya Lake.
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Stopped at the usual picnic spot on the south side of Tenaya Lake. A little watery and icy.

Locations: Morro Bay.
Full Size ImageSea otters at Morro Bay.
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Locations: San Juan Bautista.
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Other articles: U. S. Highway 50 near Connors Pass
Full Size ImageA heavy load comin' down the road.  

Mine dump truck bed being shipped on US Hwy 50.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 50 at turnoff
Full Size ImageRoad sign for U-Dig Fossils  

U-DIG Fossils
P.O. Box 1113 - Delta Utah 84624 - (435) 864-3638
U-DIG Fossils is a Fossil trilobite quarry
located 20 miles North of here.
Directional signs are placed along the way.
A variety of fossil trilobites are the most common fossils found.
U-DIG Fossils is open Monday-Saturday from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.
The Quarry is clised on Sundays.
Customers must arrive at the quarry by 4 P.M.
The quarry will close at 4 P.M.
when no customers are at the quarry.
Also, bad weather will close the quarry.

Customers are given a hammer, bucket, and some assistance
to collect their fossil trilobites.

Prices for digging
$28.00 per 2 hours for adults (Minimum)
$16.00 per 2 hours for youth (ages 7-16)
Children 6 and under no charge with a paying Adult.
Prices are lower for those who want to stay a half or full day
Yes, it is worth your trip. Most people do very well.
Usually 2 hours will get you plenty of trilobites.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 50 south of Scipio
Full Size ImageRainbow just south of Scipio  

Rainbow just south of Scipio.

Full Size ImageMorrison Natural History Museum  
Morrison Natural History Museum

Other articles: Interstate 70 near Lebanon Silver Mine
Full Size ImageGeorgetown Loop locomotive at Lebanon Silver Mine  

Lebanon Silver Mine Tour

Other articles: Guanella Pass Road Burning Bear Campground

Locations: Burning Bear Campground.
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Camping at Burning Bear Campground

Other articles: Guanella Pass Road Guanella Pass

Locations: Guanella Pass.
Full Size ImageThe Whole Crew at Guanella Pass  

 
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Group photo on Guanella Pass
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Hiking Trail to the South
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Swertia perennis at Guanella Pass

Other articles: US Highway 285 at Coney Island
Full Size ImageConey Island
Full Size ImageConey Island  

 

Other articles: Geneva Creek Road 12000

Locations: West Geneva Iron Deposit Mine.
Full Size ImageField trip briefing for Josephine Creek iron fens  

 
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Josephine Creek Iron Fen
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Upper edge of Josephine Creek iron fen.
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View upstream in center of Josephine Creek fen.

Other articles: Geneva Creek Road at lower fen

Locations: West Geneva Iron Deposit Mine.
Full Size ImageA lower fen.  

At lower fen on Geneva Creek.

Other articles: Geneva Creek Road at lower fen

Locations: West Geneva Iron Deposit Mine.
Full Size ImageAnother lower fen.  

Another lower fen on Geneva Creek.

Other articles: Geneva Creek Road 16000
Full Size ImageAvalanche Chute
Full Size ImageOpposite side of creek from avalanche chute.  

 

Other articles: WY Highway 135 at vista point

Locations: Wind River Basin.
Full Size ImageView of Wind River Basin from southeast rim.  

Wind River Basin vista point on Wyoming Highway 135.
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View of Absaroka Range across the Wind River Basin
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Prayer Flags (?) at the Wind River Basin view point.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 20 at Park St in Thermopolis

Locations: Thermopolis.
Full Size ImageBig Horn River in Thermopolis  

Thermopolis, Wyoming
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Hot springs terrace beside the Big Horn River
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BNSF depot in Thermopolis

Full Size ImageSquash Blossom Necklace  
Squash Blossom Necklace in the William Cody Museum, Cody, Wyoming.

Other articles: East Entrance Road at Sedge Ck

Locations: Sedge Creek.
Full Size ImageSedge Creek beside Yellowstone Lake.  

Sedge Creek beside Yellowstone Lake.

Other articles: Grand Loop at Mud Volcano

Locations: Mud Volcano.
Full Size ImageOrientation sign at Mud Volcano.  

Mud Volcano
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Churning Cauldron at Mud Volcano
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Buffalo rest at Mud Volcano
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Dragon's Mouth Spring

Other articles: Grand Loop at Sulphur Caldron

Locations: Sulphur Caldron.
Full Size ImageInterpretive sign at Sulphur Caldron  

Sulphur Caldron
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Sulphur Caldron

Other articles: Artist Point Drive Artist Point

Locations: Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River.
Full Size ImageLower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point  

Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point.

Other articles: Artist Point Drive 70000

Locations: Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River.
Full Size ImageUpper Falls of the Yellowstone River  

Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River.

Other articles: Norris Geyser Basin Access Road Norris Geyser Basin

Locations: Norris Geyser Basin.
Full Size ImageView of Norris Geyser Basin  

Norris Geyser Basin
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Two colors of bacteria in thermal waters
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Emerald Pool in the Norris Geyser Basin

Other articles: Grand Loop at Gibbon Falls

Locations: Gibbon Falls.
Full Size ImageGibbon Falls  

Gibbon Falls

Other articles: Grand Loop at Artist Paintpot

Locations: Artist Paintpot.
Full Size ImageOverview of Artist Paintpot  

Artist Paintpot

Other articles: Grand Loop near Roaring Mtn

Locations: Roaring Mountain.
Full Size ImageRoaring Mountain  

Roaring Mountain

Other articles: Grand Loop at Mammoth Hot Sprs

Locations: Mammoth Hot Springs.
Full Size ImageMammoth Hot Springs Terraces  

Mammoth Hot Springs
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Terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs
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Town of Mammoth, with Montana in the background.

Other articles: Grand Loop at Apollonaris Spring

Locations: Apollinaris Spring. Willow Park.
Full Size ImageField of Gentians at Apollinaris Spring  

Lunch at Apollinaris Spring picnic area.
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Gentian at Apollinaris Spring
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View south of Willow Park.
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View north of Willow Park

Other articles: Grand Loop at Fountain Paint Pot

Locations: Fountain Paint Pot.
Full Size ImageI wonder which pool this was?  

Fountain Paint Pot and vicinity.
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Another one? Pretty sure it was at Artist Paint Pots
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Pretty sure this one was Fountain Geyser

Other articles: West Entrance Road near Madison Jct
Full Size ImageMadison River near Madison Junction.  

Wading in the Madison River.

Other articles: Grand Loop at Midway Geyser Basin

Locations: Grand Prismatic Spring.
Full Size ImageGround level view of Grand Prismatic Spring  

At Midway Geyser Basin. If I had this to do again, I would go south to the Fairy Falls Trailhead to a trail that would let me get up on the hill west of Grand Prismatic Spring.
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Interpretive Sign for Grand Prismatic Spring

Other articles: Grand Loop at Old Faithful

Locations: Old Faithful Geyser.
Full Size ImageMy photo of Old Faithful  

Our view of Old Faithful Geyser.
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Waiting for the pot to boil over.
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Cheryl's photo of Old Faithful

Other articles: South Entrance Road at continental divide
Full Size ImageContinental Divide on the South Entrance Road.  

Leaving via the South Entrance Road.

Other articles: U. S. Hwy 89 27600

Locations: Willow Flats.
Full Size ImageWillow Flats with Teton Range in distance  

Willow Flats

Other articles: US Highway 287 at Oxbow Bend U. S. Hwy 89 at Oxbow Bend

Locations: Oxbow Bend.
Full Size ImageThe view from Oxbow Bend Turnout  

Oxbow Bend.

Other articles: Signal Mountain Road at top of mtn

Locations: Signal Mountain.
Full Size ImageView east from Signal Mountain  

The view from Signal Mountain.

Locations: Teton Range.
Full Size ImageTeton Range from Mormon Row  

Mormon Row

Other articles: U. S. Hwy 89 Afton

Locations: Afton.
Full Size ImageAfton, Wyoming  

Afton, Wyoming

Other articles: U. S. Hwy 89 at Salt R Pass

Locations: Salt River Pass.
Full Size ImageSalt River Pass on US Highway 89  

Salt River Pass

Literature Cited:
- Cannon, H. L., Sara Trimby, T. F. Harms, and E. L. Mosier, 1986.
- Crawford, J. J., 1894.

Locations: Copper Mountain.  

Excerpt from: Crawford, J. J., 1894, Twelfth Report of the State Mineralogist. California State Mining Bureau.

Goleta Mine (Quartz).It is on the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 6 miles N.E. of Lundy. It is one of a series of mines on an immense ore deposit running N. and S. This has not yet been opened sufficiently to show its pitch; the eastern wall is limestone, the western a porphyry-like rock. On the eastern side of this deposit is a vein of copper ore (malachite), 6 to 20 ft. in width, and averaging 8 per cent of metallic copper. The copper carbonate impregnates an exceedingly crushed and decomposed rock. On the west is the gold and silver vein. This is much decomposed on the surface and in most of the workings, the quartz being honeycombed and in places almost replaced by the decomposed rock-mass and iron oxides. The quartz is evidently a replacement of the rock along the mineralized zone. The deposit is opened by two tunnels. The lower one is 1,190 ft. long and has not yet cut the ore body. The upper tunnel is 359 ft. above, and has a length of 360 ft. The copper vein has been drifted on N. 156 ft. and S. 182 ft. The upper tunnel runs through the quartz vein 67 ft. without striking the western wall. A drift has been run N. 40 ft. and S. 30 ft. From the south drift a winze has been sunk 56 ft. There are two cross-cuts on the vein from the north drift, 23 and 47 ft., without reaching the western wall. From the south drift two other cross-cuts have been run, respectively 38 and 49 ft. long. In places the decomposed ore is replaced by hard quartz, carrying iron sulphurets. The value of the ore is about equally distributed between gold and silver. On the same mine to the south and 400 ft. above, a shaft has been sunk 65 ft. on the vein. At this point the vein is 24 ft. wide. This is perhaps the largest ore deposit in the county, being traceable for over 7,000 ft. See our VIIIth Report, pp. 364 to 365. Goleta Mining Company, 330 Pine Street, San Francisco, owners.

Montecito Mine (Quartz).It lies 6 miles N.E. of Lundy, and joins the Goleta on the south. On this claim two tunnels have been run, 33 and 80 ft. long, respectively, cross-cutting the vein, but without reaching the western wall. A shaft has been sunk 40 ft. The character of the ore is the same as the Goleta. 1). E. Jones, of Lundy, Superintendent.

Native Wonder and Mono Queen Claims (Quartz). These properties were discovered the past year and have been only slightly developed. The Native Wonder is situated on the north side of a steep canon, west of Mono Lake, while the Mono Queen is opposite, on the south side of the cation. The Native Wonder runs nearly E. and W., and has been opened by a short drift showing a vein 18 in. in thickness. The Mono Queen is a blanket vein, and has been opened by a tunnel 70 ft. long. The ore is honeycombed, and is said to be high grade. E. C. Mattly, of Mono Lake, owner.

Spartan Mine (Quartz).This mine lies S. of that part of the Sterling Company's mine which was formerly known as the Detroit Copper Mine. Two tunnels have been run to cross-cut the vein. The upper is 120 ft. long, of which 90 ft. is in mineralized vein matter. The other tunnel, 180 ft. below, has at present a length of 245 ft., and is being run through limestone. The vein matter is partly a mineralized limestone and partly a porphyry. M. R. Burns, of Lundy, owner.

Sterling (Detroit Copper). Mine (Quartz).The property of the Sterling Company lies about 6 miles N.E. of Lundy. One claim lies north of the Goleta, and on the same ore body, and the other south of the Montecito. The claim on the north has been opened by a shaft 115 ft. deep. That on the south was formerly known as the Detroit Copper Mine, and was described in our VIIIth Report, pp. 364 to 365. In past years a large amount of work was done on this mine in an attempt to extract copper from an E. and W. vein. Sterling Mining Company, No.330 Pine Street, San Francisco, owners; D. E. Jones, of Lundy, Superintendent.

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Excerpt from the 12th Report of the State Mineralogist
 

Thursday, 8 September 2011

 

Other articles: Old Mammoth Road Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve

Locations: Valentine Reserve Ecological Study Area.
Full Size ImageEntrance of Valentine Reserve.  

At Valentine Reserve, locked up pretty tight.

Other articles: Old Mammoth Road Mill City Trailhead

Locations: Mill City.
Full Size ImageThe largest thing remaining at Mill City.  

After a short hike, what was left at Mill City.
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Grave near Mill City.
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Mill City trailhead.

Other articles: Old Mammoth Road Mammoth City
Full Size ImagePlaque for Mammoth City
Full Size ImageMammoth City  

Mammoth City

Mammoth City
On this site, opposite colorful Mineral Hill (now known as Red Mountain) where the Mammoth Mines are located, stood the town of Mammoth City. In this gulch during 1878-79 sprouted a mining camp of perhaps a thousand people. Mammoth City -- the center for the nearby, smaller camps of Pine City, Mill City, and Mineral Park -- is said to have has 22 saloons, 13 stores, 2 breweries, 2 livery stables, 5 restaurants, and 2 newspapers. Remember that a ten foot square tent or shack plus a barrel of whiskey were all that was needed to make a "saloon." The Mammoth Mining Company shut down permanently during the severe winter of 1878-80 causing a mass exodus of residents. A daily news report stated "twenty pairs of showshoes, each with a man on top, left this morning."
Plaque Dedicated September 8, 1984
Bodie Chapter No. 64
E Clampus Vitus

Full Size ImagePlaque for Mammoth Consolidated Mines
Full Size ImageCabin at Mammoth Consolidated Mine
Full Size ImageCompressor at Mammoth Consolidated Mine  
Mammoth Consolidated Mines.

The Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine
Mammoth's famous gold mining boom began in 1877 and ended abruptly in 1881 when the Mammoth Mining Company's property was sold at a sheriff's sale. Miners have continued to prospect and mine Red Mountain on a small scale to this day. In 1927 the Mammoth Consolidated Mining Company began the last significant mining operations here. The Great Depression and bank failure contributed to its closing in 1933.
Arch Mahan, the principal partner in this venture, then changed careers from mining to recreation when he purchased the resort and pack station at Reds Meadow. He was prominent in the local tourist industry for the rest of his life. His career followed the trend that began in the early 1900's as Mammoth's scenic resources replaced mining as its major attraction and recreation became the base of the economy.
Plaque Dedicated July 1989
Bodie Chapter No. 64
E Clampus Vitus
U. S. Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
Mammoth Ranger District
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Adit at the Mammoth Consolidated Mines

Other articles: Lake Mary Road at Panorama Dome trailhead

Locations: Panorama Dome.
Full Size ImageView of Town of Mammoth Lakes from Panorama Dome  

View of Mammoth Lakes and Long Valley from Panorama Dome.

Other articles: Old Mammoth Road 43000

Locations: Mammoth Rock. Panorama Dome.
Full Size ImageMammoth Rock from Panorama Dome.  

Mammoth Rock from Panorama Dome.
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Orobanche fasciculata on top of Panorama Dome

Other articles: Inyo Craters Road 50000

Locations: Inyo Crater Lakes.
Full Size ImageInyo Crater Lake  

Inyo Crater Lakes
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Inyo Crater Lake
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Interpretive sign for Inyo Crater Lakes

Other articles: Forest Road 3S22 66000
Full Size ImageGeothermal Well near Mammoth Lakes.  

Geothermal Well

Sign says: Well No. 44 16, Lease ?A-740, Operator: Mammoth Pacific, (760) 934-4893

5190047, 44-16, Magma 44 -16, Magma Power Company, Inyo Dome Fed Un, 37.6864, -119.0034, Elev: 2450, Drilled: 1799, Logged: 1451, 1, Date Logged: 27JUN05, Logged by Colin Williams & Frederick Grubb using USGS logging truck

Unocals deep well IDFU 44-16 penetrated the caldera fill, Tertiary volcanic rocks and metamorphic rocks to a depth of 2000m near the Inyo Craters (Figure 6). The well encountered temperatures of 218oC at 1100m, the highest yet measured in Long Valley, but proved unproductive because of a limited thickness of reservoir rocks and the incursion of cold water beneath the production zone (Suemnicht, G. A., 1987, "Results of Deep Drilling in the Western Moat of Long Valley, CA," EOS, Vol. 68, No. 40, pp. 785-998.). Quoted in: Gene A. Suemnicht [EGS Inc., Santa Rosa, CA 95403], LONG VALLEY CALDERA GEOTHERMAL AND MAGMATIC SYSTEMS, [Long Valley Caldera, Field Trip, May 27, 2011], California Geothermal Energy Collaborative, Long Valley, California

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 at Smokey Bear Flat

Locations: Smokey Bear Flat.
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Smokey Bear Flat.
 

Friday, September 9, 2011

 

Other articles: California Highway 158 at Silver Lake

Locations: Silver Lake.
Full Size ImageBillions Trillions! To conduct wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya, but no dollars to keep the poopers open in Silver Lake.  

Billions Trillions! To conduct wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya, but no dollars to keep the poopers open in Silver Lake.

Other articles: California Highway 158 along Silver Lk
Full Size ImageColl. No. 784, Sisyrinchium idahoense var. occidentale
Full Size ImageColl. No. 784, Sisyrinchium idahoense var. occidentale  

784  Sisyrinchium idahoense var. occidentale (Bicknell) Hend. Idaho Blue-Eyed Grass.

Silver Lake, Mono County, California. Grassy meadow just upstream of Silver Lake. 37.7707N, 119.1246W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2204 m.

Coll. No. 784, 3 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Rhizome compact; Stem unbranched, narrow (1 mm); Bracts Inner 12-14 mm, translucent margins ended at tip, Outer 16-19 mm; Perianth blue, outer parts 10-14 mm.

Other articles: Gull Lake Car Top Boat Launch near Gull Lk
Full Size ImageColl. No. 785, Gentianopsis holopetala
Full Size ImageColl. No. 785, Gentianopsis holopetala  

785  Gentianopsis holopetala (A. Gray) H. H. Iltis. Sierra Fringed Gentian.

Gull Lake, Mono County, California. Marshy area west side of Gull Lake, about 50 m west of the Gull Meadows Parking Lot. 37.7745N, 119.0876W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2327 m.

Coll. No. 784, 3 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Rhizome compact; Stem unbranched, narrow (1 mm); Bracts Inner 12-14 mm, translucent margins ended at tip, Outer 16-19 mm; Perianth blue, outer parts 10-14 mm.

Other articles: Gull Lake Car Top Boat Launch near Gull Lk
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786  Mimulus primuloides

Erythranthe primuloides (Benth.) G.L. Nesom & N.S. Fraga. Primrose Monkey Flower.

Gull Lake, Mono County, California. Marshy area west side of Gull Lake, about 50 m west of the Gull Meadows Parking Lot. 37.7745N, 119.0876W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2327 m.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 at 3S04

Locations: Smokey Bear Flat.
Full Size ImageWoody-Fruited Evening Primrose (Oenothera xylocarpa) in Smokey Bear Flat  

Oenothera xylocarpa blooming early on a Septermber morning.

Other articles: Nevada Street near Silver Mdws Silver Meadows Lane at spur Mono Lake Basin Flora near Silver Mdws
Full Size ImageWaterfall on Rush Creek above Silver Meadows
Full Size ImagePond near Silver Lake  

Botanizing around Silver Meadows. "Silver Meadows" seems to be an local name for this meadow.
 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

 

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 near Jordan Spr

Locations: Jordan Spring.
Full Size ImageView of Jordan Spring  

View of Jordan Spring

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 787, Penstemon rydbergii var. oreocharis
Full Size ImageColl. No. 787, Penstemon rydbergii var. oreocharis  

787  Penstemon rydbergii var. oreocharis. (Greene) N. H. Holmgren. Rydberg's Penstemon.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Collected near the water trough in the lower part of Jordan Spring. Fairly common in other nearby areas. 38.0559N, 119.2095W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2716 m.

Coll. No. 787, 15 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial herb, to 6 dm; Leaves opposite, lower elliptic, entire, obtuse, to 8 cm, petiole to 3 cm, glabrous, proximal caluine leaves well developed; Infloresence axis glabrous; Pedicels glabrous (i.e., not glandular); Calyx 4 mm; Corolla blue, 9-12 mm; Stamens 2 unequal pairs, 7 and 9 mm; Anthers glabrous, dehiscing full length; Staminode glabrous, one observed with three large hairs or small protuberences on margin.

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr
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788  Mimulus guttatus DC. Seep Monkeyflower.

Erythranthe guttata (Fisch. ex DC.) G.L. Nesom. Seep Monkeyflower.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. At the watering trough in the lower part of the spring. 38.0559N, 119.2093W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2731 m.

Coll. No. 788, 15 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Herb terrestrial, in wet places, to 5 dm tall. Leaves cauline, opposite, to 40 mm, round, not lobed or dissected, toothed to 2 mm, fused at base around stem; Infloresence 15-20 fls; Pedicel (5-13 mm) > calyx (9-15 mm); Calyx not spurred at base, angled in cross-section, cleft < 1/2 length (?), asymmetrically inflated in fruit; Corolla tubular (not rotate), yellow, not red-spotted, 25 mm, deciduous, upper lobes not united, lower lobes not pouched upwards, reflexed downward; Stamens fertile 4, unequal length, staminode absent; Stigma maybe weakly 2-lobed (not capitate); Fruit 6 mm.

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr
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789  Toxicoscordion venenosum (S. Watson) Rydb. var. venenosum. (Syn: Zigadenus venenosus S. Watson var. venenosus) Meadow Death Camas.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. In the drying north edge of the wet area, mid way between top and bottom of spring. 38.0559N, 119.2094W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2731 m. Dried material.

In the drying north edge of the wet area, mid-way between top and bottom of spring.

Coll. No. 789, 14 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Leaves linear; Infloresence fruit branches 45 from main axis; Fruit 2 cm; Seeds 9 mm, not winged (eliminates Veratrum), brown (eliminates Camassia).

  Calochortus -- not collected.

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr
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Full Size ImageColl. No. 791, Navarretia breweri  

791  Navarretia breweri (A. Gray) Greene. Brewer's Navarretia.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 38.0559N, 119.2094W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2731 m. Dry areas in sagebrush around the spring.

Coll. No. 791, 15 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Annual, to 12 cm, prickly when dry; Stem branched, ascending, minutely puberulent glandular; Leaves pinnately lobed, needle-like, lobed to near base; Infloresence many flowers in heads, minutely glandular (not hairy like Eriastrum); Corolla yellow, narrow tube, 5 mm.

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr  

792  Mimulus primuloides

Erythranthe primuloides (Benth.) G.L. Nesom & N.S. Fraga. Primrose Monkey Flower.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 38.0562N, 119.21W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2742 m.

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 792.1  

792.1  In the collection of Mimulus primuloides was this thing. By the seed pods, I think I would start looking in Onagraceae.

Undetermined. Unknown Evening Primrose.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 38.0562N, 119.21W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2742 m.

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 792.2  

In the collection of Mimulus primuloides was this thing.

Undet.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 38.0562N, 119.21W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2742 m.

Flowers have 5 sepals and 5 petals, but 10 stamens, and some sort of inner bract or bract appendage that makes the free stamens appear to be exterior to the petal. I would guess Caryophyllaceae.

Literature Cited:
- Howell, John Thomas, 1943.

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr Field Notes Coll. No. 1192, 26 Jun 2015 Notes Phacelia humilis humilis UC 1980457
Full Size ImageColl. No. 793, Phacelia humilis var. humilis  

793  Phacelia humilis Torr. & A. Gray var. humilis. Low Phacelia.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 38.0562N, 119.21W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2743 m. In the edges of sagebrush about mid-level of the spring.

Coll. No. 793, 15 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Annual or Perennial herb, to 15 cm; Stem pubescent with sparse long hairs, not particularly glandular; Leaves simple; Infloresence scorpoid, elingate, 4 cm.; Calyx 5-merous, hairy (not ciliate), to 5(6) mm in fruit; Corollas blue, 6 mm wide, deciduous; Stamens 5-6 mm, exserted; Filaments glabrous at base, subtended by bristles.

Identified as var. dudleyi when collected but changed to var. humilis on the short length of the calyx and stamens.

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Coll. No. 793, Phacelia humilis var. humilis

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr Field Notes Col. #707  

794  Drymocallis glandulosa var. glandulosa ?

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 38.0562N, 119.2109W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2748 m. Generally finished flowering on the date collected.

12/29/2011, Coll. No. 794, characters observed while keying: Perennial, without stolons; Flowers opening widely; Sepals = petals; Petals yellow, 4.5-6.0 mm wide; Style attached below middle of achene, widest in middle, not warty; and Achenes glabrous.

This keys to Drymocallis glandulosa var. glandulosa which has not been previously collected in the Mono Lake basin. I note that Taylor (2010) notes his collection of Potentilla glandulosa subsp. reflexa (JEPS96966) at Witcher Meadow, which Ertter has annotated as Drymocallis. I determined my collection 707 made at Pilot Spring as Drymocallis glandulosa var. reflexa. However, that collection had much narrower petals.

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 795, Montia chamissoi  

795  Montia chammisoi (Spreng.) Greene. Toad Lily.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 38.0562N, 119.2108W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2748 m.

Other articles: Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 at Jordan Spr

Locations: Jordan Spring.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 796, Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata  

796  Potentilla gracilis Hook. var. fastigiata (Nutt.) S. Watson Slender Cinquefoil.

Jordan Spring, Mono County, California. Northwestern Mono Basin, Copper Mountain area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 38.0563N, 119.2108W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2748 m. Collected late season, but still with unopened buds; heavily infested with aphids.

30 Dec 2011, Coll. No. 796, characters observed while keying: Perennial herb, to 3 dm; Stolons 0; Stem ascending, lightly hairy, hairs similar length; Leaves palmately compound, basal leaves prominent in flowering; Leaflets regular toothed, teeth 11-15, 1/2 toward vein, surfaces similarly hairy; Pedicels 18 mm, straight; Flowers 7-10, in cymes; Sepals 5, < petals; Petals 5, 6 mm wide, slightly 2-lobed; Receptacle in fruit not strawberry-like; Stamens many (> 10); Style jointed to fruit, 2 mm, slender; and Achenes smooth, glabrous, not fleshy coated.

Other articles: Unnamed Road to Mine n. of mill site
Full Size ImageColl. No. 797, Galium multiflorum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 797, Galium multiflorum  

797  Galium multiflorum Kellogg. Many-Flower Bedstraw.

Copper Mountain, Mono County, California. In a narrow limestone canyon on the east face of Copper Mountain, 8.6 miles by road north of Lee Vining, California. 38.0518N, 119.1816W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2251 m.

Coll. No. 797, 10 Sep 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial, to 25 cm., woody at base; Stem glabrous; Leaves, whorls of 4 in unequal pairs, larger 7 mm. × 4.5 mm. wide, smaller 5.5 mm. × 2.5 mm. wide, containing elongate light-colored cells, tip acuminate; Corolla, lobes 4; Fruit, 8 mm. wide, including hairs, hairs straight.

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Coll. No. 797, Galium multiflorum
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Coll. No. 797, Galium multiflorum

Other articles: Unnamed Road to Mine n. of mill site
Full Size ImageColl. No. 798, Eriogonum microthecum var. laxiflorum  

798  Eriogonum microthecum var. laxiflorum

Copper Mountain, Mono County, California. In a narrow limestone canyon on the east face of Copper Mountain. 38.052N, 119.1832W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2267 m

Coll. No, 798, 30 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial erect shrub with woody branches; Leaves not fasciculate, slightly revolute; Infloresence of solitary involucres, branches equal in size; Perianth base not expanded into a small stipe and jointed with pedicel; Flowers white to pink.

 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

 

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 747, 15 Jun 2011
Full Size ImageColl. No. 799, Erythranthe suksdorfii  

799  Dried material, Mimulus suksdorfii, to be combined with Coll. No. 747.

Erythranthe suksdorfii (A. Gray) N.S. Fraga. Suksdorf's monkeyflower.

Pumice Valley, Mono County, California. Pumice flats near the north end of Mono Craters, just south of California Highway 120 on Inyo Forest Road 1N11, 3 miles northeast of US Highway 395. 37.9119N, 119.0457W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2097 m. Dried material. Combined with collection no. 747.

Other articles: California Highway 120 near Panum Crater
Full Size ImageHabitat of Nicotiana attenuata along side CA Highway 120
Full Size ImageHabitat of Nicotiana attenuata along side CA Highway 120.  

800  Nicotiana attenuataTorr. Coyote Tobacco.

Mono Craters, Mono County, California. North end of Mono Craters, south side of CA Highway 120 about 3.2 miles east of US Highway 395 in an area that burned in 2010. 37.9151N, 119.0452W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2072 m. Calyx with dark green stripes as in N. acuminata, but other differential characters as in N. attenuata.

Coll. No, 800, 30 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Annual herb, not particularly sticky; Leaves cauline, short-petioled; Calyx 7-8 mm, lobes equal, dark green striped when fresh; Corolla tubular, 20-25 mm; Fruit capsule, smooth.

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Coll. No. 800, Nicotiana attenuata

Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1N23 near gravel pit Mono Lake Basin Flora Eatonella nivea
Full Size ImageColl. No. 801, remnants of Eatonella nivea  

801  Dried material, Eatonella nivea.

Eatonella nivea (D.C.Eaton) A. Gray. White False Tickhead.

Mono Basin, Mono County, California. Approximately 0.7 mi east on Forest Road 1N23 from California Highway 120, 6.2 miles by road east of the south junction of US Highway 395 and California Highway 120. Northeast flank of a gravel pit. 37.9196N, 118.9978W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2037 m. The materials of this collection were combined with Coll. No. 755 when deposited at UC and CAS.

Literature Cited:
- D.A. Wark, W. Hildreth, F.S. Spear, D.J. Cherniak and E.B. Watson, 2007.  

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