Eastern Mojave Vegetation Caruthers Canyon, San Bernardino County, California.

Query: G.N.I.S.

(Syn: Fourth of July Canyon)

See also: New York Mountains.

See also: Giant Ledge Mine.

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Canyon on the south side of the New York Mountains.

Formerly known as Fourth of July Canyon (1920, 1921, 1940).

There is some thought that "Caruthers" should be spelled with two r's as "Carruthers," assuming that the canyon is named for George Carruthers, watchman at the Giant Ledge mine (Sharp, 1984). This is apparently noted in book by Ausmus and Casebier. Also, Figure 17 on page 21 of Reynolds and Reynolds (1995) implies that Carruthers may be an alternate spelling of Caruthers. However, Caruthers seems to be the adopted spelling for use on maps, etc.

Elevation: 5230ft, 1594m.

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Species collected at or near this location:


Juniperus osteosperma (Torrey) Little. Utah Juniper


Rhus trilobata Torrey & A. Gray. Squawbush



Baccharis sergiloides A. Gray. Squaw Waterweed

Chrysothamnus depressus Nutt. Longflower Rabbitbrush

Ericameria cooperi (A. Gray) H. M. Hall. Cooper's Goldenbush

Ericameria cuneata (A. Gray) McClatchie. Wedgeleaf Goldenbush

Ericameria linearifolia (DC.) Urb. & J. Wussow. Narrowleaf Goldenbush

Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britton & Rusby. Broom Snakeweed


Brickellia californica (Torrey & A. Gray) A. Gray. California Brickelbush


Berberis haematocarpa Wooten. Red Barberry


Escobaria vivipara (Nutt.) Buxb. rosea (Clokey) D. R. Hunt. Viviparous Foxtail Cactus

O. erinacea Engelm. & J. Bigelow e.. Mojave Prickly-Pear

Opuntia phaeacantha Engelm. Tulip Prickly-Pear


Arctostaphylos pungens Kunth. Pointleaf Manzanita


Quercus chrysolepis Liebm. Canyon Live Oak

Quercus turbinella E. Greene. Sonoran Scrub Oak


Garrya flavescens S. Watson. Ashy Silk-Tassel


Frasera albomarginata S. Watson.


Eriodictyon angustofolium Nutt. Narrow-Leaved Yerba Santa


Salvia dorrii (Kellogg) Abrams pilosa (A. Gray) J. L. Strachan & Rev. Purple Sage


Forestiera pubescens Nutt. Desert Olive


Eriogonum wrightii Benth. wrightii. Wright's Buckwheat


Ceanothus greggii A. Gray vestitus (E. Greene) McMinn. Desert Ceanothus

Rhamnus californica Eschsch. California Coffeeberry

Rhamnus crocea Nutt. Redberry


Fallugia paradoxa (D. Don) Endl. Apache Plume

Petrophyton caespitosum (Nutt.) Rydb. caespitosum. Mat Rock Spirea

Purshia mexicana (D. Don.) S. L. Welsh stansburyana (Torrey) S. L. Welsh. Stansbury's cliffrose

Purshia tridentata (Pursh) DC. glandulosa (Curran) M. E. Jones. Desert Bitterbrush


Undet.. Saxifragaceae Family


Lycium cooperi A. Gray. Cooper's Box Thorn


Yucca baccata Torrey. Banana Yucca

Yucca brevifolia Engelm. Joshua Tree



Pascopyrum smithii (Rydb.) ┴. L÷ve. Western Wheatgrass

Interesting collections made at or near this location:

  • Frasera albomarginata S. Watson
    • Annie M. Alexander and Louise Kellogg 1461 5/14/1940
    • Robert F. Thorne, W. Wisura, C. Davidson, and B. Prigge 49249 5/29/1977
  • Salvia dorrii (Kellogg) Abrams
    • Annie M. Alexander and Louise Kellogg 1338 5/5/1940
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Date and time this article was prepared:8:38:45 PM, 10/27/2017.