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.

This list summarizes plants collected or observed at this specific, named location. It does not include plants collected or observed at nearby named or unnamed locations. It may be more instructive to use the Area Lists that contain this location.

  • TAS – The plant was collected by Tom Schweich.
  • Oth – The plant was collected by someone, but not Tom.
  • Obs – The plant was observed, but not collected.


Juniperus osteosperma (Torrey) Little. Utah Juniper (Obs)


Rhus trilobata Nutt. trilobata. Skunkbush Sumac (Obs)



Baccharis sergiloides A. Gray. Squaw Waterweed (Obs)

Chrysothamnus depressus Nutt. Longflower Rabbitbrush (Obs)

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

Ericameria cuneata (A. Gray) McClatchie. Wedgeleaf Goldenbush (Obs)

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

Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britton & Rusby. Broom Snakeweed (Obs)


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


Berberis haematocarpa Wooten. Red Barberry (Obs)


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

Opuntia erinacea Engelm. & J. Bigelow e.. Mojave Prickly-Pear (Obs)

Opuntia phaeacantha Engelm. Tulip Prickly-Pear (Obs)


Arctostaphylos pungens Kunth. Pointleaf Manzanita (Obs)


Quercus chrysolepis Liebm. Canyon Live Oak (Obs)

Quercus turbinella E. Greene. Sonoran Scrub Oak (Obs)


Garrya flavescens S. Watson. Ashy Silk-Tassel (Obs)


Frasera albomarginata S. Watson. (Oth)


Eriodictyon angustofolium Nutt. Narrow-Leaved Yerba Santa (TAS+Obs)


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


Forestiera pubescens Nutt. Desert Olive (Obs)


Eriogonum wrightii Benth. wrightii. Wright's Buckwheat (Obs)


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

Rhamnus californica Eschsch. California Coffeeberry (Obs)

Rhamnus crocea Nutt. Redberry (Obs)


Fallugia paradoxa (D. Don) Endl. Apache Plume (Obs)

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

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

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


Undet.. Saxifragaceae Family (TAS)


Lycium cooperi A. Gray. Cooper's Box Thorn (Oth)


Yucca baccata Torrey. Banana Yucca (Obs)

Yucca brevifolia Engelm. Joshua Tree (Obs)



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

Interesting collections made at or near this location:

  • Salvia dorrii (Kellogg) Abrams
    • Annie M. Alexander and Louise Kellogg 1338 5/5/1940
Total number of taxa: 34
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Listed Weeds:
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Date and time this article was prepared:5:31:47 PM, 12/4/2022.