Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Geraea canescens (Desert Sunflower)

2/6/05 Wash north of Box Canyon Rd., west of Sheep Hole Oasis 
Campground, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

2/6/05

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Desert Sunflower

SPECIES: Geraea canescens

FAMILY: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 2/6/2005

LOCATION: Wash north of Box Canyon Rd., west of Sheep Hole Oasis Campground, Mecca Hills, Eastern Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Habit: Herbage bristly or soft-hairy. 

Stem: 1--8 dm, simple to openly much-branched. 

Leaf: 1--10 cm; blade lanceolate or ovate to elliptic or oblanceolate, acute. 

Inflorescence: heads radiate, 1 or few to many in panicle-like cluster; involucre 7--12 mm; phyllaries linear to narrowly lanceolate. 

Ray Flower: 10--21; ray 1--2 cm. 

Disk Flower: corolla 4--5 mm. 

Fruit: 6--7 mm; pappus awns 3--4 mm. 

Ecology: Sandy desert soils; 

Elevation: < 1300 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: D; 

Distribution Outside California: to southwestern Utah, western Arizona, northern Mexico. 

Flowering Time: Jan--May, Sep--Nov Note: 

Occasionally hybridizes with Encelia farinosa

eFlora Treatment Author: David J. Keil & Curtis Clark

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Palafoxia arida var. arida (Spanish Needles)

2/6/05 Wash on north side of Box Canyon Rd. across from Little Box Canyon Trailhead, between Meccacopia Trail & Sheep Hole Oasis Campground, Mecca Hills

2/6/05 Wash on north side of Box Canyon Rd. across from Little Box Canyon Trailhead, between Meccacopia Trail & Sheep Hole Oasis Campground, Mecca Hills

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Spanish Needles

SPECIES: Palafoxia arida

FAMILY: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 2/6/2005

LOCATION: Wash on north side of Box Canyon Rd. across from Little Box Canyon Trailhead, between Meccacopia Trail & Sheep Hole Oasis Campground, Mecca Hills

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Stem: +- rough-hairy, glandular distally. 

Leaf: 2--10 cm, +- rough-canescent. 

Inflorescence: heads generally 5--40; involucre 5--10 mm diam, cylindric; phyllaries 10--20 mm. 

Flower: 9--20; corolla 9--11 mm, outer +- bilateral. 

Fruit: 10--15 mm. 

Ecology: Washes, dunes, other sandy places in creosote-bush scrub; 


Elevation: < 1000 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: D; 

Distribution Outside California: Nevada, Arizona, northern Mexico. 

Flowering Time: Jan--Sep 

eFlora Treatment Author: David J. Keil

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lupinus arizonicus (Arizona Lupine)

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA 


4/3/11 Shaver's Valley

2/6/05 Wash off north side of Box Canyon Rd., west of Sheep Hole Oasis 
Campground, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Arizona Lupine

SPECIES: Lupinus arizonicus

FAMILY: Fabaceae (Pea Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 2/6/2005

LOCATION: Wash off north side of Box Canyon Rd., west of Sheep Hole Oasis Campground, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Habit: Annual 1--5 dm, short-appressed- and long-spreading-hairy. 

Leaf: petiole 2.5--7 cm; leaflets 6--10, 10--40 mm, 5--10 mm wide, adaxially glabrous. 

Inflorescence: 4--24 cm, flowers spiraled, occasionally appearing +- whorled; peduncle 2--6 cm; pedicels 2--4 mm; bracts 4--8 mm, generally persistent. 

Flower: 7--10 mm; calyx 3--6 mm, lips +- equal, upper deeply lobed; banner, wings dark pink to magenta, drying blue-purple or +- white, banner spot +- yellow, in age darker magenta, keel upper margins glabrous, lower ciliate near claw. 

Fruit: often on 1 side of inflorescence, 1--2 cm, +- 5 mm wide, coarsely hairy. 

Seed: 4--6. 

Ecology: Locally common. Sandy washes, open areas; 

Elevation: < 1100 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: e DMoj, DSon; 

Distribution Outside California: Nevada, Arizona, Mexico. 

Flowering Time: Mar--May 

eFlora Treatment Author: Teresa Sholars & Rhonda Riggins

Hoffmannseggia microphylla (Littleleaf Rush Pea, Desert Bird of Paradise)

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

 2/6/05 Wash north of Box Canyon Road across from Little Box Canyon 
Trailhead between Meccacopia Trail & Sheep Hole Oasis Campground, 
Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

2/6/05 Wash north of Box Canyon Road across from Little Box Canyon 
Trailhead between Meccacopia Trail & Sheep Hole Oasis Campground, 
Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Littleleaf Rush Pea, Desert Bird of Paradise

SPECIES: Hoffmannseggia microphylla

FAMILY: Fabaceae (Pea Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 2/6/2005

LOCATION: Wash north of Box Canyon Road across from Little Box Canyon Trailhead between Meccacopia Trail & Sheep Hole Oasis Campground, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Habit: Plant erect, < 2.5 m; taproot woody. 

Leaf: 2--5 cm; 2° leaflets 3--7, 1.5--3.5 mm. 

Inflorescence: 9--16 cm, strigose. 

Flower: petals spreading, 6--12 mm wide, yellow, banner with red markings. 

Fruit: 18--23 mm, sickle-shaped. 

Ecology: Common in sandy soils; 

Elevation: < 1000 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: s SNE, DSon; 

Distribution Outside California: Arizona, Mexico. 

Flowering Time: April 

Synonyms: Caesalpinia virgata Fisher; 

eFlora Treatment Author: Beryl B. Simpson

Psorothamnus schottii (Schott's Indigo Bush)

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Schott's Indigo Bush

SPECIES: Psorothamnus schottii

FAMILY: Fabaceae (Pea Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 4/3/2011

LOCATION: Shaver's Valley, Eastern Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Habit: Shrub < 2 m, green, gray-strigose in age. 

Leaf: simple (or leaflets 2--3), 1--3 cm, linear, densely puberulent, gland-dotted, persistent. 

Inflorescence: open, 5--20-flowered; pedicel bractlets 2. 

Flower: calyx 4--6 mm, lobes < tube, glabrous to +- puberulent, glands generally many, brown to +- purple; corolla 7--10 mm, deep blue, banner with +- yellow spot, glands 0. 

Fruit: exserted, 7--10 mm; glands spaced, large. 

Ecology: Gravelly to sandy slopes, benches, washes; 

Elevation: < 600 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: DSon; 

Distribution Outside California: Arizona, northwestern Mexico, Baja California. 

Flowering Time: Mar--May 

eFlora Treatment Author: Martin F. Wojciechowski & Duane Isely

Bebbia juncea var. aspera (Sweetbush)

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

 12/10/05 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

12/10/05 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Sweetbush

SPECIES: Bebbia juncea var. aspera

FAMILY: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 12/10/2005

LOCATION: Shaver's Valley, Eastern Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Stem: 5--15 dm, much-branched, forming a rounded bush <= 3 m diam, glabrous or short-bristly. 

Leaf: 1--3(9) cm, linear, entire or with few, sharp, pinnate lobes, drought-deciduous. 

Inflorescence: heads few; peduncles 1.5--6 cm; involucre 4--15 mm diam; phyllaries 1--7 mm, lanceolate to linear, acute. 

Flower: corolla 6--10 mm. Fruit: 2--3.5 mm; pappus 6--10 mm. 

Ecology: Common. Dry, rocky slopes, desert plains, washes; 

Elevation: < 1500 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: SW, D; 

Distribution Outside California: to southern Nevada, Texas, northwestern Mexico. 

Flowering Time: Generally Apr--Jul 

eFlora Treatment Author: David J. Keil

Friday, June 1, 2018

Mohavea confertiflora (Ghost Flower)

4/3/11 Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Ghost Flower

SPECIES: Mohavea confertiflora

FAMILY: Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 4/3/2011

LOCATION: Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, Eastern Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Habit: Plant 10--40 cm. 

Inflorescence: pedicel 5--10 mm. 

Flower: lower corolla lip maroon-spotted on swollen base and limb, lobed to within 6--8 mm of swollen base. 

Fruit: 10--12 mm. 

Ecology: Gravelly or sandy desert slopes, washes; 

Elevation: < 1250 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: D (exc Inyo Co.); 

Distribution Outside California: southern Nevada, western Arizona, northwestern Mexico. 

Flowering Time: Mar--Apr 

eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax & David M. Thompson

Senecio mohavensis (Mojave Ragwort, Mojave Grounsel)

4/3/11 Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, 
E. Riverside County, CA

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Mojave Ragwort, Mojave Groundsel

SPECIES: Senecio mohavensis

FAMILY: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 4/3/2011

LOCATION: Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, Eastern Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Habit: Annual (0.7)1--4 dm, from taproot. 

Stem: 1, proximally or distally branched, often purple-tinged, glabrous, glaucous. 

Leaf: fleshy, glaucous, +- evenly distributed, proximal 2--6 cm, 0.5--4 cm wide, ovate to obovate, tapered to base, coarsely lobed or irregularly dentate, mid and distal similar, sessile, truncate to cordate-clasping. 

Inflorescence: heads discoid, disciform, or minutely radiate, 3--15+ in loose cyme-like clusters; involucre cylindric or urn-shaped, phyllaries 8 or 13, 6--7 mm, green or red-tinged; outer phyllaries inconspicuous, << inner. 

Pistillate Flower: 0--8; corolla 0 or narrowly tubular, ray 0--2 mm, barely surpassing phyllaries. 

Disk Flower: 15--30. 

Fruit: 1.5--3 mm, hairy. 

Ecology: Sandy, rocky washes, desert flats; 

Elevation: 100--700 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: D; 

Distribution Outside California: Nevada, Arizona, Sonora. 

Flowering Time: Mar--May 

Note: Disjunct between western North America and southwestern Asia; populations from deserts of southwestern Asia have been treated as Senecio mohavensis subsp. breviflorus (Kadereit) M. Coleman. 

eFlora Treatment Author: Debra K. Trock

Mimulus bigelovii (Bigelow's Monkeyflower)

4/3/11 Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA 


4/3/11 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Bigelow's Monkeyflower

SPECIES: Mimulus bijgelovig

FAMILY: Phrymaceae (Lopseed Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 4/3/2011

LOCATION: Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, Eastern Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Habit: Annual 2--25 cm, densely hairy. 


Leaf: 7--35 mm, elliptic to round, generally abruptly acuminate. 

Flower: pedicel 1--4 mm; calyx 6--13 mm, occasionally +- purple on ribs, hairy, lobes spreading, +- equal, 1.5--6 mm, +- acuminate; corolla persistent, magenta, tube-throat 12--22 mm, throat floor yellow, mouth generally with 2 lateral, dark maroon patches; placentas parietal. 

Fruit: 7--13 mm, exserted. 

Note: Variable; varieties intergrade. 


eFlora Treatment Author: David M. Thompson

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Parkinsonia florida (Palo Verde)

 4/3/11 Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

 4/3/11 Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

 4/3/11 Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

4/3/11 Shaver's Well, Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA 

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Palo Verde

SPECIES: Parkinsonia florida

FAMILY: Fabaceae (Pea Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 4/3/2011

LOCATION: Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, Eastern Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATIVE

Habit: Tree generally < 8 m, with thorns in leaf axils; branches spreading, +- zigzagged, +- glabrous. 

Leaf: petioled, blue-green; 1° leaflets 1 pair, axis < 1 cm; 2° leaflets 2--6, 4--8 mm. 

Flower: corolla 2--2.5 cm, banner 9--15 mm, widely ovate, yellow, orange-dotted or not. 

Fruit: indehiscent, 3--10 cm, flat, tan, +- not narrowed between seeds; tip beak-like. 

Ecology: Uncommon. Washes, floodplains; 

Elevation: +- 1100 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: D; 

Distribution Outside California: to Arizona, northwestern Mexico. 

Flowering Time: Apr--May (generally 2 weeks before Parkinsonia microphylla

Synonyms: Cercidium floridum Benth. ex A. Gray; Cercidium floridum subsp. floridum; 

eFlora Treatment Author: Martin F. Wojciechowski

Nettle-Leaved Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale) - Non-Native

4/3/11 Shaver's Well, Box Canyon Road, Eastern Riverside County, CA

LIFE LIST NOTES:

COMMON NAME: Nettle-Leaved Goosefoot

SPECIES: Chenopodium murale

FAMILY: Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

LIFE LIST DATE4/3/2011

LOCATION: Shaver's Well, Box Canyon Road, Eastern Riverside County, CA

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Treatment from Jepson eFlora:
NATURALIZED

Habit: Annual 15--50(80) cm. 

Leaf: 0.8--4 cm, deltate or +- diamond-shaped to ovate, toothed, dark green, powdery in youth, especially abaxially, or generally glabrous, shiny, base wedge-shaped. 

Inflorescence: flowers 1 or in clusters, in axillary and terminal panicles. 

Flower: sepals ovate, keeled, red, powdery, tip acute to obtuse, +- enclosing fruit. 

Fruit: 1--1.5 mm diam; wall attached to seed, scale-like. 

Seed: horizontal, 1--1.5 mm, not pitted, margin sharply angled. 

Ecology: Common. Disturbed areas, fields; 

Elevation: < 2900 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: CA-FP, D (uncommon); 

Distribution Outside California: to Canada, eastern United States, northern Mexico; native to Europe. 

Flowering Time: All year 

eFlora Treatment Author: Steven E. Clemants & Nuri Benet-Pierce