Lupinus duranii. East of Mono Craters, looking northeast toward Mono Lake. The dust storm at east end of the lake is visible. I know this isn’t Hydrophylloideae, but I love lupines. Always have, always will. Thanks Barbara Cooney and Ellen Dean! Phacelia hastata var. compacta was just coming into bloom in the pullouts along the road. It probably requires soil disturbance for something [provided at here at this site from cars driving off the road to park, and from soil erosion at the base of slopes]. Phacelias don’t extend much beyond the pullouts or foot trafficky areas here.
North of Navy Beach on south side of Mono Lake. Looking west toward Mammoth. This is a good time for Phacelia bicolor everywhere. Here with Linanthus inyoensis, Diplacus mephiticus [formerly Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus], Greeneocharis circumscissa var. circumscissa [formerly Cryptantha circumscissa var. circumscissa], Cryptantha oxygona, Erythranthe suksdorfii [formerly Mimulus suksdorfii], Mentzelia albicaulis, Tiquilia nuttallii, Eatonella nivea [everything kept falling apart on the Eatonella as I was keying this cool little plant, so here is Tom Schweich's photo to look at].
Hesperochiron californicus in open meadows at Bodie State Park.
Hesperochiron californicus in meadow along Main Street across from the Bottle Works. See the little white corollas in the green foreground?
Hesperochiron habitat. Obviously they do better in the red light district. Madame Mustache forever.
Mertensia oblongifolia var. nevadensis in sagebrush scrub at Bodie State Park.
Mertensia oblongifolia var. nevadensis near Dog-faced George’s place at Bodie State Park. A white morph in a population of the normals. Other white morphs on Calphotos [Gary Monroe 1, 2; Mary Winters 1]
Inflorescences of Phacelia cicutaria. The calyx lobes form little baskets around the capsules when mature. The basket breaks off and rolls away like a mini-tumbleweed. Also, the spiky hairs stick efficiently under my skin.
Phacelia cicutaria plant, in rock crevice at Tulloch Mill. Dry dry dry. Type collected April 9th, 1895 and without fruit or seed, so I thought a later date would be better to capture flowering and fruiting. I was wrong! And this is what being wrong looks like. I need to return earlier and repeatedly throughout the spring next year.
Phacelia cicutaria in middle of rock at south side of Tulloch Mill at Knights Ferry. Type locality for Phacelia cicutaria is probably near[er] and along the Stanislaus River ["at Knights Ferry, on the Stanislaus River"], but it was so dry even down at and along the river near Tulloch Mill and the covered bridge that these were the best looking plants I could find. The others were all stripped down skeletons of plants.
The covered bridge at Knights Ferry Rec Area over the Stanislaus River. The General Store in Knights Ferry was closed. Sads. After scouting around the covered bridge and south without finding green plants I didn’t hike further up or down the river. Next year though!
Nemophila spatulata, Martis Creek.
Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum, sagebrush scrub.
Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum, Martis Valley along trail.
Nemophila spatulata. Sonora Pass meadow after rainstorm.
Field assistants at Dardanelle.
View from Dardanelle. Donnells Lake and Dam.
Scouted most of the Phacelia peirsoniana paratype localities [here, Sherwin Summit with Jim Linnberg and Trigger the service dog] and accessible Consortium of California Herbaria specimen sites on this trip based out of UC SNARL. Love that place. Too dry in some places for some of the target species I was looking for [also looked for Phacelia tetramera out on alkali sinks], but there are patches of blooms where precipitation seems to have struck and stuck.
A really good trip, and I wish I could have stayed out another week at least. Next year I hope it rains, and I can go in April and again in May to catch these taxa.
This was also the first trip I had an iPhone and definitely prefer my Nikon for photos. But for planning out a daily botany itinerary with the Jepson eFlora, Consortium of California Herbaria search results, Google maps, and CalPhotos – I used that iphone nonstop when there was areas with service. Tom Schweich’s area list for Mono County is AWESOME – full of great resources, as is Tim Messick’s Bodie Hills flora.
The California Botanical Society Centennial Celebration 12-14 April 2013
Everything will be fine because money grows on trees. Or something.
Additional workshops with all this magnificence are still open and spots can be reserved with our Jepson Coordinator! And don’t forget the August 17th Jepson Workshop on Mastering the Jepson Manual. I know a tarweed or two that might be around.
Also, check out the Jepson Herbarium Workshop tumblr
for the curated photographs from each weekend workshop, and just a few tabs over are the uploaded handouts from each workshop
available as a pdf download.
Romanzoffia tracyi early March, still without an infl.
Romanzoffia californica Early March, single inflorescence
Trigger the service dog on a field trip to collect Phacelia species at Monocline Ridge. The bloom is literally jaw dropping! And so are the great programs that the UC Berkeley Disability Services Program offers – check them out!
Disability Awareness Week is March 10-15th at UC Berkeley, and there is also the Graduate Diversity Day on Sunday, March 17th
Are Cripples Screwed? *Monday* March 11th, 170 Barrows, 6:30-9 pm. A viewing of The Sessions followed by a panel discussion.
Resource Fair *Tuesday* March 12th, Cheney Lounge, Unit 1, 3:30-5:30 pm
Pizza, Pepsi, and Puppies *Wednesday* March 13th, RSF, 12-4 pm
No events Thursday
Disability Rights: Past, Present, and Future *Friday* March 15th, 122 Barrows, 6-8 pm
Graduate Diversity Day *Sunday* March 17th 8:30AM-2:00PM Alumni House.
Disability Access Services: http://access.berkeley.edu
This is why I love nomenclature, I love taxonomy, I love collections, I love digitized archives and libraries offsite, and I love going to the field and finding plants that match protologues. Because even in California, even in 2013, even in Phacelia, there are mysteries and there is disagreement. What is this? I have an idea, but I have to rigorously test it. Stay tuned [and on botany time, so 3+ yrs for data collection, analysis, and publication].
Mt. Hamilton still has some gorgeous displays of the early spring flowers – Dodacatheon was bursting out on the hillside drive. Lupinus is starting to be really showy, and there will be a huge section of the road up to the Lick Observatory that will be wonderfully covered in Nemophila heterophylla and then Phacelia imbricata var. imbricata. A bit early for mass blooms and it scattered rain throughout the day when I was up looking for the March 9th Jepson Workshop, – but absolutely gorgeous. A good drive and good botany. Bring your TJM2 for the Ericaceae and Fagaceae!
Trigger working hard at a collection site for Phacelia tanacetifolia off of Panoche Rd. Many thanks to Ryan O’Dell at the BLM Hollister office for taking us out to see the phacelias!
Monolopia lanceolata at BLM’s Monocline Ridge. The spring bloom is going off right now – Amsinckias & Mentzelias galore. Goldfields and Gilias are coming in around the Ephedras. Talk to Ryan O’Dell at the BLM Hollister office about wildflower info. It is going to be a good couple of weeks to see spring annuals at the Panoche Hills.
Botany and Rainbows, the sunshine version.