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Photos Of Plants In The San Diego County Mountains #1

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Palomar Mountain

Blue forget-me-not (Myosotis discolor) in Lower Doane Valley, Palomar Mountain State Park. This genus is not listed in the Flora of Southern California by P.A. Munz (1974). The minute corolla limb (expanded part of corolla) is only 1.2 mm across.

Grass pink (Dianthus armeria ssp. armeria) a wild carnation (Caryophyllaceae) native to Europe. It was reported as naturalized in San Diego County during the late 1990s.

Two mariposa lilies on Palomar Mountain. Left: Weed's mariposa lily (Calochortus weedii var. weedii). Right: Golden-bowl mariposa lily (C. concolor). The surface of glands in C. weedii var. weedii are glabrous, while the glands of C. concolor are covered with hairs.

Left: Superb mariposa lily (Calochortus superbus) on the East Grade Project Trail of Palomar Mountain. It also grows in Lower Doane Valley on Palomar Mountain. Right: Dunn's mariposa lily (C. dunnii) photographed in the Cuyamaca Mountains. According to R.M. Beauchamp (Flora of San Diego County, 1986),C. dunnii also occurs in Lower Doane Valley.

Cuyamaca & Laguna Mountains

Dunn's mariposa lily (Calochortus dunnii). Numerous Dunn's mariposa lilies were in full bloom in the Cuyamaca Mountains during June 2004, eight months after the devastating Cedar Fire of October 2003.

Views of Cuyamaca Lake during the spring. Left: A dense population of tidy tips (Layia platyglossa). Right: Parish's meadow foam (Limnanthes gracilis ssp. parishii).

Two interesting wildflowers in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Left: Southern mountain phlox (Phlox austromontana). Right: Southern lewisia (Lewisia brachycalyx).

Two wildflowers in the Laguna Mountains. Left: Laguna alum-root (Heuchera brevistaminea) on the vertical desert escarpment. Right: Orcutt's linanthus (Linanthus orcuttii) near the summit of Monument Peak.

Tidy tips (Layia platyglossa) and goldfields (Lasthenia californica) near Cuyamaca Lake in San Diego County. Photo taken May 8, 2004.

Hulsea californica at the crest of the Laguna Mountains in San Diego County. This species is endemic to San Diego County.

Laguna Mountains jewel flower (Streptanthus bernardinus) in the Cuyamaca Mountains of San Diego County. Photo taken in May, 2004 (seven months following the Cedar Fire of October 2003).

Parish's locoweed (Astragalus douglasii var. parishii


  1. Beauchamp, R.M. 1986. A Flora Of San Diego County, California. Sweetwater River Press, National City, California.

  2. Hickman, J.C. (Editor). 1993. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

  3. Higgins, E.B. 1949. "Annotated Distributional List of Ferns and Flowering Plants of San Diego County, California." Occasional Papers of the San Diego Society of Natural History 8: 1-174.

  4. Hirshberg, J. and D. Clemons. 1996. "Vascular Plants of the Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountains, California." Phytologia 81: 69-102).

  5. Simpson, M.G. and J. P. Rebman. 1996. Checklist of the Vascular Plants of San Diego County (3rd Edition). SDSU Herbarium Press, San Diego, California.

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