Salton Sea Trip #6
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Plants In The Salton Sea Area

Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota)

Desert ironwood (Olneya tesota) in full bloom in Box Canyon north of the Salton Sea.

Brandegea bigelovii: Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae)

Brandegea bigelovii: Unusual member of Cucurbitaceae with small, indehiscent fruits.

Desert Prince's Plume (Stanleya pinnata var. pinnata)

Prince's plume (Stanleya pinnata var. pinnata): Mustard family (Brassicaceae).

Cryptobiotic Crust On North Side Of Salton Sea

Placidium lacinulatum, a squamulose soil lichen commonly associated with cryptobiotic crust in the Colorado Desert. The thallus is composed of small, brown, scalelike squamules. The spore-bearing perithecia are embedded in the thallus. The black granular areas are another minute soil lichen of the genus Collema.