Trip Recap

Fred Roberts spearheaded another fire-follower excursion, this one near the international border. Our actual tour guide was Don Martin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Other experts accompanying us were Dave Bramlet and Vince Scheidt. The presence of these seasoned botanists led to Celia Kutcher’s astute field trip observation: when there is one expert, his or her authority goes unquestioned. The presence of two leads to a debate. When there are three (or more) experts, the group is challenged to hike past the first plant specimen. 

We did go far enough—at several different locations—to see a rich variety of the local flora. My favorites included Állium praecox (Early Onion), Antirrhìnum nuttallianum (Nuttall’s Snapdragon), Calandrínia breweri (Brewer’s Calandrinia), Crássula connata (Pygmyweed), Lepidium lasiocarpum var. lasiocarpum (Sand Peppergrass), Pentachaeta aurea (Golden-Ray Pentachaeta), Lepechínia ganderi (Gander’s Pitcher Sage), Pediculàris densiflóra (Indian Warrior), Phacèlia grandiflora (Giant-Flower Phacelia) and Zigadènus fremóntii (Fremont’s Camas).

Plant List

Állium praecox (Early Onion) 
Antirrhìnum nuttallianum (Nuttall’s Snapdragon) 
Calandrínia breweri (Brewer’s Calandrinia) 
Crássula connata (Pygmyweed) 
Lepidium lasiocarpum var. lasiocarpum (Sand Peppergrass) 
Pentachaeta aurea (Golden-Ray Pentachaeta) 
Lepechínia ganderi (Gander’s Pitcher Sage) 
Pediculàris densiflóra (Indian Warrior) 
Phacèlia grandiflora (Giant-Flower Phacelia) 
Zigadènus fremóntii (Fremont’s Camas)