July Flowers in the Bodie Hills

Here’s a very small sampling of plants observed in the Masonic Mountain area of the northern Bodie Hills a few weeks ago. After the very dry winter and spring of 2015, it seemed likely there would be very little in bloom this year. But then unusually high rainfall in May and June made a big difference, and there’s a lot to be seen this summer after all.

Castilleja linariifolia
Castilleja linariifolia, Desert paintbrush

Opuntia polyacantha
Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea, Grizzlybear pricklypearErigeron aphanactis
Erigeron aphanactis, Rayless shaggy fleabaneMimulus nanus
Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus, Skunky monkeyflower

Cryptantha circunscissa
Cryptantha circumscissa, Cushion cryptantha

Eriogonum nidularium

Eriogonum nidularium, Birdnest wild buckwheatEriogonum nidularium
Eriogonum nidularium, Birdnest wild buckwheat, up close

Osmorhiza occidenralis
Osmorhiza occidentalis, Western sweet cicely (past flowering, but with its distinctive fruits)Phacelia hastata
Phacelia hastata var. hastata, Mountain phacelia Monardella odoratissima
Monardella odoratissima, Mountain pennyroyal

 


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