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, Desert paintbrush
Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea, Grizzlybear pricklypear
Erigeron aphanactis, Rayless shaggy fleabane
Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus, Skunky monkeyflower
Cryptantha circumscissa, Cushion cryptantha
Eriogonum nidularium, Birdnest wild buckwheat
Eriogonum nidularium, Birdnest wild buckwheat, up close
Osmorhiza occidentalis, Western sweet cicely (past flowering, but with its distinctive fruits)
Phacelia hastata var. hastata, Mountain phacelia
Monardella odoratissima, Mountain pennyroyal
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