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Plants of the Bodie Hills Checklist: January 2019 Edition

Plants of the Bodie Hills Checklist Cover 2019

Another year has passed and a surprising number of taxa (species, varieties, and subspecies) have been added to Plants of the Bodie Hills: an Annotated Checklist — about 50! Some of these are new finds in the field; some are new records in the on-line herbarium databases. Some of these are definite new additions; some are in the “maybe” category. The total count is now about 750 taxa.

Other changes in this year’s edition include the addition of keys to selected genera, and additions to the map on the last page (or back cover, if it’s printed 2-sided).

CLICK HERE to visit the Downloads page. The January 2019 edition of the checklist is a 64-page, 6.1 mb PDF file.

Here’s a selection of favorite plants seen during visits to the Bodie Hills in 2018:

Eriogonum caespitosum

Matted wild buckwheat: Eriogonum caespitosum

Eriogonum maculatum

Spotted wild buckwheat: Eriogonum maculatum

Salvia dorrii

Dorr’s sage: Salvia dorrii

Thelypodium laciniatum

Feathery thelypodium: Thelypodium laciniatum

Allium anceps

Twin leaved onion: Allium anceps

Angelica capitellata

Ranger’s buttons or Swamp white heads: Angelica capitellata
with lots of visiting insects.

Astragalus curvicarpus

Curvepod milkvetch: Astragalus curvicarpus

Rosa woodsii

Woods rose: Rosa woodsii subsp. ultramontana

Copyright © Tim Messick 2019. All rights reserved.

Plants of Hot Springs Valley: Additions in 2018

Asclepias cordifolia

1. Asclepias cordifolia

It’s time for another update to Plants of Hot Springs Valley and Grover Hot Springs State Park, Alpine County, California. I’ve added several plants to the list, based on explorations around the margins of the valley earlier this year, plus observations posted by others posted on iNaturalist. PDFs (for printing single-page format and booklet format) are available on the Downloads page of this site.

Agoseris retorsa

3. Agoseris retorsa

Here are 11 species (including one correction) added to the list in 2018:

Apocynaceae (Milkweed or Dogbane family)
1. Asclepias cordifolia – Purple milkweed – Sandy hillside with chaparral, along Burnside Lake Trail near the campground, north side of valley.
2. Asclepias fascicularis – Narrow-leaf milkweed – A milkweed with decidedly narrow leaves, growing in pine forest near the park entrance (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13825500).
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
3. Agoseris retorsa – Spearleaf mountain dandelion
– In granitic sand along the Burnside Lake Trail, in forest openings or forest edges, west of the meadows.
4. Artemisia ludoviciana subsp. incompta – Mountain mugwort – Uncommon, along the eroding banks of Hot Springs Creek, west of the meadows. Perhaps also to be found in rocky outcrop areas.
5. Hemizonella minima
– Tiny tarweed – A small to minute, yellow-flowered annual growing in granitic sand along the Burnside Lake Trail near the campground and north of the falls; also among outcrops near the falls. (This is a correction: previously misidentified as Madia exigua.)
6. Malacothrix floccifera – Wooly desert-dandelion – A small annual growing in granitic sand in dry forest openings, along the Burnside Lake Trail north of the falls. The flower heads resemble small dandelions, with ray flowers that are white in the outer portions and yellow toward the middle.
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
7. Capsella bursa-pastoris – Shepherd’s-purse – a very widespread plant (but not common here), found along the disturbed edge of a service road (where it doubles for a few hundred yards as the Burnside Lake/Charity Valley Trail), on the north side of the valley, west of campground.
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
8. Corallorhiza striata – Striped coralroot – In deep litter of pine needles in conifer forest along the Burnside Lake Trail, north of The Falls.
Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)
9. Ipomopsis aggregata – Scarlet gilia – In dry forest openings, west of the meadows.
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
10. Ranunculus occidentalisWestern buttercup – Moist, non-alkaline meadows or moist places in forest.
11. Ranunculus testiculatus
– Bur buttercup – A weedy, unpleasant thing (“gets stuck in the pads of my dogs’ feet”, somebody once told me), native to Eurasia. It’s in a small area of disturbed ground in the meadow near Hot Springs Creek, east of the Hot Springs Cutoff trail, and perhaps in other disturbed sites.

Artemisia ludoviciana

4. Artemisia ludoviciana

Hemizonella minima

5. Hemizonella minima

Malacothrix floccifera

6. Malacothrix floccifera

Capsella bursa-pastoris

7. Capsella bursa-pastoris

Corallorhiza striata

8. Corallorhiza striata

Ranunculus occidentalis

10. Ranunculus occidentalis

Ranunculus testiculatus

11. Ranunculus testiculatus


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Plants of the Bodie Hills Checklist: January 2018 Edition

I’ve made a bunch more corrections and additions to Plants of the Bodie Hills: an Annotated Checklist, based on fieldwork and other research during 2017. CLICK HERE to visit the Downloads page. The January 2018 edition of the checklist is a 50-page, 8.1 mb PDF file.

The Bodie Hills encompass about 417 square miles in northern Mono County, California, western Mineral County, Nevada, and southern-most Lyon County, Nevada. This checklist now includes 701 taxa (species, subspecies, or varieties). Of these, 593 are definitely known to occur in the Bodie Hills and 108 are of uncertain status in the area (quite possibly present, but not yet confirmed). Altogether, there are 558 dicots (in 53 families), 130 monocots (in 15 families), and 13 vascular cryptogams (in 8 families).

Some places in the Bodie Hills worth visiting:

Chemung Lake

Chemung Lake, Chemung Mine, and Masonic Mountain

Upper end of Mormon Meadow

The upper end of Mormon Meadow

East Side of the Bodie Hills

The northeastern Bodie Hills, along the Sweetwater-Aurora Road

Road to Aurora

The road to Aurora

Bridgeport Canyon

Bridgeport Canyon

Mt Biedeman and storm

Mt. Biedeman from the road to Bodie


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