Santa Clara Divide Road

During 2008, our CNPS chapter sponsored a monthly series of plant walks, led by Jane Strong, each month visiting a different elevation in the Chilao area, thus following the spring bloom as it gradually extended higher and higher into the mountains. The photos below are all from the walk of July 2008, which took us along Santa Clara Divide Road.

Santa Clara Divide Road goes to the west several miles from its junction with the Angeles Crest Highway at location known as Three Points, about three miles north of Chilao Visitors Center, and not far beyond Newcomb Ranch. The road services several private mountain lodges, the Bandido and Horse Flats campgrounds, and various walking trails. We drove as far as the western end of the trail to Mt. Hillyer, stopping at various locations to explore for wildflowers.

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Giant woollystar (Eriastrum densifolium)

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Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

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Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

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San Gabriel Mountains sunflower (Hulsea vestita ssp. gabrielensis)

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San Gabriel Mountains sunflower (Hulsea vestita ssp. gabrielensis)

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Popcorn flower (Plagiobothrys sp.)

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Volcanic gilia (Gilia ochroleuca ssp. vivida)

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Naked buckwheat (Eriogonum nudum)

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Naked buckwheat (Eriogonum nudum)

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Sulphur flowered buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum)

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Rock buckwheat (Eriogonum saxatile)

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Rock buckwheat (Eriogonum saxatile)

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Mount Gleason paintbrush (Castilleja gleasoni)

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Mount Gleason paintbrush (Castilleja gleasoni)

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Mustang mint (Monardella breweri subsp. lanceolata)

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Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi)

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Mojave linanthus (Leptosiphon breviculus)

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Southern mule's ears (Wyethia ovata)

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Southern mule's ears (Wyethia ovata)

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Plain mariposa lily (Calochortus invenustus)

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Pitted onion (Allium lacunosum)

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Palmer's mariposa lily (Calochortus palmeri)

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Spike promrose (Epilobium densiflorum)

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Bush morning glory (Calystegia occidentalis)

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Squirreltail (Elymus elymoides)

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Leafy daisy (Erigeron foliosus)

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Canyon live oak (Quercus chrysolepis)

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Chaparral honeysuckle (Lonicera interrupta)

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Granite Mountain

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Hairy yerba santa (Eriodictyon trichocalyx)

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Mount Gleason paintbrush (Castilleja gleasoni)

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Mount Gleason paintbrush (Castilleja gleasoni)

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Martin's paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei var. martinii)

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Martin's paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei var. martinii)

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Giant woollystar (Eriastrum densifolium)

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Grayleaf skullcap (Scutellaria siphocampyloides)

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Grayleaf skullcap (Scutellaria siphocampyloides)

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Flamnnel bush (Fremontodendron californicum)

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Flamnnel bush (Fremontodendron californicum)

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Davidson's buckwheat (Eriogonum davidsonii)

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Thanks to Jane Strong for assistance in identification of flowers and plants.

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