Desert Pines County Wildlife Sanctuary

Desert Pines is a small, 100-acre reserve in the far northwest of Los Angeles County, on the edge of the Mojave Desert, immediately north of the Liebre Mountains, and several miles west of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. It has the distinction of having gray pines from the mountain slopes interfacing with Joshua trees on the desert floor. The diversity of flora is greater than for any other of the Los Angeles County wildlife reserves.

All of the photos here are from an outing of our CNPS chapter to Desert Pines in April 24, 2010, led by Mickey Long, who has a longstanding interest in keeping track of the flora and fauna of the reserve. Getting to Desert Pines is not so straightforward, requiring knowledge of the appropriate back roads, and it has no facilities, not even for parking. It certainly is a gem in a place where few untouched areas remain.

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Where mountains meet desert

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Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia)

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Landscape and environment

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CNPS visitors

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CNPS visitors

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Carpet of wildflowers

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White layia (Layia glandulosa)

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White layia (Layia glandulosa)

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White layia (Layia glandulosa)

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California coreopsis (Leptosyne californica)

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California sun cup (Camissoniopsis bistorta)

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California sun cup (Camissoniopsis bistorta)

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California sun cup (Camissoniopsis bistorta)

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Parry's linanthus (Linanthus parryae)

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Parry's linanthus (Linanthus parryae)

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Chia (Salvia columbariae)

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Chia (Salvia columbariae)

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Nevada ephedra (Ephedra nevadensis)

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Purple nightshade (Solanum xanti)

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Fremont pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii)

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Desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)

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Popcorn flower (Cryptantha sp.)

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Stigose lotus (Acmispon strigosus)

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Scarlet bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius)

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Carpet of flowers

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Gray pine (Pinus sabiniana)

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Gray pine (Pinus sabiniana)

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Veatch's blazing star (Mentzelia veatchiana)

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Veatch's blazing star (Mentzelia veatchiana)

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Hairy or purple sage (Salvia dorrii var. pilosa)

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Carpet of wildflowers

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Carpet of wildflowers

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Zebra tailed lizard

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Cushion cryptantha (Cryptantha circumscissa)

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Parish mimulus (Erythranthe parishii)

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Silver puffs (Uropappus lindleyi)

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An expanse of wildflowers

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Mojave suncup (Camissonia campestris subsp. campestris)

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Tansy leafed phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia)

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Bajada lupine (Lupinus concinnus)

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Baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii)

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Goldfields (Lasthenia sp.)

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Goldfields (Lasthenia sp.)

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CNPS chapter outing

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Poppies along the road out

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT

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

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