Plant Guide to Ed Hastey Desert Garden Trail, Santa Rosa Mountains Visitor Center

MileS#id?(Sign) Common NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00   Begin trail at back of Visitor Center, at west end of patio.
0.00l1 Sign: desert-willowChilopsis linearis ssp. arcuata3 / 37
0.00l2 desert tobaccoNicotiana obtusifolia4 / 24
0.00   Switchback right
0.00l  (sweetbush, Bebbia juncea var. aspera)
0.00l3 smoke treePsorothamnus spinosus3 / 36
0.00l4~desert baccharisBaccharis sergiloides5 / 26
0.00l  (cheesebush, Hymenoclea salsola var. salsola; desert lavender, Hyptis emoryi)
0.00l  Sign: "Ed Hastey Trail [ahead]"
0.00l5 Sign: California (desert) fan palmWashingtonia filifera2 / 26
0.00l6 *desert marigoldBaileya multiradiata var. multiradiata10 / 21
0.00l7 chuparosaJusticia californica20 / 98
0.01r8 Bigelow's desert four-o'clockMirabilis bigelovii var. bigelovii1 / 13
0.01l9 Sign: catclawAcacia greggii2 / 210
0.01l10 burroweedAmbrosia dumosa1 / 111
0.01r11 Sign: sacred datura (Jimson weed on sign)Datura wrightii (=D. meteloides)1 / 121
0.01r12 Sign: Mojave (old man) prickly-pearOpuntia erinacea var. erinacea3 / 23
0.01l13 brittlebushEncelia farinosa20 / 912
0.01l14 creosote bushLarrea tridentata3 / 39
0.01r15 jojobaSimmondsia chinensis5 / 57
0.01r16 beavertail cactusOpuntia basilaris var. basilaris4 / 314
0.01l  Sign: "old man prickly pear, Opuntia erinacea"
0.01r17 cheesebushHymenoclea salsola var. salsola20 / 99
0.01l18 Sign: desert lavenderHyptis emoryi10 / 98
0.01r  Sign: "jojoba, Simmondsia chinensis"
0.01l19~small-seeded spurgeChamaesyce polycarpa40 / 919
0.01r20 *triangle leaf bursageAmbrosia deltoidea1 / 11
0.01l  Sign: "desert fan palm, Washingtonia filifera"
0.01l21 sweetbushBebbia juncea var. aspera10 / 915
0.01r  (*Cleveland sage, Salvia clevelandii)
0.01r  Sign: "beavertail cactus, Opuntia basilaris"
0.02l  Sign: "creosote bush, Larrea tridentata"
0.02r  Sign: "jojoba, Simmondsia chinensis"
0.02l  Sign: "chuparosa, Justicia californica"
0.02l  Sign: "creosote bush, Larrea tridentata"
0.02r22 Sign: bladderpodIsomeris arborea1 / 110
0.03l23 Sign: indigo bushPsorothamnus schottii (=Dalea schottii)1 / 110
0.03l24 bearded cryptanthaCryptantha barbigera1 / 13
0.03r  (Sign: "cheesebush, Hymenoclea salsola")
0.03r25 desert needlePalafoxia arida var. arida20 / 94
0.03r26 Sign: Thurber's sandpaper-plantPetalonyx thurberi ssp. thurberi10 / 93
0.03r  Sign: "desert lavender, Hyptis emoryi"
0.04   Trail turns left 90°
0.04r  "Coyote" bench
0.04l  Sign: "desert lavender, Hyptis emoryi"
0.05l27 wire-lettuceStephanomeria pauciflora var. pauciflora1 / 112
0.05l  (Gander's cholla, Opuntia ganderi)
0.05   Trail turns right 90°
0.05b  Lots of small-seeded spurge, Chamaesyce polycarpa
0.06r28 pencil chollaOpuntia ramosissima2 / 25
0.06l  (world's largest, shrubbiest, oldest desert trumpet, Eriogonum inflatum)
0.06l  Sign: "chuparosa, Justicia californica"
0.06r  Sign: "sandpaper-plant, Petalonyx thurberi"
0.07r  Sign: "desert-willow, Chilopsis linearis"
0.07l  Sign: "beavertail cactus, Opuntia basilaris"
0.07r  (silver cholla, Opuntia echinocarpa)
0.08r29 desert trumpetEriogonum inflatum1 / 16
0.08   Switchback left
0.08l  Sign: "brittlebush, Encelia farinosa"
0.09r30 silver chollaOpuntia echinocarpa1 / 11
0.09r31 Sign: blue palo verdeCercidium floridum ssp. floridum3 / 33
0.10r  Sign: "smoke tree, Psorothamnus spinosus"
0.12r ~(*elm, Ulmus sp.)
0.12r32 Sign: honey mesquiteProsopis glandulosa var. torreyana1 / 17
0.13l  Jct. side trail; Sign: "Native grass garden ..."; go left on it
0.13b33 deergrassMuhlenbergia rigens10 / 126
0.13r34 Mexican rushJuncus mexicanus4 / 121
0.14   Sign ahead: "deergrass, Muhlenbergia rigens"
0.14   (ahead: desert mistletoe, Phoradendron californicum; desert star-vine, Brandegea bigelovii)
0.14r  Sign: "Mexican rush, Juncus mexicanus"
0.14   Turn around and rejoin main trail
0.15r  Sign: "sandpaper-plant, Petalonyx thurberi"
0.15l35 chiaSalvia columbariae5 / 126
0.15l36~desert prickly-pearOpuntia phaeacantha1 / 14
0.16l37 cane chollaOpuntia parryi2 / 11
0.16r  Sign: "blue palo verde, Cercidium floridum"
0.16l  (Engelmann's hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus engelmannii)
0.16r38 desert star-vineBrandegea bigelovii1 / 12
0.16r39spSign: Vasey's prickly-pearOpuntia vaseyi (=O. littoralis var. vaseyi)1 / 127
0.17r40 Sign: teddy-bear chollaOpuntia bigelovii1 / 17
0.17l41 Mohave yuccaYucca schidigera1 / 111
0.17l42 Sign: California barrel cactusFerocactus cylindraceus (=Ferocactus acanthodes)2 / 18
0.17l43 sugar bushRhus ovata1 / 129
0.18l44 screw-bean mesquiteProsopis pubescens1 / 11
0.18r  Sign: "chuparosa, Justicia californica"
0.18r  Sign: "smoke tree, Psorothamnus spinosus"
0.18l45 California trixisTrixis californica var. californica1 / 18
0.18l  (Sign: "catclaw acacia, Acacia greggii")
0.18r  Sign: "blue palo verde, Cercidium floridum"
0.19l  (white sage, Salvia apiana)
0.19l  (ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens ssp. splendens)
0.19l  Sign: "Ed Hastey Desert Garden Trail ..."
0.19   Trail turns left to Visitor Center entrance
0.19l sp(Sign: "penstemon, Penstemon sp.")
0.19l46 Coves's cassiaSenna covesii1 / 11
0.19l  (California buckwheat, Eriogonum fasciculatum)
0.19l  (*Cooper's paper-daisy, Psilostrophe cooperi)
0.19   End Desert Garden Trail. Just ahead, the last plant before entering the visitor center, is the yellow-flowered form of chuparosa, Justicia californica. To see the next species, turn around and head to the parking lot; it is on the sidewalk continuation just after you cross the circular driveway
0.20l47 ajameteAsclepias subulata1 / 11
    To see the next species, continue to the end of the parking lot; it is in the island there
    (apricot mallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua)
    The final species is on the east side of the Visitor's Center, east of the Cleveland sage
    (arrow-weed, Pluchea sericea)
    
    The following species were on the trail only during the weekend of 2/17/07:
0.19l  (*Salvia X trident: S. mojavensis X S. clevelandii X S. dorrii)
0.19l  *Lady in RedSalvia coccinea2 / 1 
0.19l  *Bush GermanderTeucrium fruticans 'azureum'1 / 1 
http://tchester.org/sb/plants/guides/visitor_center.html
Updated 19 February 2007.