Flora of Desert Gardens and Coyote Creek From First Crossing to Lower Willows

Desert Gardens and First Crossing are locations in the Coyote Mountain Area accessed by the Coyote Canyon Dirt Road. Desert Gardens is a distance of 3.0 miles from the beginning of the dirt road at the end of the pavement on Di Giorgio Road in Borrego Springs, 0.5 miles west of the Alcoholic Pass Trailhead. First Crossing is at mile 3.6, 0.6 miles beyond Desert Gardens. For a large scale map showing these locations, and the flora of the Coyote Mountain Area that includes these locations, see Flora of Coyote Mountain Area.

The checklist on this page includes plants seen along Coyote Creek, the Ocotillo Flat Trail, and the Coyote Creek Dirt Road from First Crossing to Lower Willows. Only the area near First Crossing is in the Flora of Coyote Mountain Area.

A detail map of location covered is shown below, with red lines indicating my survey routes (the flora of the Alcoholic Pass Trail is not included below, but is given in the Flora of Coyote Mountain Area):

At Desert Gardens, on 30 December 2007 I walked a one mile loop as roughly shown on the above map. The loop was not GPS'd; it was drawn from memory.

At First Crossing, on 30 December 2007 I walked a distance of one mile along the Coyote Creek Dirt Road, with only very short excursions away from the road. That route was GPS'd. On 3 January 2008, I walked the route indicated along the Creek, the Dirt Road from just below Second Crossing to Lower Willows, and the portion of the Ocotillo Flat Trail shown.

The checklists from 30 December 2007 were made with the assistance of Rich Schilk and three other members of the CNPS from Orange County.

For more information, see the trip reports for 30 December 2007 and 3 January 2008. I also compiled a list of the plants in bloom for the area surveyed on 3 January 2008.

A checklist, with abundance estimates for each taxon, was compiled separately for those two areas. The checklists include some taxa that were not positively identified because they were seedlings or not in good enough shape to identify 100%. Such taxa are indicated below with a question mark for speculation about the determination or a ~ for a highly probable determination. I will work on positively identifying these taxa in the future.

For each area separately, the table below gives a rough estimate of the number of specimens of each taxon seen. The first number is the number of plants, maxing out at 99; the second number is the number of separate locations, maxing out at 9.

The Checklist is sorted first by category - dicots, monocots, and ferns - and then by family and scientific name. The Family and Scientific Name are from the Jepson Manual. An asterisk before the Common Name indicates a non-native taxon.

#FamilyScientific Name(*)Common Name# of Plants / # of Locations
Desert GardensFirst Crossing
1AcanthaceaeJusticia californicachuparosa 20/2
2Asteraceae~Chaenactis fremontii~Fremont pincushion99/920/2
3AsteraceaeAmbrosia dumosaburroweed99/999/9
4AsteraceaeBaccharis salicifoliamule fat 50/9
5AsteraceaeBebbia juncea var. asperasweetbush 50/9
6AsteraceaeDicoria canescensdesert dicoria 20/1
7AsteraceaeEncelia farinosabrittlebush50/940/9
8AsteraceaeEncelia frutescensbutton encelia 2/1
9AsteraceaeEricameria brachylepisboundary goldenbush 20/3
10AsteraceaeGnaphalium luteo-album*common cudweed 30/9
11AsteraceaeHymenoclea salsola var. salsolacheesebush30/950/9
12AsteraceaeIsocoma acradenia var. eremophilasolitary-leaved alkali goldenbush 1/1
13AsteraceaeLactuca serriola*prickly lettuce 1/1
14AsteraceaeMalacothrix glabrata?desert dandelion?3/1 
15AsteraceaePalafoxia arida var. aridadesert needle 30/9
16AsteraceaePerityle emoryiEmory's rock-daisy 1/1
17AsteraceaePluchea sericeaarrow-weed 99/9
18AsteraceaeSonchus oleraceus*sow thistle 30/9
19AsteraceaeStephanomeria pauciflora var. pauciflorawire-lettuce 30/9
20BignoniaceaeChilopsis linearis ssp. arcuatadesert-willow 30/9
21BoraginaceaeCryptantha sp.cryptantha99/9 
22BoraginaceaeTiquilia plicataplicate coldenia 30/2
23BrassicaceaeBrassica tournefortii*Asian mustard10/399/9
24BrassicaceaeDithyrea californicaspectacle-pod 1/1
25BrassicaceaeSisymbrium irio*London rocket 20/9
26BrassicaceaeSisymbrium orientale*Oriental mustard 20/9
27CactaceaeFerocactus cylindraceusCalifornia barrel cactus 10/2
28CactaceaeMammillaria dioicafish-hook cactus1/1 
29CactaceaeOpuntia basilaris var. basilarisbeavertail cactus3/3 
30CactaceaeOpuntia bigeloviiteddy-bear cholla99/999/9
31CactaceaeOpuntia ganderiGander's cholla99/999/9
32CapparaceaeIsomeris arboreabladderpod 2/2
33ChenopodiaceaeAtriplex lentiformisbig saltbush 1/1
34ChenopodiaceaeAtriplex polycarpacattle saltbush 20/5
35CuscutaceaeCuscuta californica var. papillosapapillate dodder20/91/1
36Euphorbiaceae~Chamaesyce polycarpa~small-seeded spurge99/950/9
37EuphorbiaceaeCroton californicusCalifornia croton 30/2
38EuphorbiaceaeStillingia linearifolialinear-leaved stillingia5/2 
39FabaceaeAcacia greggiicatclaw 2/1
40FabaceaeLupinus concinnusbajada lupine 1/1
41FabaceaeMelilotus sp.*non-native clover 99/9
42FabaceaeProsopis glandulosa var. torreyanahoney mesquite 20/9
43FabaceaePsorothamnus emoryiEmory's indigo-bush 20/5
44FabaceaePsorothamnus schottiiindigo bush30/930/9
45FabaceaePsorothamnus spinosussmoke tree 10/5
46FouquieriaceaeFouquieria splendens ssp. splendensocotillo99/950/9
47GeraniaceaeErodium cicutarium*redstem filaree30/599/9
48Hydrophyllaceae~Phacelia distans~common phacelia 20/1
49KrameriaceaeKrameria grayiwhite rhatany20/940/9
50LamiaceaeHyptis emoryidesert lavender1/110/9
51LoasaceaePetalonyx thurberi ssp. thurberiThurber's sandpaper-plant 50/9
52MalvaceaeSphaeralcea ambigua var. ambiguaapricot mallow 1/1
53MalvaceaeSphaeralcea ambigua var. rosacearosy apricot mallow 1/1
54NyctaginaceaeMirabilis bigelovii var. retrorsawishbone plant 1/1
55OnagraceaeCamissonia californicaCalifornia suncup99/930/9
56PolygonaceaeEriogonum fasciculatum var. polifoliumCalifornia buckwheat 1/1
57PolygonaceaeEriogonum inflatumdesert trumpet3/1 
58Portulacaceae~Calyptridium monandrum~sand cress2/1 
59SalicaceaeSalix exiguanarrowleaf willow 20/2
60SalicaceaeSalix gooddingiiblack willow 1/1
61ScrophulariaceaeVeronica anagallis-aquatica*water speedwell 99/9
62SimmondsiaceaeSimmondsia chinensisjojoba 5/1
63SolanaceaeDatura discolordesert thornapple 10/3
64SolanaceaeDatura wrightiisacred datura 1/1
65TamaricaceaeTamarix sp.*tamarisk 10/3
66ViscaceaePhoradendron californicumdesert mistletoe 20/2
67ZygophyllaceaeLarrea tridentatacreosote bush99/999/9
68EphedraceaeEphedra californicadesert tea 10/9
69CyperaceaeCyperus odoratusfragrant flatsedge 20/2
70CyperaceaeScirpus americanusAmerican tule 20/1
71JuncaceaeJuncus xiphioidesiris-leaved rush 2/1
72LiliaceaeAgave desertidesert agave 50/2
73LiliaceaeHesperocallis undulatadesert lily2/2 
74PoaceaeCynodon dactylon*Bermuda grass 10/1
75PoaceaeLeptochloa uninerviaMexican sprangletop 50/9
76PoaceaePhragmites australiscommon reed 20/1
77PoaceaePleuraphis rigidabig galleta30/9 
78PoaceaePolypogon monspeliensis*rabbits-foot grass 30/3
79PoaceaeSchismus sp.*Mediterranean schismus20/9 
80TyphaceaeTypha domingensissouthern cattail 50/3

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