Plant Guide to South Gate to Temecula Gorge, Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve

miles#idCommon NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00   Begin guide at parking lot below South Field Station, elevation ~560 feet (170 m); only a few notable species not found subsequently are given here until the end of the orchard.
0.10   South Field Station
 l  *roundleaf fluellinKickxia spuria5 / 1 
 l  *feather finger grassChloris virgata20 / 1 
0.43   End of orchard; elevation ~650 feet (200 m); begin guide at the coast live oak and descend to Stone Creek.
0.43l  (Mohave yucca, Yucca schidigera)
0.43l  (bush monkeyflower, Mimulus aurantiacus)
0.43l  (Torrey's scrub oak, Quercus acutidens)
0.43l1 coast live oakQuercus agrifolia var. agrifolia30 / 542
V0.43r2 *rattail fescueVulpia myuros var. myuros / 20
0.43l3 short-winged deerweedLotus scoparius var. brevialatus30 / 922
0.43l4 *shortpod mustardHirschfeldia incana99 / 951
N0.43l5 *red bromeBromus madritensis ssp. rubens99 / 952
0.43l6 *redstem filareeErodium cicutarium99 / 955
0.43l7 popcorn flowerCryptantha intermedia99 / 927
V0.43l8 *Mediterranean schismusSchismus barbatus99 / 922
0.43l9 threadstemPterostegia drymarioides10 / 230
0.43b10 chiaSalvia columbariae99 / 921
0.43r11 *ripgut bromeBromus diandrus / 51
0.43l12 chaparral yuccaYucca whipplei20 / 931
0.43l13 *slender wild oatsAvena barbata / 39
0.43c14 dove weedEremocarpus setigerus / 24
V0.43b15 eucryptaEucrypta chrysanthemifolia var. chrysanthemifolia99 / 925
0.43r16 *little horseweedConyza bonariensis / 16
0.43r17 *prickly lettuceLactuca serriola / 42
0.43r18 *sow thistleSonchus oleraceus / 41
N0.43r19 *common cudweedGnaphalium luteo-album30 / 116
0.43r20 *smooth cat's earHypochaeris glabra / 35
0.43r21 wild grapeVitis girdiana99 / 27
0.43l22 California sagebrushArtemisia californica99 / 947
0.43r23 California suncupCamissonia californica99 / 320
0.43l24 silver puffsUropappus lindleyi / 26
0.43l25 leafy daisyErigeron foliosus var. foliosus / 43
0.43l26 coast-range melicMelica imperfecta50 / 543
0.44l27 laurel sumacMalosma laurina99 / 942
0.44l28 black sageSalvia mellifera50 / 940
0.44l29 blue elderberrySambucus mexicana1 / 148
0.44l30 golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum / 55
0.44l31 narrowleaf bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. angustifolium5 / 548
N0.44r32 *gazaniaGazania X (mounding hybrid)1 / 16
N0.44r33~rattlesnake weedDaucus pusillus / 28
0.44r34 *California burcloverMedicago polymorpha99 / 540
0.44r35 *common groundselSenecio vulgaris99 / 918
0.44r36 white sageSalvia apiana50 / 938
N0.44r37 coyote bushBaccharis pilularis5 / 325
V0.44r38 bush monkeyflowerMimulus aurantiacus10 / 542
0.44r39 *English plantainPlantago lanceolata50 / 119
Nl40~soap plantChlorogalum pomeridianum var. pomeridianum10 / 118
 l41 California poppyEschscholzia californica / 29
 r  *Check for first windmill pink, Silene gallica, here or later
0.46r  (nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus.)
0.46r  Jct. another orchard road.
0.46l  (chamise, Adenostoma fasciculatum)
0.47b42 sugar bushRhus ovata10 / 325
0.47l43 hollyleaf redberryRhamnus ilicifolia5 / 543
0.47b44 southern honeysuckleLonicera subspicata var. denudata50 / 940
0.47b45 collar lupineLupinus truncatus50 / 224
0.47r46 bristly bird's beakCordylanthus rigidus ssp. setigerus / 26
N0.47l47 Torrey's scrub oakQuercus acutidens50 / 926
0.47b48 San Diego peaLathyrus vestitus var. alefeldii20 / 921
N0.47r49 California buckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum99 / 951
0.47   old gate
0.47r50 California everlastingGnaphalium californicum / 42
0.48l51 saw-toothed goldenbushHazardia squarrosa var. grindelioides99 / 935
0.48r52 poison oakToxicodendron diversilobum99 / 943
0.48r53 basketbushRhus trilobata3 / 124
0.48   Jct. Road (the old Stagecoach Lane) at Stone Creek, elevation 580', turn left
0.48l54 toyonHeteromeles arbutifolia9 / 944
0.48r55 western ragweedAmbrosia psilostachya99 / 536
N0.48r56 California bromeBromus carinatus var. carinatus20 / 224
N0.48l57 Pacific sanicleSanicula crassicaulis50 / 320
0.49r58 heartleaf penstemonKeckiella cordifolia20 / 227
0.49r59 mugwortArtemisia douglasiana30 / 528
N0.49 60 *Crete weedHedypnois cretica99 / 319
0.49r61 California blackberryRubus ursinus20 / 213
N0.49r62 triangular-fruit sedgeCarex triquetra99 / 217
0.49l63 checkerbloomSidalcea malviflora ssp. sparsifolia20 / 425
0.50r64 giant wild-ryeLeymus condensatus20 / 527
0.50r65 California wild roseRosa californica20 / 511
N0.51r66~virgin's bowerClematis lasiantha10 / 36
0.51r67 western sycamorePlatanus racemosa30 / 427
N0.52r68 climbing bedstrawGalium nuttallii ssp. nuttallii20 / 930
0.52r  (6 foot high San Diego sedge, Carex spissa, across stream)
0.52r69~Emory's baccharisBaccharis emoryi3 / 28
0.52r70 San Diego morning-gloryCalystegia macrostegia ssp. tenuifolia50 / 918
0.52l71 Parish's purple nightshadeSolanum parishii10 / 920
0.53r72 red willowSalix laevigata6 / 321
0.53r73 silky lotusLotus heermannii var. heermannii5 / 36
0.53r74 southern miner's lettuceClaytonia perfoliata ssp. mexicana / 25
0.53l75 stinging lupineLupinus hirsutissimus2 / 215
V0.53b76 white everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum3 / 336
0.54r77 arroyo willowSalix lasiolepis2 / 234
0.54b78 blue dicksDichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum99 / 946
0.54 79 California dodderCuscuta californica var. californica / 17
0.54l80 California oxalisOxalis albicans ssp. pilosa1 / 11
0.54l81 wild canterbury bellsPhacelia minor99 / 921
N0.54l82 California chalk lettuceDudleya pulverulenta ssp. pulverulenta20 / 110
V0.54l83 bicolored everlastingGnaphalium bicolor3 / 329
0.54r84 mule fatBaccharis salicifolia20 / 540
N0.54 85 blue wildryeElymus glaucus ssp. glaucus20 / 321
0.54l86 coffee fernPellaea andromedifolia5 / 222
0.54l87 Bigelow's spike-mossSelaginella bigelovii20 / 119
N0.54l88 *white-stemmed filareeErodium moschatum5 / 120
0.55l89 meally white pincushionChaenactis artemisiifolia10 / 114
V0.55l90 yellow pincushionChaenactis glabriuscula var. glabriuscula10 / 113
0.55l91 Coulter's lupineLupinus sparsiflorus10 / 111
0.55l  Interesting weathering of rock on cliff, called "tafoni", "honeycomb" or "alveolar" weathering. How it forms is not known.
0.55l92 wide-throated yellow monkeyflowerMimulus brevipes5 / 112
0.55 93 *soft chessBromus hordeaceus / 40
v0.55l94 southern suncupCamissonia bistorta10 / 111
0.56l95 bird's-foot fernPellaea mucronata var. mucronata4 / 430
0.56l96?snapdragon campion?Silene antirrhina? /  
0.56l97 odoraPorophyllum gracile10 / 26
0.56l98 California four o'clockMirabilis californica20 / 923
0.56l99 California chicoryRafinesquia californica2 / 222
0.56r100 brackenPteridium aquilinum var. pubescens20 / 19
V0.58r101 *smilo grassPiptatherum miliaceum50 / 219
0.58r  (San Diego sedge, Carex spissa)
0.58r102 telegraph weedHeterotheca grandiflora30 / 335
0.58 103 *sourcloverMelilotus indicus30 / 224
0.58   Cut bank for microrhiza association with coast live oak research
V0.58b104 horseweedConyza canadensis / 35
V0.58b105 slender wreathplantStephanomeria exigua ssp. deanei99 / 913
N0.58l106 *prickly sow thistleSonchus asper ssp. asper1 / 130
0.59r107 branching phaceliaPhacelia ramosissima var. latifolia20 / 434
0.59r ~(~leather root, ~Hoita macrostachya; rigid hedge-nettle, Stachys ajugoides var. rigida)
0.59r108 hoaryleaf ceanothusCeanothus crassifolius20 / 912
N0.59r109 Ramona lilacCeanothus tomentosus var. olivaceus20 / 59
0.59r  (Check for autumn willowweed, Epilobium brachycarpum)
0.60l110 goldenrodSolidago californica20 / 235
0.63l111?unk. branched plant, leafy infl with capsule seedEustoma exaltatum? /  
N0.66b112 *Italian thistleCarduus pycnocephalus6 / 321
0.68r  Erosion claimed the road here in 2004, which was repaired then.
0.68r113 chaparral bush mallowMalacothamnus fasciculatus4 / 414
  114~caterpillar phaceliaPhacelia cicutaria var. hispida / 16
 l115 angel's giliaGilia angelensis5 / 114
 l  (woodrat's nest)
0.70r  (pampas grass, Cortaderia jubata, in Stone Creek)
0.72   Cross small creek draining into Stone Creek
0.74l116 red maidsCalandrinia ciliata1 / 118
0.75   Leave shade of Stone Creek; elevation ~640 feet (195 m)
0.75r117 purple headAcourtia microcephala1 / 119
N0.75l118 *nit grassGastridium ventricosum / 24
0.75l119 slender tarweedHemizonia fasciculata99 / 917
N0.75l120~Robinson's pepper-grassLepidium virginicum var. robinsonii5 / 17
0.75l121 California plantainPlantago erecta99 / 913
0.75l122 San Diego birdsfoot lotusLotus hamatus / 24
0.75l123 three spotOsmadenia tenella5 / 113
0.75l124 splendid mariposa lilyCalochortus splendens50 / 219
0.75 125 *tocaloteCentaurea melitensis99 / 945
0.75l126 California matchweedGutierrezia californica99 / 94
0.76l127spclarkiaClarkia sp. /  
0.76l128 *Russian thistleSalsola tragus99 / 925
0.76r129 chamiseAdenostoma fasciculatum99 / 937
0.78r130 California-asterLessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia20 / 551
0.80r131 *narrowleaf filagoFilago gallica10 / 145
v0.80l132~slender-pod jewelflowerCaulanthus heterophyllus var. pseudosimulans / 3
N0.80l133 slender combseedPectocarya linearis ssp. ferocula99 / 95
0.80l134 small-seeded spurgeChamaesyce polycarpa10 / 213
0.82r135 strigose lotusLotus strigosus10 / 233
0.83l  Jct. Tourmaline Mine Road; elevation ~680 feet (205 m)
0.83r  Check for navarretia here.
V0.83r136 wild-cucumberMarah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus10 / 944
0.84r137 foothill needlegrassNassella lepida1 / 120
V0.85l138 snapdragon campionSilene antirrhina / 7
0.85l  Field of splendid Mariposa lily, Calochortus splendens
v0.86l139 bajada lupineLupinus concinnus5 / 111
0.87   Cross small creek draining into Stone Creek
0.87l140 San Diego sedgeCarex spissa50 / 25
V0.87b141 basket rushJuncus textilis+20 / 15
0.88l142 littleseed muhlyMuhlenbergia microsperma50 / 32
N0.88b143 Vasey's prickly-pearOpuntia vaseyi5 / 124
0.88r144 mission manzanitaXylococcus bicolor40 / 914
N0.88r145 *wild oatsAvena fatua / 26
v0.91l146 cane bluestemBothriochloa barbinodis1 / 12
0.91r  A Torrey oak, Q. acutidens, showing its more Engelman phase.
0.94r147 slender sunflowerHelianthus gracilentus20 / 213
0.95   Cross small creek draining into Stone Creek
0.95l  Cluster of slender sunflowers, Helianthus gracilentus.
0.99l  Woodrat's nest
1.00   Cross small drainage going into Stone Creek; road bends to right
N1.01l148 *pampas grassCortaderia jubata1 / 12
V1.01r149 south coast morning-gloryCalystegia macrostegia ssp. intermedia1 / 119
1.03l  Woodrat's nest
1.04l  A small rockfall that occurred in 2003.
1.04l150 giant needlegrassAchnatherum coronatum3 / 322
1.05l  morning-glory hybrid, intergrade between Calystegia macrostegia ssp. tenuifolia and ssp. intermedia.
1.05b151 sweetbushBebbia juncea var. aspera5 / 28
1.05   Cross broad small drainage
N1.06l152 six-weeks three-awnAristida adscensionis5 / 14
1.07r  Cross head of small drainage
1.10   Cross broad small drainage
1.11l153 fringed spineflowerChorizanthe fimbriata var. fimbriata2 / 17
N1.14 154 *goldentopLamarckia aurea / 21
1.16r  (chaparral beard-tongue, Keckiella antirrhinoides var. antirrhinoides)
1.16   Cross broad small drainage
1.19l155 chaparral beard-tongueKeckiella antirrhinoides var. antirrhinoides3 / 210
1.25   Cross very small broad drainage
1.28l156 California filagoFilago californica99 / 221
1.29   Cross broad small drainage
1.34l  Jct. Red Mountain Truck Trail
v1.37r157 cotton-batting plantGnaphalium stramineum / 15
1.37 158 pygmy-weedCrassula connata20 / 128
1.43   Enter inholding (Clegg parcel)
1.54   Leave inholding; Jct. Aqueduct Road; elevation 900 feet (275 m); go left and climb 270 feet (80 m) on the steep Aqueduct Road.
1.59l159 brittlebushEncelia farinosa3 / 26
1.63 160 *fennelFoeniculum vulgare20 / 313
1.99r  Jct. Aqueduct road shortcut; continue on left branch
2.01   End steep section; curve right and continue with a now-slight ascent
2.02l  Jct. Aqueduct road shortcut = Jct. Via Tornado / Red Mountain Truck Trail; continue straight.
2.40   Jct. Rainbow Glen Road; you're now at the peak elevation of 1230 feet (375 m) ; descend left on Via Tornado
2.48r161 San Diego mountain mahoganyCercocarpus minutiflorus5 / 212
2.57r162 Parry's tetracoccusTetracoccus dioicus5 / 12
 l  (common sun rose, Helianthemum scoparium, visible on bank to left of road)
N2.71l163 woolly-fruited lomatiumLomatium dasycarpum ssp. dasycarpum3 / 16
2.71l  Check for unknown herb off trail (purplish leaves, 4-fold alt leaves, 2' high in deep shade)
2.73   Cross drainage
2.83   Cross small drainage
N2.85r164 sand cressCalyptridium monandrum20 / 111
2.92   Jct. Aqueduct Road shortcut; stay right
2.99l  (saltcedar, Tamarix ramosissima, in drainage.)
3.06r  Single trunk form of Q. acutidens.
3.10   Road curves left. Straight ahead is a short detour to the top of the gorge, but without much of a view.
3.10r  Male and female mule fat plants side by side.
3.10 165 *creeping Australian saltbushAtriplex semibaccata5 / 110
V3.14r166 *tree tobaccoNicotiana glauca3 / 119
 l167 cockleburXanthium strumarium3 / 215
3.15l168 California bee plantScrophularia californica ssp. floribunda5 / 117
N3.15l169spmeadow-rueThalictrum fendleri var. polycarpum3 / 16
3.15l170 California brickellbushBrickellia californica20 / 228
3.15   Gate at 1000 feet (305 m) elevation. Descend to Gorge.
3.16l  (California polypody, Polypodium californicum)
3.17   Switchback right.
3.17r171 ladies fingersDudleya edulis30 / 29
3.17r172 California fuchsiaEpilobium canum ssp. canum5 / 220
3.18r173 purple snapdragonAntirrhinum nuttallianum ssp. nuttallianum5 / 118
V3.18l174 pit-seed goosefootChenopodium berlandieri10 / 37
3.18r175 miner's lettuceClaytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata / 22
v3.18r176 hoary bowlesiaBowlesia incana5 / 13
N3.18r177 black-hair nettleHesperocnide tenella2 / 13
V3.18r178 canyon clarkiaClarkia epilobioides20 / 411
3.18r179 twining snapdragonAntirrhinum kelloggii / 7
3.19r180 lanceleaf dudleyaDudleya lanceolata20 / 120
Nl181 *rose cloverTrifolium hirtum / 12
3.22r182 virgin's bowerClematis pauciflora10 / 312
3.23r183 cottony fernCheilanthes newberryi5 / 14
Nl184 cobwebby thistleCirsium occidentale var. occidentale / 10
3.26   Road curves right 90° at ridge.
N3.26r185 goldback fernPentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis3 / 324
Nr186 fire poppyPapaver californicum / 3
3.27r187 Chinese housesCollinsia heterophylla20 / 112
V 188 *hairy rattail fescueVulpia myuros var. hirsuta / 18
Vr189 Bolander's woodland starLithophragma bolanderi / 3
3.28r190?fiddleneck?Amsinckia sp.?20 / 1 
3.29r191 fiesta flowerPholistoma auritum var. auritum99 / 111
3.30r192 southern Indian pinkSilene laciniata ssp. major1 / 120
3.30r  Check for different clover, Trifolium sp..
3.30   Road curves left 45°.
3.35   Cross drainage
3.35r  (California wood fern, Dryopteris arguta)
3.42   Road bottoms at River; switchback left.
3.42r  (coast jepsonia, Jepsonia parryi)
3.42r193 *white sweetcloverMelilotus albus20 / 17
3.42r194 *bermuda grassCynodon dactylon20 / 130
3.42r195 Spanish cloverLotus purshianus var. purshianus5 / 131
3.43r196 sacred daturaDatura wrightii3 / 116
V3.44l197 *annual veldt grassEhrharta longiflora50 / 33
Vl198 *Oriental mustardSisymbrium orientale2 / 112
Nl199 red goosefootChenopodium rubrum2 / 13
 r200 dwarf lupineLupinus bicolor / 29
3.50r201 white alderAlnus rhombifolia2 / 110
N 202 *pineapple weedChamomilla suaveolens5 / 119
  203 *purple wild radishRaphanus sativus / 11
Nr204 *winter vetchVicia villosa ssp. varia5 / 119
N3.56r205 bur-ragweedAmbrosia acanthicarpa1 / 116
N3.56r206 *tumble pigweedAmaranthus albus1 / 111
3.56r207~willow weedPolygonum lapathifolium10 / 11
3.56b208 umbrella sedgeCyperus eragrostis20 / 111
3.56b209 willowherbEpilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum10 / 117
3.56r210 *rabbits-foot grassPolypogon monspeliensis3 / 122
3.56   Road turns right 90° onto concrete river crossing.
3.56l211?*black walnut?Juglans nigra?1 / 1 
3.56   (sand spikerush, Eleocharis montevidensis)
3.56r212~broadleaf cattailTypha latifolia10 / 14
3.56r213?duckweedLemna sp.50 / 11
3.56r214?unk light green floating plant forming 3-6-sided polygons?50 / 1 
3.56r215 water cressRorippa nasturtium-aquaticum50 / 111
N3.56b216 western goldenrodEuthamia occidentalis20 / 12
3.56r217 narrowleaf willowSalix exigua1 / 17
3.56l218 American tuleScirpus americanus20 / 14
3.56l219 California loosestrifeLythrum californicum5 / 11
3.56r220 *celeryApium graveolens3 / 13
3.56r221 knot grassPaspalum distichum5 / 16
3.56   Check for Pluchea odorata.
3.56   SMR flows across concrete road crossing at 775 feet (235 m) elevation.
3.56   Return the same way until reaching the Aqueduct road shortcut
4.20   Jct. Aqueduct road shortcut; take it this time, the rightmost branch.
4.36   Cross drainage
4.36r222 *alfalfaMedicago sativa10 / 12
4.36r223 *saltcedarTamarix ramosissima1 / 13
4.59   Jct. Via Tornado / Red Mountain Truck Trail; turn right, returning the same way you reached this point.
6.61   End of hike at parking lot.
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Last update: 22 August 2005.