Plant Guide to Brown Mountain Fire Road, San Gabriel Mountains

This is a working list, about which we make no guarantees at all until we officially release it. Use at your own risk!

Introduction and Explanation of Plant Trail Guides

Introduction
Highlights of This Trail
Fieldwork Dates and Summary of List Changes With Time
The Plant Guide
Comments On Specific Species

Introduction

Highlights of This Trail

The botanical highlights of this trail are:

Number of Unique Taxa On This Trail

The following histogram gives the number of trails in our database that contain each taxon on this trail. We had 38 trails in our database when this histogram was made. A number of "1" means the taxon has only been found on this trail among the trails in our database.

Number of Trails
Containing A Taxon
Number Of Taxa
On This Trail
% of Taxa
On This Trail
199%
277%
31616%
41010%
544%
655%
766%
811%
977%
1033%
1144%
1233%
1322%
1444%
1555%
1622%
1777%
1833%
1911%
2033%
2111%
Total Taxa103100%

We found 19 additional species not in the above table, since they have not been identified yet. The unidentified ones are marked with ? or sp in the id? column in the guide.

Fieldwork Dates and Summary of List Changes With Time

The following table gives the dates the trail was walked and taxa recorded. After each visit, the table gives the total number of taxa on the list and the breakdown of the taxa without positive identification. See Explanation of Plant Trail Guides to understand the symbols below.

Visit DateVisit ## taxa# "?"# "sp"# "~"# "ssp"
1/30/20021122181512
1/9/20032122141150

The Plant Guide

Miles#id?Common NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00   Guide begins at northeast corner of Millard Campground parking lot, taking the path northwest of the paved entrance road.
0.00r1 coast live oakQuercus agrifolia var. agrifolia / 17
0.00r2~*slender wild oatsAvena barbata+ / 9
0.00r3 *common chickweedStellaria media / 4
0.00r4spminer's lettuceClaytonia sp. /  
0.03r5 *redstem filareeErodium cicutarium / 14
0.00r6~*bur chervilAnthriscus caucalis / 3
0.00r7 *Australian brass-buttonsCotula australis / 3
0.00l8 *smilo grassPiptatherum miliaceum / 9
0.00l9 *black locustRobinia pseudoacacia / 4
0.00r10 *Aleppo pinePinus halapensis / 2
0.00  ~(~Canary Island pine, ~Pinus canariensis)
0.00l11 *petty spurgeEuphorbia peplus / 2
0.00l12?unk "like Crete weed leaves"
0.00l13 California bayUmbellularia californica / 4
0.00l14 *henbitLamium amplexicaule / 3
0.00l15 common bedstrawGalium aparine / 5
0.01l16 poison oakToxicodendron diversilobum / 16
0.01l17 mule fatBaccharis salicifolia / 17
0.01r18 *shortpod mustardHirschfeldia incana / 20
0.01   Cross small drainage.
0.01r19 branching phaceliaPhacelia ramosissima var. latifolia / 7
0.01l20?unk brassica like at lower arroyo seco.
0.01l21 *white goosefootChenopodium album / 7
0.00l22 *shepherd's purseCapsella bursa-pastoris / 3
0.01 23?*smooth cat's earHypochaeris glabra / 6
0.02r24 *Bermuda buttercupOxalis pes-caprae / 3
0.02l25 California buckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum / 21
0.00l26 mugwortArtemisia douglasiana / 14
0.03l27 white alderAlnus rhombifolia / 4
0.03l28 *Mediterranean pygmy-weedCrassula tillaea / 3
0.03r29 California poppyEschscholzia californica / 9
0.00r30~*windmill pinkSilene gallica / 6
0.04l31 laurel sumacMalosma laurina / 16
0.04l32 tarragonArtemisia dracunculus / 14
0.05   Jct. with road into Millard Campground.
0.05l33 *nasturtiumTropaeolum majus / 3
0.05 34 *little horseweedConyza bonariensis / 5
0.05 35 common sunflowerHelianthus annuus / 4
0.06r36 naturalized Aeonium hybridAeonium hybrid /  
0.06r  (jade plant, Crassula ovata)
0.07r37 short-leaved cliff-asterMalacothrix saxatilis var. tenuifolia / 4
0.07r38 golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum / 4
0.07r39 California chicoryRafinesquia californica / 4
0.07r40 southern wild-cucumberMarah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus / 13
0.07r41 wild sweetpeaLathyrus vestitus var. vestitus / 3
0.07r42 bicolored everlastingGnaphalium bicolor / 9
0.07r43 California brickelliaBrickellia californica / 15
0.07r44 bush monkeyflowerMimulus aurantiacus / 18
0.07 45 hollyleaf redberryRhamnus ilicifolia / 18
0.07r46 prickly phloxLeptodactylon californicum / 2
0.07r47spfarewell-to-springclarkia sp. /  
0.08r48?goldback fernPentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis / 6
0.08r  (California sagebrush, Artemisia californica)
0.08r  (rosette of lvs that is probably horseweed)
0.08 49 *Chinese elmUlmus parvifolia / 1
0.09r50 *eupatoryAgeratina adenophora / 3
0.09r51 hillside gooseberryRibes californicum var. hesperium / 2
0.09   Cross small drainage.
0.10r52 white nightshadeSolanum douglasii / 6
0.11r  Jct. signed "Sunset Ridge Trail 12W18; Jct. Mt. Lowe Road 0.8 mi [right]; Jct. Echo Mountain Trail 3.3 mi [right]; Millard Falls [left]".
0.11l  Sign: "Angeles National Forest Campground: Millard". Enter Millard Campground.
0.12l53 *African SumacRhus lancea / 1
0.13r  Angeles National Forest Map
0.13r  Toilets.
0.14r  Trailer for campground host; plantings here ignored for this guide.
0.15r  Jct. Trail to Millard Falls
0.16   Cross stream from waterfall.
0.16l54 *Spanish broomSpartium junceum / 3
0.16l55 *greater periwinkleVinca major / 4
0.16l56 *tree tobaccoNicotiana glauca / 7
0.17r57 coffee fernPellaea andromedifolia / 10
0.17r58 California polypodyPolypodium californicum / 3
0.17r59?fern like lace fern, but with short petioles
0.17r60sp*creeping woodsorrelOxalis corniculata / 1
0.18 61 *common beggar-ticksBidens pilosa var. pilosa / 1
0.18l62 canyon live oakQuercus chrysolepis / 11
0.18r63 California sagebrushArtemisia californica / 20
0.18r64~erect goldenasterHeterotheca sessiliflora ssp. fastigiata / 3
0.18r65 birch-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides / 10
0.19r66 heartleaf penstemonKeckiella cordifolia / 11
0.19r67 telegraph weedHeterotheca grandiflora / 15
0.19l  erect goldenasterHeterotheca sessiliflora ssp. fastigiata+ /  
0.19l68 white everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum / 17
0.19l69spneedlegrassNassella sp. /  
0.19l70spfescueVulpia sp. /  
0.19l  hollyleaf redberryRhamnus ilicifolia+ /  
0.20   Jct. private road on left; our road turns right 90°.
0.21r71 California suncupCamissonia californica / 5
0.22r72 black sageSalvia mellifera / 18
0.22r73 San Gabriel Mtns. leather oakQuercus durata var. gabrielensis / 1
0.22r74 long-stemmed buckwheatEriogonum elongatum var. elongatum / 8
0.22r75~narrowleaf bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. angustifolium / 19
0.24r76 deerweedLotus scoparius var. scoparius / 10
0.26l77spdodderCuscuta sp. /  
0.26   horseweedConyza canadensis+ / 12
0.26 78 *red bromeBromus madritensis ssp. rubens / 17
0.26 79 *tocaloteCentaurea melitensis / 17
0.26 80 *horehoundMarrubium vulgare / 11
0.26   Cross under telephone and power lines.
0.26l  Jct. trail.
0.28r  (narrow-leaf four-wing saltbush, Atriplex canescens ssp. linearis)
0.29r  (chamise, Adenostoma fasciculatum)
0.29r81 creek senecioSenecio flaccidus var. douglasii / 5
0.29r82 chaparral yuccaYucca whipplei ssp. parishii / 7
0.30r83 narrow-leaf four-wing saltbushAtriplex canescens ssp. linearis / 1
0.32 84 saw-toothed goldenbushHazardia squarrosa var. grindelioides / 15
0.32r85 southern honeysuckleLonicera subspicata var. denudata / 17
0.33b86 sugar bushRhus ovata / 13
0.34 87 elegant rock-cressArabis sparsiflora / 2
0.35l88 toyonHeteromeles arbutifolia / 20
0.36 89 *bush spurgeEuphorbia characias / 1
0.37 90 white sageSalvia apiana / 15
0.37r91 shadscaleAtriplex confertifolia / 1
0.38   Cross small drainage.
0.39r92 *castor beanRicinus communis / 6
0.39l93 *rosemaryRosmarinus officinalis / 2
0.39r94 arroyo willowSalix lasiolepis / 17
0.40   Road curves right 90°
0.43l95 gray sageSalvia apiana X S. mellifera / 1
0.44   Road curves left 90°; cross drainage.
0.44 96 *common sow thistleSonchus oleraceus / 9
0.46 97?*common Mediterranean grass?Schismus barbatus / 3
0.47r  (giant needlegrass, Achnatherum coronatum, upslope.)
0.49l98 bristly goldenasterHeterotheca sessiliflora ssp. echioides / 4
0.50r99 giant needlegrassAchnatherum coronatum / 12
0.50l  Turnout in road.
0.54l100 hoaryleaf ceanothusCeanothus crassifolius / 7
0.54l  Turnout in road.
0.54r101 chamiseAdenostoma fasciculatum / 15
0.58 102spcommon phaceliaPhacelia distans / 2
0.58   *slender wild oatsAvena barbata+ /  
0.58 103 chaparral whitethornCeanothus leucodermis / 9
0.59   Cross small drainage.
0.59 104?unk annual grass like wheatgrass or italian rye
0.59   Can see Channel Islands, San Joaquin Hills, Signal Hill from here
0.71   Turnout in road.
0.77 105?annual like catchfly
0.77   Local high point on road
0.79 106spMariposa lily
0.85r  Jct. road to "beehives" area.
0.86   Another hybrid sage?
0.87 107 California buckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium / 11
1.04   Jct. El Prieto Road. Sign: "Millard Campground 1 mi; Sunset Ridge 2 mi" (directed along the way we've come so far).
1.10 108?small-flowered melicaMelica imperfecta / 14
1.11 109?unk scroph
1.12 110spgoldback fern sans goldback
1.13 111 southern California dudleyaDudleya lanceolata / 9
1.13 112?peppergrass or bitter cress?
1.13 113 *milk thistleSilybum marianum / 3
1.17 114 California wood fernDryopteris arguta / 3
1.18 115 giant wild ryeLeymus condensatus / 12
1.18 116spsnowberrySymphoricarpos mollis? /  
1.18 117?unk fern like goldback
1.25 118 knobcone pinePinus attenuata / 3
1.25 119 California blackberryRubus ursinus / 7
1.25 120?unk cedar 1
1.25 121?unk cedar 2
1.26   Jct. side road to ??; take it to water tank.
1.27 122spunk willow

Comments On Specific Species

Avena barbata. The id comes from the specimen at mile 0.58; the id for the specimen at mile 0.00 still needs to be determined.

Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp. fastigiata and Conyza canadensis. The second entry for each of these species will only be counted as a separate new species if the previous specimens turn out to be different species.

Rhamnus ilicifolia. The first occurrence wasn't located on 1/9/03, so the next occurrence was noted.


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Updated 10 January 2003 (added off-trail Pinus canariensis on 10/8/07, thanks to Michael Charters)