Flora of Devils Backbone Trail Area, San Gabriel Mountains

The Flora
Comments On Some Taxa


This Devils Backbone flora is for the route from Baldy Notch to Mt. Baldy, and not the other Devils Backbone trail from Pine and Dawson Peaks.

Limber pine, Pinus flexilis, was removed from this list (the former #7 taxon), since fieldwork on 22 June 2013 failed to find any, and because it appears that the three vouchers of it from Mt. Baldy are either misdetermined or incorrectly georeferenced.

This flora has not yet been updated from other results from that fieldwork.

The Flora

The column Ar marks whether a taxon was present in the voucher list above 7500 feet elevation.

The column #V gives the number of vouchers on the Devils Backbone Trail and its immediate area, including west Baldy, with a maximum of 9 vouchers recorded in that field.

The column Tr notes species remembered as being seen after a hike in August 2004.

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# Famil Scientific Name (*)Common Name Ar #V Tr
1DryopCystopteris fragilis brittle bladder fernX  
2OphioBotrychium crenulatum scalloped moonwortX  
3PteriPellaea mucronata var. californica California cliff-brake 1 
4CupreJuniperus occidentalis var. australis Sierra juniperX9X
5PinacAbies concolor white firX1X
6PinacPinus contorta ssp. murrayana lodgepole pineX9X
8PinacPinus jeffreyi Jeffrey pineX9X
9PinacPinus lambertiana sugar pineX1X
10PinacPinus ponderosa ponderosa pine 1 
11ApiacOreonana vestita woolly mountain-parsleyX9X
12ApocyCycladenia humilis var. venusta showy cycladeniaX9X
13AsterAntennaria dimorpha low pussytoes 3 
14AsterChaenactis santolinoides santolina pincushionX2X
15AsterChrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. consimilis threadleaf common rabbitbrushX X
16AsterCrepis nana dwarf hawksbeard 4X
17AsterErigeron breweri var. jacinteus San Jacinto Mtns. daisyX8 
18AsterErigeron foliosus var. foliosus leafy daisyX  
19AsterEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum golden yarrowX  
20AsterHelenium bigelovii Bigelow's sneezeweed 1 
21AsterHulsea vestita ssp. gabrielensis San Gabriel Mtns. sunflowerX3 
22AsterSenecio ionophyllus Tehachapi ragwort 1 
23AsterTetradymia canescens spineless horsebrush 1 
24BoragCryptantha echinella prickly cryptantha 1 
25BrassArabis breweri var. pecuniaria San Bernardino rock cressX  
26BrassArabis platysperma broad-seeded rock-cressX3X
27BrassCaulanthus amplexicaulis var. amplexicaulis clasping-leaved caulanthusX3X
28BrassDraba corrugata var. corrugata Southern California drabaX9 
29BrassErysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum western wallflowerX  
30BrassSisymbrium officinale *hedge mustard 1 
31CapriSymphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii Parish's snowberryX1 
32CaryoMinuartia nuttallii ssp. gracilis Nuttall's sandwortX9 
33CaryoSilene parishii Parish's campionX4 
34CaryoSilene verecunda ssp. platyota white catch-fly 7 
35EricaArctostaphylos parryana Parry manzanita 1 
36EricaArctostaphylos patula green-leaf manzanitaX2X
37EricaPterospora andromedea pinedrops 1 
38EricaSarcodes sanguinea snow-plant 1 
39FabacAstragalus lentiginosus var. antonius San Antonio milk-vetch 1 
40FabacLotus nevadensis var. davidsonii Davidson's lotus 1 
41FabacLupinus elatus silky lupineX  
42FabacTrifolium obtusiflorum creek clover 1 
43FagacChrysolepis sempervirens bush chinquapinX9X
44GrossRibes cereum var. cereum wax currantX9 
45GrossRibes montigenum mountain gooseberryX9 
46GrossRibes roezlii var. roezlii Sierra gooseberryX3 
47GrossRibes velutinum desert gooseberryX1 
48HydroEriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx smoothleaf yerba santa  X
49HydroPhacelia austromontana southern Sierra phaceliaX5 
50HydroPhacelia davidsonii Davidson's phaceliaX  
51LamiaMonardella cinerea gray monardellaX9X
52LinacLinum usitatissimum *common flaxX  
53LoasaMentzelia dispersa scattered blazing starX  
54LoasaMentzelia laevicaulis giant blazing starX1X
55OnagrEpilobium canum ssp. latifolium mountain California-fuchsiaX3X
56OnagrGayophytum decipiens deceiving gayophytumX2 
57OnagrGayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum groundsmokeX  
58OrobaBoschniakia strobilacea California groundcone 4X
59OrobaOrobanche parishii Parish's broom-rape 2 
60PapavArgemone munita prickly poppyX1X
61PolemGilia ochroleuca ssp. vivida volcanic giliaX  
62PolemLeptodactylon pungens granite prickly phloxX9 
63PolemLinanthus concinnus San Gabriel linanthus 5 
64PolygEriogonum davidsonii Davidson's buckwheatX4X
65PolygEriogonum kennedyi var. alpigenum southern alpine buckwheat 1 
66PolygEriogonum microthecum var. johnstonii Johnston's buckwheatX2 
67PolygEriogonum nudum naked buckwheat  X
68PolygEriogonum saxatile rock buckwheatX9X
69PolygEriogonum umbellatum var. minus alpine sulfur-flowered buckwheatX9X
70PolygEriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum Wright's buckwheatX8X
71PolygPolygonum arenastrum *knotweedX  
72PolygPolygonum argyrocoleon *silver-sheath knotweedX  
73PolygRumex acetosella *common sheep sorrelX  
74PolygRumex salicifolius willow-leaved dockX  
75PortuCalyptridium monospermum pussy pawsX3 
76PortuCalyptridium parryi var. parryi Parry's sand cressX8 
77PortuClaytonia lanceolata var. peirsonii Peirson's spring beauty 2 
78PortuLewisia brachycalyx short-sepaled lewisiaX1 
79PortuLewisia rediviva bitter rootX2 
80RanunThalictrum fendleri var. fendleri Fendler's meadow-rueX  
81RhamnCeanothus cordulatus mountain whitethornX X
82RosacCercocarpus ledifolius curl-leaf mountain-mahoganyX3X
83RosacHolodiscus discolor oceanspray 2 
84RosacHolodiscus microphyllus var. microphyllus mountain sprayX8X
85RosacPotentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa sticky cinquefoilX1 
86RosacPrunus virginiana var. demissa western choke-cherryX2X
87RosacRubus leucodermis white-bark raspberryX  
88RubiaGalium parishii Parish's bedstrawX9X
89SalicSalix lasiolepis arroyo willowX2 
90SalicSalix scouleriana Scouler's willowX  
91SaxifHeuchera abramsii Abrams's alumrootX9X
92SaxifHeuchera elegans urn-flowered alumroot 2 
93SaxifLithophragma tenellum slender woodland starX5 
94ScropAntirrhinum coulterianum Coulter's snapdragonX  
95ScropCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii Martin's paintbrushX  
96ScropCastilleja miniata ssp. miniata giant red paintbrushX  
97ScropCollinsia torreyi var. wrightii Wright's collinsiaX3 
98ScropCordylanthus nevinii Nevin's bird's beakX X
99ScropMimulus cardinalis scarlet monkeyflower 1 
100ScropMimulus johnstonii Johnston's monkeyflowerX4 
101ScropMimulus rubellus little redstem monkeyflower 1 
102ScropPedicularis semibarbata pine lousewort 1X
103ScropPenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii Grinnell's beardtongueX5X
104ScropPenstemon rostriflorus beaked penstemonX2X
105UrticUrtica dioica ssp. holosericea stinging nettleX  
106VerbeVerbena lasiostachys var. lasiostachys western vervainX  
107ViolaViola pinetorum ssp. pinetorum pine violetX6 
108CyperCarex abrupta abrupt-beak sedgeX1 
109CyperCarex aurea golden sedgeX  
110CyperCarex deweyana ssp. leptopoda Dewey's taper-fruit sedge 1 
111CyperCarex hassei saltsedgeX1 
112CyperCarex mariposana Mariposa sedge 1 
113CyperCarex multicostata many-ribbed sedgeX  
114CyperCarex phaeocephala brown-head sedge 4 
115CyperCarex rossii Ross' sedgeX2X
116CyperCarex subfusca brown sedgeX6 
117IridaSisyrinchium bellum blue-eyed grassX  
118JuncaJuncus duranii Duran's rushX  
119LiliaAllium burlewii Burlew's onionX6 
120LiliaAllium monticola San Bernardino Mountain onionX9X
121LiliaCalochortus invenustus plain mariposa lily 4X
122LiliaFritillaria pinetorum pine-woods fritillaryX2 
123LiliaLilium parryi lemon lilyX  
124OrchiEpipactis gigantea stream orchidX  
125OrchiPlatanthera leucostachys white bog orchidX  
126OrchiPlatanthera sparsiflora sparse-flowered bog-orchidX  
127PoaceAchnatherum occidentale ssp. californicum California needlegrassX  
128PoaceAgrostis exarata spike bentgrassX  
129PoaceAgrostis stolonifera *creeping bentgrassX  
130PoaceBromus tectorum *downy brome  X
131PoaceElymus elymoides squirreltail 9 
132PoaceElymus elymoides ssp. brevifolius short-leaved squirreltailX  
133PoaceElymus elymoides ssp. elymoides squirreltailX  
134PoaceElymus trachycaulus ssp. trachycaulus slender wheatgrassX  
135PoaceHordeum vulgare var. trifurcatum *cultivated barley 1 
136PoacePoa secunda ssp. juncifolia rush blue grass 2 

Voucher data provided by the participants of the Consortium of California Herbaria (ucjeps.berkeley.edu/consortium/) on 21 June 2013 for the Backbone vouchers and sometime in 2011 for the Area vouchers.

I thank Jane Strong for reviewing the list and eliminating three vouchered taxa that were unlikely to actually be from this area.

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Last update: 21 June 2013 (limber pine removed on 23 October 2017)