Checklist for
Skunk Cabbage Meadow,
San Jacinto Mountains

Fig. 1. The "white dots" in boggy parts of Skunk Cabbage Meadow change with time.
On the left are pictures from 26 July 2011, showing the flowers of Epilobium oregonense. Hall commented in his 1902 flora that its flowers [are] rather conspicuous for so small a plant, ... [that is] only six inches high.
On the right are pictures from 30 August 2010, showing the flowers of Perideridia parishii. Hall left San Jacinto on 7 August 1901, so possibly never saw the "changing of the guard" in the meadows.
The pictures are not to the same scale; the Juncus macrandrus inflorescences and leaves in both top pictures can be used as a relative scale.
Click on the pictures to get larger versions.

Analysis and Numerology of Taxa Found in Tahquitz Valley Meadows
Notes on Some Vouchered Species
Species To Be Looked For
Plant Checklist


This page gives a plant checklist for Skunk Cabbage Meadow, and also includes species from the other named meadows in Tahquitz Valley. We include plants found in those meadows to give a more complete checklist of the meadows in Tahquitz Valley. This checklist can be used to note which species should be looked for in Skunk Cabbage Meadow, and the other meadows in Tahquitz Valley.

Note that the checklists for every one of these meadows is incomplete, due to insufficient surveys, and that there is considerable unevenness in the checklists for different meadows.

Skunk Cabbage Meadow has had the most survey work done for it. However, as detailed in Table 1, the total amount of survey time has been small, and most of those surveys were conducted late in the year.

Table 1. Survey Dates and Survey Times for Skunk Cabbage Meadow

#Date# hoursParticipants
120 June 20081.0Tom Chester, Dave Stith, James Dillane
221 October 20091.0Tom Chester, Dave Stith
325 October 20091.3Tom Chester, Dave Stith, William Schlegel
423 July 20101.0Dave Stith
530 August 20104.0Tom Chester, Dave Stith, Krista Adamek
630 September 20110.6Tom Chester, Dave Stith, Keir Morse
711 October 20114.2Tom Chester, Dave Stith, Erik Blume
All 13.1 

The checklist for Skunk Cabbage Meadow is also the most-narrowly defined, containing just those species found within Skunk Cabbage Meadow itself, or in the immediate vicinity of the edge of the meadow.

For example, species in the bracken forest along the Willow Creek Trail 0.08 miles (= 400 feet = 125 m) above the meadow proper (as shown on the topo map) are not included, nor are species found in Candy's Creek below the meadow proper. The area in Candy's Creek is clearly not part of the meadow, although it is nearby. However, it is less clear whether to consider the bracken forest above Skunk Cabbage Meadow as being part of the meadow or not.

Analysis and Numerology of Taxa Found in Tahquitz Valley Meadows

See Analysis and Numerology of Taxa Found in Tahquitz Valley Meadows.

Notes on Some Vouchered Species

Species To Be Looked For

The most commonly found species in the other meadows, that have not yet been found by us at Skunk Cabbage Meadow, along with the species vouchered from Skunk Cabbage Meadow that we haven't seen, are given in Table 5. The first column gives the number of other meadows containing that species. The second column indicates whether it has been vouchered from Skunk Cabbage Meadow.

Table 5. Species To Be Looked For in Skunk Cabbage Meadow

# MeadowsVouchered in SCMName
3 Aquilegia formosa
3 Prunus emarginata
3 Sagina saginoides
3 Salix lutea
2VHelenium bigelovii
1VEpilobium densiflorum
1VMalaxis monophyllos ssp. brachypoda
1VPenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii
1VRanunculus alismifolius var. alismellus
1VSpiranthes romanzoffiana

Plant Checklist

For the latest checklist that includes all the Tahquitz Valley Meadows, see Flora of the Meadows of Tahquitz Valley.

For a shorter print version that just includes the number of plants for Skunk Cabbage Meadow, see html (4 pages) or pdf Clickbook booklet (1 double-sided page). (See printing instructions for an explanation of these options).

We thank Krista Adamek, James Dillane, William Schlegel, Erik Blume and Keir Morse for their help with some of the surveys of Skunk Cabbage Meadow, as detailed in Table 1.

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Last update: 12 August 2018