|Another Gilla, with Mentzelia, Bromus, Erodium and Muilla(?)|
Last Monday we were in Kern Canyon, near Hospital Flat Campground and we noticed hardly anything flowering. That same day we went to my study site and a couple of species (about four) were flowering. THEN on Saturday we visited my study site and a couple more species were blooming. The same day we ventured back to Kern Canyon near the same campground and the flowers in the canyon were going (semi) crazy.
Therefore, I hypothesize the Scodies will be in better flowering condition in two weeks.
a) Due to warmer weather in the coming weeks
b) Flowering time is late due to little rainfall
|These drainages are prime habitat for annuals|
However, that is not to say that there are not interesting flowers right now in the Kiavah Wilderness. I found a cute little Lepidium and Allophyllum. Dr. Mark Porter (the Polemoniaceae expert) thought that the Allophyllum collection is very interesting due to phenotypic plasticity. The Allophyllum was not more than an inch tall. I don't have a picture of the Allophyllum because my camera was not cooperating with me due to a dying battery. Next time before going out to the field I'll make sure the camera battery is charged.
There are many seedlings all over the Kiavah Wilderness. Some need more time and others are starting to fruit. From this trip I found that the annuals are flowing in the 4000ft-5200ft elevation range. Anything below 4000ft and the plants are crispy and stressed. Above 5500ft and new sprouts are taking root.
|At 5500 ft under a Pinyon forest canopy. What could theses be!?|
I can't wait to find out.
I'm still waiting for the Joshua Trees to open their flowers (any day now) and the Junipers are fruiting in full force. In a place where little rain has fallen, the driest air I have every experienced and brightst blue skies, it really is a an amazing place to study and be a part of.