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Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Observer

sharenm1

Date

January 26, 2023 03:02 PM PST
Creosote Bush - Photo (c) arbyreed, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
matt_bristol's ID: Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)
Added on January 28, 2023
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Desert Lavender (Condea emoryi)

Observer

lisak1

Date

January 27, 2023 09:26 AM PST
Desert Lavender - Photo no rights reserved, uploaded by Jesse Rorabaugh
matt_bristol's ID: Desert Lavender (Condea emoryi)
Added on January 28, 2023
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Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)

Observer

lisak1

Date

January 27, 2023 09:35 AM PST
Teddybear Cholla - Photo (c) lonnyholmes, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by lonnyholmes
matt_bristol's ID: Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)
Added on January 28, 2023
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Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Observer

jim-bowhay

Date

January 24, 2023 09:43 AM PST
Creosote Bush - Photo (c) arbyreed, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
matt_bristol's ID: Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)
Added on January 28, 2023
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Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

January 24, 2023 12:06 PM PST

Description

Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) A.k.a. Jumping Cholla. The easily detached stem-joints encourage widespread distribution and vegetative reproduction. This cactus has a tree like form with densely spiny branches that grows on rocky alluvial fans in creosote-scrub habitat. Max. height of 6 -8 ft but 3 - 4 ft tall is more typical. Upper parts are straw colored and lower branches and trunk are dark brown. Inconspicuous, small yellowish-green flowers in April. It's widely distributed through the southern Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert where it grows on the lower slopes of alluvial fans, usually below 3000 ft. A large, concentrated colony can be found in the cholla cactus garden in Joshua Tree National Park. Hemostat (pliers) are required to remove these barbed spines from skin or vibram sole hiking boots.

Jepson eFlora https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=80393

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowershttps://borregowildflowers.org/?type=search&searchtype=C&family=&name=Teddybear%20cholla

Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada. Text and photos by Stephen Ingram. Cachuma Press, 2008, pp. 50-51.

Cacti of California, E. Yale Dawson, 1966, 3rd printing 1975, p. 17-18.

Shrubs and Trees of the Southern California Deserts. Jim W. Dole and Betty B. Rose, Foot-loose Press, 1996, pp. 134-135.

California Desert Wildflowers, Philip A Munz, 1962, p. 17-18.

A Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, Derived from Plants http://naeb.brit.org/ (species not listed)

Temalpakh: Cahuilla Indian Knowledge and Usage of Plants, Lowell John Bean and K. Saubel, Malki Museum Press, 1972

CalFlora's Southern California Plant Communities http://www.calflora.net/botanicalnames/plantcommunities.html

Plants of Southern California: Regional Floras http://tchester.org/plants/floras/#abdsp (comprehensive website)

Native and Introduced Plants of Southern California by Tom Chester http://tchester.org/plants/index.html

Teddybear Cholla - Photo (c) lonnyholmes, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by lonnyholmes
matt_bristol's ID: Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)
Added on January 25, 2023
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Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii ssp. engelmannii)

Observer

awpearson92

Date

January 19, 2023 12:52 PM PST
Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus - Photo (c) Dawn Endico, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
matt_bristol's ID: Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii)
Added on January 23, 2023
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Chuparosa (Justicia californica)

Observer

lbaile

Date

January 21, 2023 11:33 AM PST
Chuparosa - Photo (c) Jim Roberts, all rights reserved, uploaded by Jim Roberts
matt_bristol's ID: Chuparosa (Justicia californica)
Added on January 22, 2023
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Sugar Bush (Rhus ovata)

Observer

rogeraines

Date

January 21, 2023 02:12 PM PST
Sugar Bush - Photo (c) Jay Keller, all rights reserved, uploaded by Jay Keller
matt_bristol's ID: Sugar Bush (Rhus ovata)
Added on January 22, 2023
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Chuparosa (Justicia californica)

Observer

pdpare

Date

January 21, 2023 11:33 AM PST
Chuparosa - Photo (c) Jim Roberts, all rights reserved, uploaded by Jim Roberts
matt_bristol's ID: Chuparosa (Justicia californica)
Added on January 22, 2023
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Desert Lavender (Condea emoryi)

Observer

margymiller

Date

January 18, 2023 01:34 PM PST
Desert Lavender - Photo no rights reserved, uploaded by Jesse Rorabaugh
matt_bristol's ID: Desert Lavender (Condea emoryi)
Added on January 19, 2023
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Chuparosa (Justicia californica)

Observer

rhutchings

Date

January 11, 2023 03:31 PM PST
Chuparosa - Photo (c) Jim Roberts, all rights reserved, uploaded by Jim Roberts
matt_bristol's ID: Chuparosa (Justicia californica)
Added on January 16, 2023
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Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Observer

rhutchings

Date

January 14, 2023 12:10 PM PST
Creosote Bush - Photo (c) arbyreed, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
matt_bristol's ID: Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)
Added on January 16, 2023
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Fourwing Saltbush (Atriplex canescens)

Observer

chlorophilia

Date

January 6, 2023 12:47 PM PST
Fourwing Saltbush - Photo (c) jimtietz, all rights reserved
matt_bristol's ID: Fourwing Saltbush (Atriplex canescens)
Added on January 14, 2023
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Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia)

Observer

chlorophilia

Date

January 6, 2023 12:59 PM PST
Joshua Tree - Photo (c) Jim Boone, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Jim Boone
matt_bristol's ID: Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia)
Added on January 14, 2023
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Paperbag Bush (Scutellaria mexicana)

Observer

chlorophilia

Date

January 6, 2023 12:58 PM PST
Paperbag Bush - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Ken-ichi Ueda
matt_bristol's ID: Paperbag Bush (Scutellaria mexicana)
Added on January 14, 2023
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Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera)

Observer

chlorophilia

Date

January 6, 2023 12:59 PM PST
Mojave Yucca - Photo (c) Jay Iwasaki, some rights reserved (CC BY)
matt_bristol's ID: Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera)
Added on January 14, 2023
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Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera)

Observer

chlorophilia

Date

January 6, 2023 12:59 PM PST
Mojave Yucca - Photo (c) Jay Iwasaki, some rights reserved (CC BY)
matt_bristol's ID: Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera)
Added on January 14, 2023
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Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

Observer

jwu

Date

January 14, 2023 09:59 AM PST
Branched Pencil Cholla - Photo (c) larry-heronema, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
matt_bristol's ID: Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)
Added on January 14, 2023
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Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

Observer

cmdv1955

Date

January 9, 2023 09:23 AM PST
Branched Pencil Cholla - Photo (c) larry-heronema, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
matt_bristol's ID: Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)
Added on January 09, 2023
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Smoke Tree (Psorothamnus spinosus)

Observer

eogren

Date

May 8, 2017 07:55 AM PDT
Smoke Tree - Photo (c) Keith Godwin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Keith Godwin
matt_bristol's ID: Smoke Tree (Psorothamnus spinosus)
Added on January 08, 2023
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Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)

Observer

eogren

Date

May 8, 2017 09:33 AM PDT
Ocotillo - Photo (c) Jesús Niño C., some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Jesús Niño C.
matt_bristol's ID: Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)
Added on January 08, 2023
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Burrobush (Ambrosia dumosa)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

December 25, 2022 11:10 AM PST

Description

Burrobush (Ambrosia dumosa) A.k.a. White Bur-Sage. Formerly called Franseria dumosa. Native, perennial plant in the Asteraceae family. It is very common in the creosote-bush scrub plant community throughout the Mojave desert. Herbage is softly canescent-strigose. Stems are stiff and tomentose. Leaves are 1 to 2 cm long and irregularly divided into deep lobes and deep rounded teeth or smaller lobes. The whole leaf surface is crinkled and light gray-green. Flowers. . .

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers (and more) https://borregowildflowers.org/?type=search&searchtype=S&family=&name=Ambrosia%20dumosa

Jepson eFlora https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=823

Baja California Plant Field Guide, Jon P. Rebman, Norman C. Roberts, 3rd. ed, 2012, pp. 127-128.

Shrubs and Trees of the Southern California Deserts. Jim W. Dole and Betty B. Rose, Foot-loose Press, 1996, p. 93.

California Desert Wildflowers, Philip A. Munz, 1975, p. 106. (Formerly called Franseria dumosa.)

Temalpakh: Cahuilla Indian Knowledge and Usage of Plants, Lowell John Bean and K. Saubel, Malki Museum Press, 1972

Plants of Southern California: Regional Floras http://tchester.org/plants/floras/#abdsp (comprehensive website)

Native and Introduced Plants of Southern California by Tom Chester http://tchester.org/plants/index.html

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Coachella Valley Preserve: For thousands of years, particles of sand from the San Bernardino Mountains and Indio Hills washed into the Coachella Valley forming a system of sand dunes. Today, these dunes are part of the Coachella Valley Preserve System, a 20,000-acre sanctuary.
The Coachella Valley Preserve also contains several palm oases that sit on top of San Andreas Fault lines. Underground water rises to the surface through these cracks. California Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera) grow along the cracks where the water seeps up creating a desert oases.
Coachella Valley sits at the convergence of four vast ecological systems - the Colorado (or Sonoran) Desert, the Mojave Desert, and the coastal and peninsular mountain ranges.
https://www.blm.gov/visit/coachella-valley-preserve

Burrobush - Photo (c) Stan Shebs, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
matt_bristol's ID: Burrobush (Ambrosia dumosa)
Added on December 29, 2022
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Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

Observer

cak58958272

Date

December 28, 2022 11:12 AM PST
Branched Pencil Cholla - Photo (c) larry-heronema, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
matt_bristol's ID: Branched Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)
Added on December 29, 2022
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Emory's Rockdaisy (Perityle emoryi)

Observer

pepper4prez

Date

December 28, 2022 10:44 AM PST
Emory's Rockdaisy - Photo (c) sea-kangaroo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), uploaded by sea-kangaroo
matt_bristol's ID: Emory's Rockdaisy (Perityle emoryi)
Added on December 29, 2022
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American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

December 28, 2022 10:11 AM PST

Description

A flock of Wigeons using their wings to scramble up a pond embankment.

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) medium-sized waterfowl that is larger than a teal, but smaller than a pintail. In silhouette, the wigeon can be distinguished from other dabblers by its round head, short neck, and small bill. Both sexes have a pale blue bill with a black tip, a white belly, and gray legs and feet. The breeding male (drake) is a striking bird with green feathers that flare backward from the eyes and a cream-colored cap running from the crown of his head to his bill. This white patch gives the wigeon its other common name, baldpate (pate a.k.a. head). His belly is also white. In flight, drakes can be identified by the large white shoulder patch on each wing. These white patches flash as the birds bank and turn. In nonbreeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female. Hens are much less conspicuous, having primarily gray and brown plumage.
American Wigeons are versatile in foraging. Flocks often feed on land eating grass or grass seeds. They feed in shallow water, taking items from surface or submerging head and neck. May feed by day or night.
Sound recordings below.

Bird Songs and Sounds I.D. worldwide https://xeno-canto.org/explore?query=Mareca%20americana

Audubon Guide to North American Birds https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/american-wigeon

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, ed. Jon L. Dunn, 7th ed., 2017, pp. 30-31.

E Bird https://ebird.org/explore and https://ebird.org/species/amewig/

The Cornell Lab https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ and https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Wigeon

Merlin Bird ID (great app available for Iphones) by The Cornell Lab (Bird ID help for 8,500+ species)

Found Feathers: https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/idtool.php

American Wigeon - Photo (c) mattbuckingham, all rights reserved, uploaded by mattbuckingham
matt_bristol's ID: American Wigeon (Mareca americana)
Added on December 29, 2022
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Triple-ribbed Milkvetch (Astragalus tricarinatus)

Observer

eogren

Date

December 2022
Triple-ribbed Milkvetch - Photo Mitzi Harding, NPS, no known copyright restrictions (public domain)
matt_bristol's ID: Triple-ribbed Milkvetch (Astragalus tricarinatus)
Added on December 29, 2022
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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)

Observer

dgrimmphd

Date

December 2022

Description

Palm Springs, Coachella Valley, Riverside County, California

Costa's Hummingbird - Photo (c) spyingnaturalist, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by spyingnaturalist
matt_bristol's ID: Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)
Added on December 29, 2022
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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Observer

dgrimmphd

Date

December 28, 2022 04:32 PM PST

Description

Palm Springs, Coachella Valley, Riverside County, California

House Finch - Photo (c) Donna Pomeroy, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Donna Pomeroy
matt_bristol's ID: House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
Added on December 29, 2022
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Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

Observer

dgrimmphd

Date

December 28, 2022 04:32 PM PST

Description

Palm Springs, Coachella Valley, Riverside County, California

Western Bluebird - Photo (c) Jamie Chavez, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
matt_bristol's ID: Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)
Added on December 29, 2022
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Goldenbushes (Genus Ericameria)

Observer

axarus

Date

December 17, 2022 11:36 AM PST
Goldenbushes - Photo (c) Matt Lavin, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
matt_bristol's ID: Goldenbushes (Genus Ericameria)
Added on December 26, 2022
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