“Floret & The Sepals” presented by Encelia farinosa Anatomy

By |2020-08-06T15:49:17-08:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification|Tags: , , , , |

If I asked you to describe Encelia farinosa anatomy, where would you start? [Waiting for a response...] Ah! Compound flowers you say? That's indeed a good starting point. So, what is a compound flower and what is the opposite of a compound [...]

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Ditaxis lanceolata

By |2020-08-06T15:49:21-08:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|

Another little desert beauty: Ditaxis lanceolata. If you see a small plant with slender, lanceolate-shaped, hairy leaves, take a closer look. The flower is small and white and almost gets lost nestled in the fuzzy, white hairs. We usually find Ditaxis in [...]

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Two Brilliant Star-shaped Gilias

By |2020-08-06T15:49:21-08:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|

Gilias are some of my favorite flowers in the desert. They are so tiny and perfectly formed. I love looking at the blue anthers (what I called "pom-poms" for the longest time). I'm not sure what species of gilia this is, as [...]

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Little Bee

By |2020-08-06T15:49:22-08:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|

This was originally published as The Princess and the Bee when we first photographed it. The Ghost Flower (Mohavea confertiflora) mimcs another flower, the Sand Blazing Star, to attract pollinators such as the Xeralictus bee, a native bee. Who needs to produce [...]

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Snapdragon (Antirrhinum filipes)

By |2020-08-06T15:49:22-08:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|Tags: , |

This Snapdragon (Antirrhinum filipes) was a rare find! Found by our botanist friend, Colin, along the first loop of the Randall Henderson Trail at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (that is quite the mouthful...). A beautiful and dainty [...]

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Brown-Eyed Primrose (Chylismia claviformis)

By |2019-02-20T22:56:54-08:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Desert Gallery, Uncategorized|

One of the most common wildflowers found in the desert is the Brown-eyed primrose (Chylismia claviformis). It is also one of the first wildflowers to bloom in late winter, early spring. You'll find them everywhere: in washes, along hiking trails, in parking [...]

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Desert Five-spot (Eremalche rotundifolia) Buds

By |2019-02-09T10:19:33-08:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery, Galleries|

Our local botanist friend took us to a location where Desert five-spot (Eremalche rotundifolia) grows. We found a number of plants, but none of them were open...yet. We've gone back twice only to discover that the flowers close at night and open [...]

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Plantago Ovata

By |2019-02-07T21:20:15-08:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|

Plantago ovata is probably most famous as a common source of psyllium, a dietary fiber. But you can find the native variety throughout the desert. It's a beautiful little plant with velvety leaves and slender stalks with a cluster of inflorescence at [...]

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Loeseliastrum schottii – or – low ceiling drums shot my eye…?

By |2019-01-30T21:45:13-08:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery|Tags: , |

Low lighting conditions are always fun... and today was no exception! All clouds all the time made this little Loeseliastrum schottii as vivid as could be! Focus stacking does a pretty good job. However, I wonder if there's any way to fine tune [...]

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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus schottii) Details

By |2020-08-06T15:49:23-08:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , |

It's hard to see or describe what's going on inside an Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus schottii) flower. Probably because it's hidden inside the keel of the flower. But you'll definitely notice the bright orange anthers sticking out against the deep blue/purple of the petals. [...]

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