Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A few visits to Placitas Open Space

April 06,
Placitas Open Space juniper/grassland with abundant bluebowls and Fendler's bladderpods

April 28,
Las Placitas hike required a redo since sunlight is essential.
Dragged Larry out three days later taking pretty much the same route and find the same flowering plants - a bit more more wildlife.

5/01 Placitas Open Space
Agavaceaee (Agave family)
   soapweed yucca  Yucca glauca
Apiaceae (Parsley family)
   Fendler's springparsley  Cymopterus glomeratus
Asteraceae (Aster family)
   woolly marigold, desert marigold  Baileya multiradiata
   baby aster  Chaetopappa ericoides
   Douglas' dustymaiden  Chaenactis douglasii
   fineleaf hymenopappus  Hymenopappus filifolius var. lugens
   slender goldenweed  Machaeranthera gracilis
   desertdandelion  Malacothrix sonchoides
   ash-grey blackfoot  Melampodium leucanthum
   Thymophylla acerosa   pricklyleaf dogweed
   Easterdaisy  Townsendia sp.  
Boraginaceae (Borage family)
   thicksepal hiddenflower  Cryptantha crassisepala
   cupseeded stickseed   Lappula occidentalis
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
   spectacle pod, touristplant  Dimorphocarpa wislizeni  
   Fendler’s bladderpod  Lesquerella fendleri
Ephedraceae (Mormon-tea family)
   Torrey's jointfir  Ephedra torreyana
Fabaceae (Pea family)
   wooly locoweed  Astragalus mollissimus 
   indigobush, featherplume  Dalea formosa
   James' holdback  Pomaria jamesii
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf family)
   bristly nama  Nama hispidum 
   scorpionweed  Phacelia sp.
   scorpionweed, gypsum phacelia  Phacelia integrifolia
Linaceae (Flax family)
    Chihuahuan flax  Linum vernale
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
    scaly globemallow  Sphaeralcea leptophylla 
Nyctaginaceae (Four o'clock family)
   snowball sandverbena  Abronia fragrans
   trailing windmills  Allionia incarnata
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose family)
   Hartweg's sundrops  Calylophus hartwegii
   scarlet gaura, scarlet beeblossom  Gaura coccinea 
   prairie evening primrose  Oenothera albicaulis   
   tufted evening primrose  Oenothera caespitosa
Plantaginaceae (Plaintan family)
   woolly plantian  Plantago patagonica
Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)
   bluebowls  Giliastrum rigidulum
   blue trumpets  Ipomopsis longiflora
   dwarf skyrocket, dwarf ipomopsis  Ipomopsis pumila
Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)
   white milkwort  Polygala alba
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat family) 
   roundleaf buckwheat  Eriogonum rotundifolium
Rosaceae (Rose family)
   Apache plume  Fallugia paradoxa
Rubiaceae (Madder family)
   red bluet  Houstonia rubra
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
   southwestern paintbrush  Castilleja integra

trailing windmills  Allionia incarnata

woolly marigold, desert marigold  Baileya multiradiata

roundleaf buckwheat  Eriogonum rotundifolium
red bluet  Houstonia rubra
scaly globemallow  Sphaeralcea leptophylla

white milkwort  Polygala alba


  1. Hi Lenore,
    At my museum class today tomorrow and saturday we are learning about herp 'sign' -- what reptiles and amphibians leave behind. Seems like you didn't need their sign, rather you got to see them in person. You were very close to that diamond back - but is it a bull snake?

  2. Also, have to say how well the top photo, showing distance, goes with the snake photo, form-wise.