Saturday, August 17, 2013

looking for the Asclepias involucrata at Ojito

On the Zia Reservation and Ojito Wilderness

a selection of flora and landscapes 

 I love the milkweeds and one of my goals for 2013 was to find this plant blooming.

On the Zia Reservation about .8mi. from the Wilderness cattle guard 09.06.2012


Just after the first rain
After a few trips to search, here he was blending in the landscape quite well.

08.01.2013......more rain on the way


 and a selection of flora between 08.04 and 08.11

lemonscent  Pectis angustifolia

trailing windmills  Allionia incarnate
othake, sand palafoxia  Palafoxia sphacelata

pricklyleaf dogweed  Thymophylla acerosa

phlox heliotrope  Heliotropium convolvulaceum

warty caltrop  Kallstroemia parviflora

creeping spiderling  Boerhavia spicata

devil's claw  Proboscidea parviflora

(another!) dwarf milkweed  Asclepias involucrata

Seismosaurus Trail, Ojito Wilderness

the green Ojito
 a selection of flora along the mesa trail between 08.11 and 08.13

spotted sandmat   Chamaesyce maculata

shaggy dwarf morning-glory  Evolvulus nuttallianus

greenleaf five eyes  Chamaesaracha coronopus

prairie spiderwort  Tradescantia occidentalis

Colorado four o'clock  Mirabilis multiflora

silverleaf nightshade   Solanum elaeagnifolium

narrowleaf four o'clock   Mirabilis linearis

stemmy four-nerve daisy  Tetraneuris scaposa

brownplume wirelettuce  Stephanomeria pauciflora

Rocky Mountain zinnia  Zinnia grandiflora

ash-grey blackfoot  Melampodium leucanthum

flatglobe dodder  Cuscuta umbellata

goathead  Tribulus terrestris

slender goldenweed  Machaeranthera gracilis

  Hoodoo Pines Hike, Ojito Wilderness
green Ojito

 mostly the same flora as the last few days but....a fine surprise

dwarf milkweed  Asclepias Asclepias involucrata

Eastwood's sandwort  Arenaria eastwoodiae
Eremogone eastwoodiae

Fendler's penstemon  Penstemon fendleri

white milkvetch  Astragalus flavus var. candicans