California Bulbs blooming on Hite Cove Trail

Shirley Meneice
Tue, 10 May 2005 22:08:59 PDT
That last Calochortas picture is absolutely FABULOUS!
    Shirley Meneice
Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm still working on all the pictures I took during the week we toured 
> mostly the central part of California looking for flowers in April. We 
> knew we had missed the wonderful displays in the  desert, but we went 
> to other areas where there were still some spectacular flowers and I 
> saw a lot of bulbs. It's going to take some time for me to get them 
> all on the wiki, but I made an attempt to add pictures taken along the 
> Hite's Cove Trail which climbs above the south fork of the Merced 
> River off Highway 140 before you get to Yosemite. We arrived late 
> afternoon and spent about three hours hiking the trail and looking at 
> the gorgeous flowers. There were masses of a small annual orange 
> California poppy, Eschscholzia caespitosa, a pretty blue and white 
> Lupine, Lupinus bicolor, and lots and lots of Owl's Clover, Castillja 
> exserta. We saw the latter almost every day on our trip. There were 
> many other wonderful flowers like Chinese houses (Collinsia 
> heterophylla), Fiesta Flower (Pholistoma auritum), Indian Paintbrush 
> (Castilleja applegatei), Indian Pink (Silene californica), Mustang 
> Clover (Linanthus montanus), and an orange Dudleya, Dudleya cymosa. 
> But these plants are off topic as our forum is about bulbs and there 
> were were three that were evident all along the trail. We also saw 
> some Calochortus venustus over the side of the cliff toward the river, 
> but none of us were brave enough to try to get close enough to 
> photograph it.
> Dichelostemma volubile was climbing through trees, shrubs, poison oak, 
> all over annuals, and even twining around itself. The most bizarre was 
> seeing it on a rock ledge with the Dudleya. We wondered if it had help 
> getting there, but couldn't really tell. Somehow growing this one in a 
> container just doesn't do justice to how it is in the wild.
> Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra we had seen it earlier in Kern County 
> growing in grass, a pale yellow form which I also added pictures of to 
> the wiki so people could see a common habitat. Along the Hite's Cove 
> Trail it was growing with Chinese Houses and in many other delightful 
> combinations and some of the plants had purple stripes on the flowers.
> Finally everywhere was Calochortus albus which is one of my favorite 
> Calochortus. I was having a lot of trouble getting my digital camera 
> to focus on the flowers and not something else so took a lot of 
> pictures I deleted. The ones I added were the best of the lot 
> including one that shows how lovely the Collinsia was.
> I hope you all enjoy seeing some of California's treasures in the 
> wild. I'll be adding more as I have time.
> Mary Sue
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