Mountain fire revisited

I returned to a small wash area I visited twice earlier this summer, once about a week before the Mountain fire, and again about a week after. Some rain fell in the area in July and early August; not enough to wash the abundant ash back into the soil. Nonetheless there are many signs of recovery. Most of the chaparral shrubs are adapted to fire and showing excellent signs of recovery. No annual seedlings were present with a possible exception of these small sennas; they may also be sprouts from perennial roots, though. Hard to call. I suspect they are S. bauhinioides though S. covesii is also found in the area.

One interesting note: Aristolochia watsonii seemed positively abundant. More likely, it was just more visible due to the loss of all ground cover.

I specifically looked for this single individual Thelypodium wrightii, but there's no sign of it. It was growing within a dense copse of mixed chaparral species and not easy to get to for the photos. The copse is much easier to navigate now.

This wash area, though included within the perimeter of the 2005 Bart fire, did not burn at that time. The plants were quite mature prior to the Mountain fire.

List of chaparral perennial species showing good signs of recovery:

Amsonia palmeri
Cercocarpus montanus
Krameria erecta
Nolina microcarpa
Quercus turbinella
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Simmondsia chinensis
Tragia ramosa

Posted by stevejones stevejones, August 28, 2019 01:51

Observations

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Palmer's Bluestar Amsonia palmeri

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 06:45 AM MST

Description

Same plant as here and here

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Sonoran Scrub Oak Quercus turbinella

Observer

stevejones

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August 27, 2019 06:47 AM MST

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Hollyleaf Redberry Rhamnus ilicifolia

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 06:50 AM MST

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Catclaw Acacia Senegalia greggii

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 06:50 AM MST

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Globemallows Genus Sphaeralcea

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 06:50 AM MST

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Soaptree Yucca Yucca elata

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 06:51 AM MST

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Sacahuista Nolina microcarpa

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 06:51 AM MST

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Southwestern Pipevine Aristolochia watsonii

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 06:52 AM MST

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Sennas Genus Senna

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 06:59 AM MST

Description

Seedlings or young sprouts from root; likely S. bauhinioides though S. covesii is known from the area as well

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Littleleaf Ratany Krameria erecta

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:00 AM MST

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Crucifixion Thorn Canotia holacantha

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:01 AM MST

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Wright's Buckwheat Eriogonum wrightii

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:02 AM MST

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Red Barberry Berberis haematocarpa

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:04 AM MST

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Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:04 AM MST

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Alder-leaved Mountain-Mahogany Cercocarpus montanus

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:06 AM MST

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Dwarf Abutilon Abutilon parvulum

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:09 AM MST

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Mexican Skullcap Scutellaria potosina ssp. platyphylla

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:10 AM MST

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Odora Porophyllum gracile

Observer

stevejones

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August 27, 2019 07:11 AM MST

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Brownfoot Acourtia wrightii

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:11 AM MST

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Desert Tragia Tragia ramosa

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:13 AM MST

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Carrizo Mountain Sandmat Euphorbia pediculifera

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:13 AM MST

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Coues' Senna Senna covesii

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:15 AM MST

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Brownplume Wirelettuce Stephanomeria pauciflora

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:16 AM MST

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Mygalomorphs Suborder Mygalomorphae

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:17 AM MST

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Dicots [Paraphyletic] Class Magnoliopsida

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:18 AM MST

Description

Maybe Gutierrezia

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Buckhorn Cholla Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:20 AM MST

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Sonoran Scrub Oak Quercus turbinella

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:22 AM MST

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Jojoba Simmondsia chinensis

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:25 AM MST

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Graythorn Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:26 AM MST

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Littleleaf Ratany Krameria erecta

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:26 AM MST

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Desert Tragia Tragia ramosa

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:28 AM MST

Description

Stunted buds?

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Palmer's Bluestar Amsonia palmeri

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:29 AM MST

Description

Stunted buds?

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Pallid-winged Grasshopper Trimerotropis pallidipennis

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:31 AM MST

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Southwestern Pipevine Aristolochia watsonii

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:32 AM MST

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Square

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New World Tarantula-hawk Wasps Genus Pepsis

Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:39 AM MST

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Observer

stevejones

Date

August 27, 2019 07:41 AM MST

Comments

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Thanks so much for the great report. It's encouraging. I'm especially excited to know about the pipevine

Posted by ezpixels 3 months ago (Flag)
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Yes, thank you for this positive report and the pictures of the plants that have survived and are recovering.

Posted by loves_ravens 3 months ago (Flag)

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