Cold morning on the Tonto

Another visit to the Mountain fire area to check on conditions and revisit a senna seedling/sprout to see it a little further along. Turns out it was Senna covesii rather than the S. bauhinioides that I had suspected.
Regrowth of the shrubs is continuing. Very few of the shrubs were killed by the fire; most are recovering. I think more were knocked out by the tremendous flows through the wash from the November rains. Some were uprooted and others had the bark stripped. It's a fairly steep wash so the flows must have been rapid.
Seedling population is quite high. Mostly Sphaeralcea and Glandularia. Erodium cicutarium is particularly abundant; only one plant in flower, though. The abundant Aristolochia sprouts I saw on a previous visit have gone dormant; didn't see even one.
A couple of flowering surprises include a patch of Nuttallanthus texanus and some bonsai Mirabilis coccinea attempting to flower. I thought the latter were Hybanthus verticillata until I got a closer look.
Very little fauna activity. A few birds - heard a gnatcatcher, and saw some goldfinches in the larger wash near the road. One persistent grasshopper. It was the first really cold morning of the year. I carried an extra shirt to change into when it got warmer. Never did. I used all four layers and had trouble getting the backpack on. I'm thankful there's no video of that wrestling match.

Posted by stevejones stevejones, December 17, 2019 15:36

Observations

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Brownfoot Acourtia wrightii

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:31 AM MST

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Odora Porophyllum gracile

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:34 AM MST

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Sacahuista Nolina microcarpa

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:35 AM MST

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Southwestern Mock Vervain Glandularia gooddingii

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:36 AM MST

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Colorado Four o'Clock Mirabilis multiflora

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:39 AM MST

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New Mexico Thistle Cirsium neomexicanum

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:39 AM MST

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First season biennial. The only Cirsium taxon found in the area.

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Soaptree Yucca Yucca elata

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:40 AM MST

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Sonoran Scrub Oak Quercus turbinella

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:40 AM MST

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Hollyleaf Redberry Rhamnus ilicifolia

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:40 AM MST

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Red Four o'Clock Mirabilis coccinea

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:45 AM MST

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Sand Fringepod Thysanocarpus curvipes

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:48 AM MST

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Saguaro Carnegiea gigantea

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:53 AM MST

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Coues' Senna Senna covesii

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 10:58 AM MST

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Bajada Lupine Lupinus concinnus

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:00 AM MST

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Mustard Family Family Brassicaceae

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:00 AM MST

Description

Resembles Brassica tournefortii but no hairs. Revisit.

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Palmer's Bluestar Amsonia palmeri

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:01 AM MST

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Texas Toadflax Nuttallanthus texanus

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:08 AM MST

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Chia Salvia columbariae

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:09 AM MST

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Graythorn Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:10 AM MST

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Crucifixion Thorn Canotia holacantha

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:13 AM MST

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Catseyes Genus Cryptantha

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:13 AM MST

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C. muricata? Revisit for seed

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Common Stork's-Bill Erodium cicutarium

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:15 AM MST

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Desert Tragia Tragia ramosa

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:18 AM MST

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Red-gland Spurge Euphorbia melanadenia

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:19 AM MST

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Wright's Buckwheat Eriogonum wrightii

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:26 AM MST

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Chaparral Beardtongue Keckiella antirrhinoides

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:27 AM MST

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Red Barberry Berberis haematocarpa

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:29 AM MST

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Fragrant Sumac Rhus aromatica

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:30 AM MST

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Sugar Bush Rhus ovata

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:31 AM MST

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Saharan Mustard Brassica tournefortii

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:33 AM MST

Description

Removed

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Suncups Genus Camissoniopsis

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:39 AM MST

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Globemallows Genus Sphaeralcea

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:40 AM MST

Description

Seedlings; abundant in the area, especially dense here.

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Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:43 AM MST

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Best guess

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Slimleaf Bursage Ambrosia confertiflora

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:46 AM MST

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Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:48 AM MST

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Purple Three-Awn Aristida purpurea

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:49 AM MST

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Parry's False Prairie-Clover Marina parryi

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:50 AM MST

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Rough Sweetbush Bebbia juncea var. aspera

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:50 AM MST

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Canaigre Rumex hymenosepalus

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stevejones

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December 16, 2019 11:53 AM MST

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A very rewarding outing! Nature has put up a good fight against some extremes.

I've really enjoyed this saga and look forward to future observations.

Posted by ezpixels 2 months ago (Flag)
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Interesting post! I live in Minnesota but try to visit Arizona as much as I can and may retire there some day. So enjoy hearing what you are up to.

Posted by khalling 2 months ago (Flag)

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