Latest Poppy Reserve Researcher Field Notes
11/11/14: Mary Wilson
There are tumbleweeds in varying stages from green to the red, with the red being the predominant
color. These plants have the red stems, red flowers and they are starting to go to seed. The ragweed
has finished the yellow male flowers, the red female flowers and are going to seed. The mustard
plants have finished for the season, dried and are breaking off and tumbling in the wind. There are
still the small clusters of white to pink flowers on the buckwheat. Turkey mullein has gone to the
ivory color. California aster still has blooms. The hairy asters and vinegar weed are going to seed.
The rubber rabbitbrush is starting to bloom.
October 31/November 1 there was rain at the Reserve. The Reserve weather station showed 0.57
inch. The trails are showing some slight erosion. There is germination of filaree, grasses, fiddleneck
and a few poppies.
Ripley Desert Woodland
The rubber rabbit brush at the Poppy Reserve are just starting to bloom but the ones at Ripley are in
full bloom. The Joshua trees are dropping the seedpods, much to the rodent’s delight as they eat
these seeds. The lot of the Juniper trees are still green but they are showing dieback (brown and dying
branchlets). The female Junipers are dropping their berries and some of the trees have lost all the
berries. The male Junipers are growing the male cones. The cones are a green color and some of the
cones are starting to turn brown. Even though we have had several drought years some of the Juniper
trees are producing new juvenile growth.
Drought has taken its toll on Elizabeth Lake and the water level is gone in some places and others it