Chemehuevi Mountains Wilderness

Situated just west of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and northwest of Havasu Lake in California sits the spectacular Chemehuevi Mountains Wilderness. Over 85,000 acres of beautiful Ocotillos and desert flowers can be found here.

Here is a just a small sampling of plants that you could see there!

Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi), Penstemon (Penstemon Pseudospectabilis), Bedstraw (Gallium sp.), White Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia Neomexicana), Ground-cherry (Physalis Crassifolia), Blazing star (Mentzelia Involucrata), Fringepod (Thysanocarpus Curvipes), and plenty of plants named for our good buddy early botanist John Bigelow - Bigelow Nolina (Nolina bigelovii), Brandegea (Brandegea bigelovii), Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia Bigelovii).

Botanists have documented invasives here such as Arabian splitgrass (Schismus sp.) and Sahara Mustard (Brassica Tournefortii), but luckily not too much right now. Sahara Mustard is one of the most invasive plants in the desert southwest. Botany and conservation groups often go out and manually remove them along with other invasives. The following wildflower seasons in these remediated areas improve dramatically in diversity and quantity of native flowers.

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