FIELD OBSERVATION REPORT
By Mary Wilson
July 17, 2018

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

There have been many days with the temperature of 100-plus degrees lately and I am always amazed at the plants that can take the heat. Tumbleweed is green, there are still Jimson weed with flowers, the common sunflower are coming up and starting to bloom, mustard is still blooming, turkey mullein are starting to flower, rattlesnake sandmat (weed), Euphorbia albo-marginata, is also in bloom and the rubber rabbitbrush are getting new leaves. There are young short-horned grasshoppers eating those new leaves on the rubber rabbitbrush.
Rattlesnake sandmat is of the spurge family, grows flat to the ground and has white circular margins around the edge of the tiny burgundy centered flowers. The plant (rattlesnake weed) was formerly used as a folk remedy for snakebites and that is where it got its name. However, this species is not proven to be medically effective in treating rattlesnake venom.
Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland

When you take the Rare Juniper Trail and get to the area of Post #6 you will see groves of young Joshua trees. There are many old Joshua trees in the park but it is nice to know about a new generation of these trees. A lot of these young trees are considered juveniles because they have only one trunk and no branches. For the first several decades of its life, it will grow a vertical trunk and only grow approximately 1/2 to 3-inches per year. When they reach 5 to 10 feet they will produce their first blooms.
The following article was written by Milt Stark. Unfortunately there is no name or date of the newspaper but was probably either the Ledger Gazette or the Antelope Valley Press. Milt had his own style of writing and I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did.
August 10th is S’mores Day.

There is a debate as to who came up with this campfire treat but going back at least to 1927 a recipe for the more formally designated “some mores” ap-peared in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Other sources attribute the original recipe to the Campfire Girls. The original S’more was made of two graham crackers. Place a square of a chocolate bar on one cracker, toast a marshmallow and while it is hot place it on the top of the chocolate and put the other cracker on top of the marshmallow and give a little squeeze. Today people have S’more Parties and include items like: peanut butter, peanut butter cups, caramels, sliced strawberries or bananas, thin mints, jelly and may use chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies.