Hillside walk, 11 May 2013

The Monday of the past week produced rain totalling 21 mm at our house, almost one inch, followed a day later by a thunderstorm, although the storm produced only 0.5 mm of rain. The effects of the rain were evident on this week's Saturday walk on the hillside. Most notable was that coffee fern and goldenback fern both have green leaves once again, and the liverwort suddenly has a good expanse of green. Mustard, which is widespread on the hillsides, seemed to have more flowers than the previous two weeks.

This week two plants produced their first flowers for the year: , sacapellote and toyon. In both instances, the flowers are still limited in numbers and/or distribution. This week also saw the first buds of laurel sumac, very close to being in bloom.

Malta star thistle

Clustered tarweed

Clustered tarweed

Clustered tarweed

Golden stars

Golden stars

Golden stars

Golden stars

White sage

White sage

California coffeeberry

Leafy California buckwheat

Leafy California buckwheat

Sacapellote

Laurel sumac

Laurel sumac

Rattlesnake weed

Southern honeysuckle

San Gabriel Mountains

Dodder

California liverwort

Goldenback fern

Common eucrypta

Black sage

Chamise

Bush monkey flower

Common horehound

Caterpillar phacelia

Coffee fern

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Ropevine clematis

Toyon

Toyon

Deerweed

Blue elderberry

California everlasting

Mesa prickly pear

Cobweb thistle

Morning glory

 

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