Hillside walk, 24 June 2013

It was another busy week, with the hillside walk on Monday morning. that makes it 10 days since the previous walk, on a Friday.

On virtually every walk a new discovery of some kind is made. I was thinking about this about half way through the walk, taking note of: (a) On the eastern side of the north hillside I counted 15-20 yuccas in bloom, so many more than the 3-4 of recent weeks. (b) Several more narrow leaf milkweed came to light, all with flowers.

And then in the second part of the walk, while walking down Lida Street, I found two new plants in bloom. Spanish lotus (Acmispon americanus) was blooming right beside the road. Further down, a sizable population of California thistle (Cirsium occidentale var. californicum) was blooming on the other side of the high road berm, in what looks like a natural water course. I had not seen the thistle previously because usually the walk doesn't take me over the berm.

Laurel sumac

White sage

White sage

Sapphire woolly star

Rattlesnake weed

California coffeeberry

Dodder

Leafy California buckwheat

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Chaparral yucca

Gopher plant

Cliff aster

Narrow-leaf milkweed

Clustered tarweed

Holly leaf redberry

Southern honeysuckle

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

Wood rat nest

Poison oak

Bush monkey flower

Toyon

Deerweed

American lotus

American lotus

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

California coffeeberry

Chaparral yucca

California thistle

Douglas's nightshade

Unidentified species

Unidentified species

   

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