Hillside walk, 04 September 2013
Two new seasonal plants this week! At last the California brickellbush (Brickellia californica) is in bloom, although only one plant. Also found coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis) in bloom. I know of only one plant of the latter species, low on the north hillside. I've often wondered whether it's an escape from a garden, but that's unlikely as very few if any gardens in the area would have it. It probably is native to the area, bearing in mind that immediately around it, earlier in the season, are ample quantities of miniature suncup (Camissoniopsis bistorta) and tarplant (Deinandra fasciculata).
The saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) continues to bloom, now on the west hillside as well as the north hillside. It's not prolific or showy with its flowers, but now would probably be the time of full flowering.
It's interesting how some plants have small number of flowers some time after they have completed their main blooming. On the north hillside I found a single flower of laurel sumac (Malosma laurina). And as was the case last week, narrow leaf milkweed (Asclepia fascicularis) has just a single bloom although it's a little old.
The dodder (Cuscuta sp.) continues to bloom avidly although the plants themselves appear to be withering. In many instances the flower heads include buds that have yet to open.
It's amazing how long the coffeeberry (Frangula californica) has been blooming, although now just a very few flowers remain, — and these few look fresh among the old flowers and the fruit.
This was an extremely hot day, probably the most tiringly hot of all the days of the year's hillside walks. This was despite making the walk in the morning rather than the afternoon.