Hillside walk, 20 April 2014

Although some flowers are waning, the growth of greenery continues, most noticeably the mustards, which are now tall and everywhere and blooming.

California suncup (Camissoniopsis bistorta) continues to bloom, and this week is more widespread. Previously I've seen it only at the bottom of the north hillside. Now it is prevalent near the coffeeberry tree (Frangula californica), part way up the hillside, and from there it is scattered all the way up to the steep, upper slope, although not at the very top.

Spiny redberry (Rhamnus crocea) and holly leaf redberry (Rhamnus ilicifolia), which I'm watching closely as I missed their flowers last year, are now flowering in even greater abundance than last week, complete with bees visiting them.

The big surprise this week was an open flower of California peony (Paeonia californica). The plant also had buds. This must be a response to the rain because this same plant had a few flower back at its regular blooming time of early January.

A flower that has emerged this week for the first time this year is the morning glory (Calystegia sp.)

The species count of 41 exceeds last week's record for this survey.

Dodder

Strigose lotus

Wild hyacinth

Wild hyacinth

Coast live oak

California sun cup

California sun cup

California plantain

California plantain

California bluebells

California bluebells

California bluebells

White sage

California coffeeberry

Popcorn flower

Popcorn flower

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Mission prickly-pear

Scrub oak

Telegraphweed

Chaparral yucca

Wishbone bush

Rattlesnake weed

Rattlesnake weed

Two color everlasting

Black sage

California liverwort

Wishbone bush

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Holly leaf redberry

Holly leaf redberry

Holly leaf redberry

Common horehound

California liverwort

California liverwort

Scrub oak

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Western nettle

Chaparral currant

Common eucrypta

Common eucrypta

Common eucrypta

Popcorn flower

California peony

Scrub oak

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Wishbone bush

California liverwort

Wishbone bush

California liverwort

Coffee fern

California everlasting

Poison oak

San Gabriel Mountains

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Douglas's nightshade

Wild cucumber

Dodder

Western sycamore

Deerweed

Mulefat

Mulefat

Cliff aster

Golden currant

Bush monkey flower

Morning glory

Wishbone bush

Whispering bells

Whispering bells

Whispering bells

     

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