Hillside walk, 05 May 2014

The peak of the spring bloom has now passed although plenty of flowers remain. And the mustard is thicker than ever, necessitating extra care on the slopes. Flowers that have finished this week include strigose lotus (Acmispon strigosus) and the two Rhamnus species. Four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia) has completed finished on the north hillside although a few flowers persist on the west hillside.

But with the progress of the season, some new flowers appeared. These included: California primrose (Eulobus californicus),l which I've not seen before in this area; narrow leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis); southern honeysuckle (Lonicera subspicata var. denudata), although this species also bloomed in February, albeit weakly; common muilla (Muilla maritima); holly leaf cherry (Prusus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifolia); and the glorious valley cholla (Cylindropuntia californica).

This week Whispering bells (Emmenanthe peduliflora var. peduliflora), previously seen only to the immediate west of our house, was also found on the bare ridge between Canyons 3 and 4, and in Canyon 3. In the latter location it was prolific in one spot. And wherever it was, the flowers are now more open than previously.

California sun cup

California sun cup

California sun cup

California sun cup

California plantain

Smooth cat's ear

Golden stars

Golden stars

Golden stars

White sage

White sage

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California bluebells

Black sage

Rattlesnake weed

California coffeeberry

California bluebells

Holly leaf redberry

Holly leaf redberry

Black sage

Leafy California buckwheat

Common muilla

Common muilla

Common muilla

Black sage

Unidentified

Chamise

Chamise

Popcorn flower

Rattlesnake weed

Black sage

Narrow-leaf milkweed

Narrow-leaf milkweed

Scrub oak

Scrub oak

Blue elderberry

Telegraphweed

Popcorn flower

Two color everlasting

Southern honeysuckle

Southern honeysuckle

Spiny redberry

Dodder

Dodder

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

California liverwort

California bluebells

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Holly leaf redberry

Black sage

Bush monkey flower

Mossy hole

California liverwort

Scrub oak

Western nettle

Western nettle

Western nettle

Western nettle

Common eucrypta

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

California everlasting

Malta star thistle

California peony

Bush monkey flower

Golden stars

Whispering bells

Whispering bells

Wild cucumber

California liverwort

Coffee fern

California liverwort

Bush monkey flower

Caterpillar phacelia

Poison oak

Wishbone bush

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Holly leaf cherry

Holly leaf cherry

Douglas's nightshade

Douglas's nightshade

Blue elderberry

Deerweed

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

Cliff aster

Mulefat

Cobweb thistle

Morning glory

Morning glory

Whispering bells

Whispering bells

Caterpillar phacelia

Valley cholla

Valley cholla

Valley cholla

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