Hillside walk, 20 May 2014

In the past week several days were hot, in the high 90s, and one day was 102F, but much of the spring bloom continued. Some obvious effects were that the golden stars (Bloomeria crocea) are now flowering only in the shaded area, and the coffee fern (Pellaea andromedifolia) has suddenly dried up completely, lost all it's chlorophyll.

Meanwhile, the California primrose (Eulobus californicus) on the lower north hillside has many more flowers than I saw previously, and heaps of seed, with many more plants than I was previously aware of among the mustard. Other plants in full bloom include black sage (Salvia mellifera), narrow-leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis), chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum var. fasciculatum), sticky monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus), and chaparral yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei) — saw about six yuccas in bloom.

Notable new seasonal flowers this week include the clustered tarplant (Deinandra fasciculata), laurel sumac (Malosma laurina), and the gorgeous sapphire woolly star (Eriastrum sapphirinum). The latter was not only in the place where I found it last year, the lower north hillside, but also on the bare, steep upper north hillside.

Overall the hillsides are becoming noticeably drier. The mustard is over its peak bloom, making the ground more visible than it was, and the walking a little easier.

Slender wild oats

Black sage

Black sage

Dodder

Laurel sumac

Laurel sumac

Laurel sumac

Chaparral yucca

Chaparral yucca

California sun cup

California sun cup

California everlasting

Clustered tarweed

California plantain

Golden stars

Golden stars

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

White sage

White sage

White sage

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California primrose

California bluebells

Rattlesnake weed

Rattlesnake weed

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Southern honeysuckle

Malta star thistle

California coffeeberry

California coffeeberry

Chamise

Leafy California buckwheat

Leafy California buckwheat

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Popcorn flower

Chamise

Chamise

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Chaparral yucca

Black sage

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Narrow-leaf milkweed

Narrow-leaf milkweed

Bush monkey flower

White sage

White sage

Blue elderberry

Telegraphweed

Deerweed

Bush monkey flower

Holly leaf redberry

Holly leaf redberry

Holly leaf redberry

Chamise

Hole of moss and liverwort

California liverwort

Goldenback fern

Common eucrypta

Western nettle

Western nettle

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Whispering bells

Caterpillar phacelia

Holly leaf cherry

Holly leaf cherry

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Toyon

Toyon

Laurel sumac

Deerweed

Puncture vine

Cliff aster

Golden currant

Cobweb thistle

Unidentified

Morning glory

Whispering bells

Caterpillar phacelia

Holly leaf cherry

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