Hillside walk, 04 June 2014

It was a very warm day. The California primrose (Elobus californicus) had opened early in the morning, but was almost closed when I saw it. And no four-o'clock (Mirabilus laevis var. crassifolia) flowers were to be seen anywhere. The California bluebells (Phacelia minor), so prominent several weeks ago, are no in just a few places, and the flowers are small.

But today was a day of major discovery. On the low, dry, grassy ridge between Canyons 3 and 4 were two Plummer's mariposa lilies (Calochortus plummerae). They were about six feet apart, and about ten feet from the sole lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia) that I know of on these hillsides. Mickey Long tells me that this find is significant because the closeness of the lemonade berry and the mariposa lily indicates an intact piece of coastal sage scrub.

Today makes the start of flowering for sacapellote (Acourtia microcephala), a sure sign that we are entering into summer. The other early summer bloom, sapphire woolly star (Eriastrum sapphirinum), is in two different places on the north hillside, with good flowers, — amazing how it blooms when the ground is so dry, i.e. when the spring is decidedly finished. An noticeable this week is that the laurel sumac (Malosma laurina) is now in full bloom. Early summer is here!

Laurel sumac

Dodder

Clustered tarweed

California sun cup

Deerweed

California plantain

Golden stars

California everlasting

White sage

White sage

California primrose

California bluebells

Dodder

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Southern honeysuckle

California coffeeberry

Leafy California buckwheat

Leafy California buckwheat

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Laurel sumac

Sacapellote

Sapphire woolly star

Chamise

Telegraphweed

Peruvian pepper tree

A white area

Popcorn flower

Chaparral yucca

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Rattlesnake weed

White sage

Holly leaf redberry

Holly leaf redberry

Holly leaf redberry

Golden yarrow

Golden yarrow

Hole in the ground

California liverwort

Western nettle

Plummer's mariposa lily

Plummer's mariposa lily

Habitat for mariposa lilies

Cobweb thistle

California bluebells

Whispering bells

California everlasting

Black sage

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

Caterpillar phacelia

Caterpillar phacelia

Holly leaf cherry

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Leafy California buckwheat

Toyon

Toyon

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Puncture vine

Cliff aster

Douglas's nightshade

Morning glory

Whispering bells

Whispering bells

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