Hillside walk, 05 and 07 June 2014

As reported last week, Plummer's mariposa lily (Calochortus plummerae) is growing on the west hillside. I went on Thursday the 5th to check on it, and the two plants were still in bloom. Two days later, on the 7th, was the regular weekly walk, and by that time these flowers had completely withered.

Recent days have been cool. As a result, we once again have blooms of four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolius), and a continuation of flowers on California primrose (Eulobus californicus). These were particularly noteworthy on the 5th, but significantly reduced in number by the 7th.

Sacapellote (Acourtia microcephala) is blooming massively in just one location, with loads of pink petals. In all other places, the flowers have plenty of white fluff protruding, but so far no pink petals.

The two Rhamnus species, R. crocea on the north hillside and R. ilicifolia in Canyon 5, continue to develop considerable numbers of fruit. They each have distinctive fruit. R. crocea has fruit that are largely spherical, whereas the fruit of R. ilicifolia is like two halves joined together with a little valley where they join.

The number of flowering species this week went up by one because the Mirabilis was found to be blooming again this week. Overall the number of species being recorded is significantly greater than it was for this time last year.

Clustered tarweed

Golden stars

White sage

California primrose

California primrose

Wishbone bush

California primrose

California bluebells

California bluebells

Wishbone bush

Plummer's mariposa lily

Plummer's mariposa lily

Plummer's mariposa lily

Cliff aster

Cliff aster

Chaparral yucca

Black sage

Laurel sumac

Dodder

Clustered tarweed

Clustered tarweed

California sun cup

California sun cup

California plantain

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

Southern honeysuckle

California coffeeberry

California coffeeberry

Popcorn flower

Leafy California buckwheat

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Rattlesnake weed

Rattlesnake weed

Chamise

Deerweed

Telegraphweed

Telegraphweed

Peruvian pepper tree

Laurel sumac

Laurel sumac

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

California everlasting

Holly leaf redberry

Golden yarrow

California everlasting

Western nettle

Common eucrypta

Black sage

Black sage

Popcorn flower

Laurel sumac

Chamise

Bush monkey flower

Caterpillar phacelia

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Toyon

Toyon

Toyon

Blue elderberry

Leafy California buckwheat

Puncture vine

Mesa prickly pear

Douglas's nightshade

Cobweb thistle

Cobweb thistle

Morning glory

Whispering bells

Chaparral yucca

Chaparral yucca

 

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