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.