Hillside walk, 15 June 2014

This week saw a major downturn in the number of flowering species. The late-spring flurry is over, and we are back to approximately the same number of flowering plants that we had at this time last year. Probably only four species were at their peak this week:
- Chaparral yucca (hesperoyucca whipplei), saw about a dozen in bloom
- Clustered tarplant (Deinandra fasciculata), it's normal late-spring self
- California buckwheat (Erigonum fasciculatum), really flourishing
- Sacapellote (Acourtia microcephala), it's normal late-spring showing

Everything else is beyond peak bloom, in most cases well beyond it or no no longer blooming. But interestingly, we still have a few plants of four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis) with good flowers, on both the north and west hillsides, although most of this species have finished their bloom.

We also have a good quantity of fruit on several species: coffeeberry (Frangula californica), spiny redberry (Rhamnus crocea), holly leaf redberry (Rhamnus ilicifolia), holly leaf cherry (Prunus ilicifolia), and elderberry (Sambucus mexicana).

Chaparral yucca

Clustered tarweed

California plantain

White sage

Wishbone bush

Southern honeysuckle

California coffeeberry

California coffeeberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Rattlesnake weed

White sage

Telegraphweed

Laurel sumac

Popcorn flower

Leafy California buckwheat

Leafy California buckwheat

California everlasting

Holly leaf redberry

Goldenback fern

Laurel sumac

Sacapellote

Chamise

Bush monkey flower

Holly leaf cherry

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Toyon

Toyon

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Dodder

Deerweed

Cobweb thistle

Black sage

   

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