Hillside walk, 23 June 2014

While the overall number of flowering species continues to decline as the season advances, this week presented a surprise in the number of flowers. Last week the hillsides seemed so bare. This week the north hillside in particular had many more flowers. Even the ubiquitous filariee (Erodium sp.) was back again. It's unlikely that this was because this week's walk was in the morning, and last week's walk was in the afternoon. This week I was surprised to see a good number of four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis) and several plants each with many yellow flowers of California primrose (Eulobus californicus). Flowers of the latter species were completely absent last week. Also present in significant quantity was the cliff aster (Malacothrix saxatilis var. tenuifolia).

This week the sacapellote (Acourtia microcephala) is truly at its peak. And it's widespread, including in places where I've not been aware of seeing it previously, especially on the north hillside.

Dodder

Clustered tarweed

Clustered tarweed

California plantain

Laurel sumac

California primrose

Wishbone bush

Southern honeysuckle

California coffeeberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Art Center College of Design

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Leafy California buckwheat

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Black sage

Sacapellote

Laurel sumac

Sacapellote

Chaparral yucca

Blue elderberry

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

White sage

White sage

Telegraphweed

Telegraphweed

Rattlesnake weed

California primrose

California everlasting

Black sage

Holly leaf redberry

Holly leaf redberry

Bush monkey flower

Cobweb thistle

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Chaparral yucca

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

Toyon

Toyon

Toyon

Blue elderberry

Leafy California buckwheat

Deerweed

Puncture vine

Cliff aster

Morning glory

   

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