Hillside walk, 30 June 2014

This week was much the same as last week. The “June gloom” weather is still with us, i.e. misty mornings, which means the early sun is not too hot. So we still have a couple of plants of California primrose (Eulobus californicus) with many flowers, and some four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis). Even a few filaree (Erodium sp.) on the north hillside. A few sticky monkey flower (Diplacus longiflorus) in upper Canyon 3B.

Sacapellote (Acourtia microcephala) continues to be the most spectacular current bloom, although in most places it's beyond its peak. But it's widespread on the hillsides.

California sagebrush (Atemisia californica) is now highly evident with its prominent buds. But based on last year's experience, it won't bloom until the October time frame.

Some species are represented by a minuscule number of flowers compared to full bloom. For example, black sage (Salvia mellifera) is one of the most widespread plants, and it's now past blooming; I found just a couple of flowers on one branch of one plant near the end of the walk.

A surprise this week was to find liverwort (Asterella californica) in Canyon 3B that still has some green thalli. It's on a north facing slope and under constant shade, so it never sees the sun. I didn't notice the green until I looked at the photograph afterwards. So, I need to adjust the spreadsheet to show this species being green since the wet weather in early March.

Dodder

Clustered tarweed

California plantain

Laurel sumac

Laurel sumac

California primrose

California primrose

Wishbone bush

Dodder

Southern honeysuckle

California coffeeberry

California coffeeberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Leafy California buckwheat

Leafy California buckwheat

Mission prickly-pear

Sacapellote

White sage

White sage

Telegraphweed

Rattlesnake weed

Holly leaf redberry

Chamise

A winter damp hole with moss and liverwort

California liverwort

Goldenback fern

Douglas's nightshade

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Cobweb thistle

Popcorn flower

Scrub oak

Whispering bells

California liverwort

Sacapellote

Bush monkey flower

Chaparral yucca

Toyon

Toyon

Douglas's nightshade

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Cliff aster

Deerweed

Puncture vine

Morning glory

Black sage

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

   

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