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.