Hillside walk, 01 September2014

The highlight today is twiggy wreath plant (Stephanomeria sp.), one plant growing along Lida Street, close to the bottom end of Canyon 3. The plant is tall, nearly 6 feet. The flowers are many, mostly finished; but plenty of flowers are currently open.

This week the mission cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) on the mid north hillside, usually such a strong, upstanding specimen, is wilting and falling apart. Broken pads are everywhere. No doubt this is stress from the drought. This plant also has many fruit, all ripe, — ready for eating.

Saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) continues to be at the peak of bloom, that is, to the extent that it has multiple flowers simultaneously. It never looks outstandingly noticeable as the flowers are small, and on each branch usually only one or two open at a time.

Other than that, the hillsides continue to be hot and dry.

Dodder

Toyon

Coyote brush

California plantain

California mugwort

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Laurel sumac

Leafy California buckwheat

Mission prickly-pear

Mission prickly-pear

Rattlesnake weed

Telegraphweed

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Holly leaf redberry

California sagebrush

Black sage

California liverwort

Laurel sumac

Cliff aster

Douglas's nightshade

Bush monkey flower

Twiggy wreath plant

Twiggy wreath plant

Twiggy wreath plant

Twiggy wreath plant

 

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