Hillside walk, 27 April 2015

Today's highlight is finding numerous blooms of sapphire woolly star (Eriastrum sapphirinum) in the two places where I've seen it in previous years. It's surprisingly early, being almost four weeks earlier than last year, and six weeks earlier than the year before.

The other big delight is golden stars (Bloomeria crocea) in substantial number — probably 50 or more plants — in the partially shaded area under an oak tree at the bottom of the north hillside.

Although two days ago we had 4 mm of rain, the spores lying on the ground under the spent liverwort receptacles (Asterella californica) in Canyon 8 are still visible as sprinkling of tiny yellow things.

The bush monkeyflower (Diplacus longiflorus), so beautifully prominent on the hillsides for the past several weeks, while still attractive, is now past its peak, as is the black sage (Salvia mellifera) and numerous other species.

Clustered tarweed

Clustered tarweed

California plantain

California bluebells

Golden stars

Golden stars

Sapphire woolly star

Sapphire woolly star

California coffeeberry

Rattlesnake weed

Leafy California buckwheat

Cobweb thistle

Cobweb thistle

Sapphire woolly star

Black sage

White sage

At top of north hillside

Caterpillar phacelia

Vine on oak tree

Vine on oak tree

California everlasting

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Common eucrypta

Western nettle

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Popcorn flower

Southern honeysuckle

Bush monkey flower

California liverwort

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Toyon

Dodder

Deerweed

Leafy California buckwheat

Mesa prickly pear

Morning glory

Whispering bells

   

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