Hillside walk, 25 May 2015
After the inch of rain about ten days ago and the subsequent weather, this week saw a jump of 6 in the number of flowering species. That's impressive. This included several species that completed their main blooming several weeks ago including four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. carssifolia), common eucrypta (Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia), skunkbush (Rhus aromatica), and mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia).
Presumably also associated with this weather is American lotus (Acmispon glaber var. glaber), which is in some quantity at one place along upper Lida Street. It's a plant that I haven't seen for two years, and not previously in such profusion.
Also evident this week was an upsurge in the blooming of southern honeysuckle (Lonicera subspicata var. denudata).
As is expected at this time of year, we are at the peak of sacapellote (Acourtia microcephala), which is so spectacular. It's blooming in many places ranging from the north hillside to Canyons 5, 4, and 3.