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.

Laurel sumac

Clustered tarweed

Golden stars

Caterpillar phacelia

Caterpillar phacelia

Blue elderberry

California bluebells

Branching phacelia

Branching phacelia

Black sage

Bush monkey flower

Dodder

Dodder

California primrose

California primrose

Sapphire woolly star

Rattlesnake weed

California coffeeberry

Popcorn flower

Leafy California buckwheat

Wishbone bush

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

White sage

Cobweb thistle

Clustered tarweed

Southern honeysuckle

Southern honeysuckle

Chamise

Chamise

Common eucrypta

Skunkbrush

California liverwort

California liverwort

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

Sacapellote

Coffee fern

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Toyon

Deerweed

American lotus

American lotus

American lotus

Mesa prickly pear

Mulefat

Cliff aster

Morning glory

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