Hillside walk, 14 September 2015

The ongoing very hot weather is showing effects. Rattlesnake weed (Chamaesyce sp.), which tends to bloom all year round, has suddenly lost its fresh blooms. I saw just a single plant that had flowers not entirely withered, which is the only reason to include it in this week's list of flowering plants.

Another victim of the heat is elderberry (Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea), which is so prolific in Canyon 2, suddenly looking yellow and losing leaves. Despite that, a few specimens continue to have flowers.

And the bush monkeyflower (Diplacus longiflorus), which for weeks has had a nice but small cluster of blooms in lower Canyon 2, this morning has just two individual flowers, and those looking as if they are about to go.

Saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) continues at the peak of its flowering. And the mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia) cluster of plants in lower Canyon 3 now has a good number of flowers, but all on a single male plant.

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