Hillside walk, 25 April 2016

How neat for the blooming season to be so well advanced and to find yet another species new to this survey, and fully in bloom, — common Pacific pea (Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus), growing among the dense growth of yet-not-flowering branching phacelia (Phacelia ramosissima) in Canyon 6.

The showy penstemon (Penstemon spectablis) in Canyon 5 is blooming even more prolifically than when it was discovered last week. And there is a second plant, further up the north-facing side of the canyon.

This week I had to hunt for strigose lotus (Lotus strigosus), but readily found three blooms, fairly close to each other, and close to the California coffeeberry tree (Frangula californica) on the mid north hillside.

It's nice to see the cactus still in bloom, too. And this week we have the first woolly star (Eriastrum sapphirinum) of the season.

Until a few weeks ago the liverwort (Asterella californica) looked like it would develop all the way to producing spores. Alas, the developing receptacles have disintegrated and that batch of liverwort, in Canyon 6, is in the process of disappearing. Today I found only one small patch of bright green liverwort, hidden under grass and other growth in Canyon 5.

California sun cup

California chicory

Western sycamore

Poison oak

Caterpillar phacelia

Common Pacific pea

Common Pacific pea

Bush monkey flower

California primrose

Sapphire woolly star

Cobweb thistle

Strigose lotus

California bluebells

Showy penstemon

Valley cholla


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