Hillside walk, 12 June 2016

Various early summer flowers are in full bloom, including sacapellote (Acourtia microcephala), clustered tarplant (Deinandra fasciculata), yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei), toyon (Heterotheca grandiflora), and laurel sumac (Malosma laurina).

This week's most notable find is American lotus (Acmispon americanus var. americanus), with numerous little white flowers on a specimen growing along Lida Street, almost on the asphalt, in the same spot as last year.

It's nice to see plenty of ripe fruit on the blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea) along Lida Street.

And so we have all of that despite the apparent dryness of the hillsides.

Last week the coffee fern (Pallaea andromedifolia) in upper Canyon 3B (west hillside) still had a small amount of green foliage. This week all of the foliage has died. Now it awaits next season's rain; it's amazing how fast this fern comes back to life, almost as instantaneous as the liverworts, when rain arrives.

Clustered tarweed

Branching phacelia

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Southern honeysuckle

Chaparral yucca

Chaparral yucca

American lotus

Mesa prickly pear

Rainfrops on spider web

Blue elderberry

Whispering bells

Caterpillar phacelia

     

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