Hillside walk, 19 July 2016

Today's tally of only 6 blooming native species is a tie with the lowest recorded so far in the four years of this survey. Before long the count is likely to go lower. The dryness on the hillsides is close to total, and especially notable on the north hillside, which having less shrubbery produces the larges array of spring wildflowers. So many plants that one takes for granted as being present on the hillsides are showing signs of dying, either partially or wholly, including the California fuchsia (Ribes speciosum), coffeeberry (Frangula californica), and hoaryleaf ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolius var. planus). Some of these may not recover.

Now we are in the eighth week of bloom for the chaparral yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei). At least five or six are in flower on the north hillside and one or two on the west hillside.

Lower north hillside

Branching phacelia

Branching phacelia

Dodder

Laurel sumac

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

Chaparral yucca

Chaparral yucca

Blue elderberry

Leafy California buckwheat

   

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