Hillside walk, 22 February 2017
Suddenly the hillside has new seasonal flowers! Noteworthy are the California suncup (Camissoniopsis bistorta) at the bottom of the north hillside, with strigose lotus (Acmispon strigosus) and popcorn flower (Crypthanta sp.) on the mid north hillside. Then we have the California peony (Paeonia californica) in Canyon 4, spectacular as usual. And several other new species.
Nevertheless, I can't help feeling that this year's spring wildflower display will be muted because of the thick crop of grass. The past week saw more rain, in fact just on 50 mm on Friday, the biggest storm of the season so far.
In Canyon 6, the amount liverwort (Asterella californica) with spore receptacles exceeds anything I've seen in the past years of this survey.