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.

California sun cup

Coast live oak

Western nettle

California coffeeberry

Popcorn flower

Strigose lotus

Scrub oak

Scrub oak

Common eucrypta

Looking down

Strigose lotus

California liverwort

California liverwort

California peony

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Two color everlasting

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Golden currant

Mulefat

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