Mountain Home to West Point - Flowers
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California Poppy

Eschscholzia californica

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Poppy Family

Native

  Blooms February September.

  Yellow/orange flower about 2 across.

  4 petals at the end of roughly 6 stems.

  Divided leaves branch out from the stem.

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade

california poppy-3--May 5 2012 FairfaxBolinas

California Poppy--June 27 Mt Tam

California Poppy-4--May 5 2012 FairfaxBolinas

Douglas Iris

Iris douglasiana

 

Shady, damp areas

 

Iris Family

Native

 

  Blooms April June

  Flower cream to purple, about 2.5 across.

  One to three flowers on a stem, 6 18 tall.

  Leaves narrow and long, with parallel veins.

  [3] [5] [6] [7] Common

Douglas Iris Flower Thumb - South Mt Tam -  May 7 2012

Douglas Iris-Iris douglasiana-Aug 7 2012 Mt Tam and Lagunitas

Iris-Iris douglasiana-April

Milk Maids

Cardamine caifornica

 

All areas

 

Cabbage Family

Native

  Blooms January to April.

  4 white petals.

  Small flowers, about , in groups at the end of the stem.

  Leaf shape is odd, with a few serrations, and ovals cut out between them.

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade, but only in early Spring.

Cardamine-383--2011-02-09

Cardamine--2011-02-09

Cardamine--2011-02-09-2

Bush Lupine

Lupinus albifrons var. douglasii

 

All areas

 

Pea Family

Native

  Blooms April - July

  Many pea-shaped flowers, arranged in groups at the end of a stem.

  Leaves finger like, often hairy

  Fuzzy pea pods 2 to 4, May August.

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade

Bush Lupine-6 South Mt. Tam Flower Thumb May 07, 2012

Bush Lupine-7 South Mt. Tam Leaf Thumb May 07, 2012

Bush Lupine South Mt. Tam Profile Thumb May 07, 2012

Chaparral Pea

Pickeringia montana

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Pea Family

Native

  Brilliant flowers April to June

  Tiny oval leaves, in threes.

  Almost right-angled short pointy branches.

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade

Chaparral Pea-2-Pickeringia montana-May 7 2012-2

Chaparral Pea South Mt. Tam Profile Thumb May 07, 2012

Sticky Monkey Flower

Mimulus aurantiacus

All areas

Lopseed Family

Native

  Bright orange trumpet flowers March - August

  Dark seed coverings obvious after blooming.

  Thin glossy opposite leaves with indented veins

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade

Sticky Monkey Flower-2--Feb 23 2012

Sticky Monkey Flower Leaves Leaf Thumb

Sticky Monkey Flowers South Mt. Tam Profile Thumb May 07, 2012

Yerba Santa

Eriodictyon californicum

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Borage Family

Native

  White blooms, April to June.

  Leaves, 3 to 5 inches long, often darker than other plants.

  Leaves long and skinny with serrations.

  Leaves often have black moldy-looking spots on them.

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade

Yerba Santa--May 8 2012 Mt Tam

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Chamise

Adenostoma fasciculatum

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Rose Family

Native

  Tiny flowers bloom June to August.

  Stems often more apparent than leaves.

  Leaves tiny, look like needles.

  Often paler in color/texture than plants around it.

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade

Chamise-3-Adenostoma fasciculatum -May 23 2012 Hoo Koo Y Koo Trail

French Broom

Genista monspessulana

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Pea Family

Not native

  Brilliant sprays of yellow pea flowers bloom March to May.

  Short oval leaves, in 3s

  Fuzzy pea pods

  Lots of space between branches.

  [7] Common on Gravity Car Road

French Broom-Genista monspessulana-__VS-2

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Spanish Broom

Spartium junceum

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Pea Family

Not Native

  Brilliant sprays of yellow pea flowers bloom March to May.

  Flowers larger and deeper yellow than French Broom,

  Flowers at end of straight branches

  Leaves not noticable.

  [7] Less common on Gravity Car Road

Spanish Broom-2-Spartium junceum-2012-05-07 South Mt Tam-2

Spanish Broom-2-Spartium junceum-2012-05-07 South Mt Tam-3

Spanish Broom-Spartium junceum-2012-05-07 South Mt Tam-2

Golden Fleece

Ericameria arborescens

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Aster Family

Native

  Yellow blooms August to September, at the ends of stems

  Leaves long, shaped like stiff curved grass.

  Overall appearance is soft, feathery, green

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade

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Golden Fleece-Ericameria arborescens-Aug 25 2012 Eldridge Loop

Golden Fleece-4-Ericameria arborescens-June 10 2012 Mt Tam

Golden Fleece-3-Ericameria arborescens-July 5 2012 Mt. Tam

Wooly Indian Paintbrush

Castilleja foliolosa

 

All areas

 

Broomrape Family

Native

  Blooms March August

  Orange-red ball of flowers on top of a 2-6 stem.

  Fuzzy, long, thin, cupped, pale green leaves

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade

Indian Paintbrush South Mt. Tam Flower Thumb May 07, 2012

Paintbrush-373--2011-02-09-2

Indian Paintbrush and Chamise South Mt. Tam Copy 1 May 07, 2012

Wavyleaf Ceanothus

Ceanothus foliosus

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Buckthorn Family

Native

  Shrub usually less than 3 feet tall.

  Leaves less than long.

  Leaves not like tiny needles (see Chamise)

  Blue flower with white accents.

  [5] Common on Railroad Grade

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Wavyleaf and Wedgeleaf Ceanothus-Ceanothus cuneatus-Feb 23 2012

Wavyleaf Ceanothus-Ceanothus foliosus -Apr 14 2012

Wedgeleaf Ceanothus

Ceanothus cuneatus

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Buckthorn Family

Native

  See Wavyleaf Ceanothus above, which is more common.

  Stems branch at near 90 degrees.(like Chaparral Pea)

  Leaves oval, organized on opposite sides of the stem.

  [5] Less common on Railroad Grade

Wedgeleaf Ceanothus Flower Thumb - South Mt Tam - Feb 12 2012.jpg

Wedgeleaf Ceanothus Pale Blue Flowers Flower Thumb - South Mt Tam - Feb 23 2012.jpg

Wedgeleaf Ceanothus-4-Ceanothus cuneatus-Feb 23 2012

California Huckleberry

Vaccinium ovatum

 

All areas

 

Heather Family

Native

  Leaves about 1, oval ending in a point.

  Leaf stiff and shiny,

  Small pink and white flowers hanging in groups.

  Leaves and stems often red.

  very dark blue fruit

  [5] Less common on Railroad Grade

Huckleberry Flower-2-Vaccinium ovatum -May 7 2012-2

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Huckleberry-Vaccinium ovatum -May 8 2012 Mt Tam-2

Hairy Cats Ear

Hypochaeris radicata

 

All areas

 

Aster Family

Not Native

  Blooms February to April. Seeds stay on the plants for some time after, until the wind blows them away.

  Yellow petals have cuts at the end.

  Seeds organized in a spherical puffy ball.

  [2] Less common on Hogback Fire Road.

Dandelion-10--June 30 Mt Tam

Dandelion--June 27 Mt Tam

Dandelion-9--June 30 Mt Tam

Redwood Sorrel

Oxalis oregana

 

Shady, damp areas

 

Oxalis Family

Native

  Blooms February to June.

  5 petals, with purple stripes.

  Flower has striking yellow and green center, with white-tipped stamens.

  Heart-shaped leaves arranged in 3s.

  [3] Common on Matt Davis Trail.

Redwood Sorrel-6-Oxalis oregana-Feb 23 2012

Redwood Sorrel-5-Oxalis oregana-Feb 23 2012

Redwood Sorrel-Oxalis oregana-Feb 23 2012

Western Trillium

Trillium ovatum

 

Shady, damp areas

 

Melanthiaceae Family

Native

  Blooms February to June.

  3 petals. 3 small leaves (called sepals) offset with the petals. 3 main leaves below that.

  Often found under redwoods, in damp shade.

  [3] Common on Matt Davis Trail.

Western Trillium-Trillium ovatum-Feb 23 2012

Western Trillium-4-Trillium ovatum-Feb 23 2012

Western Trillium-3-Trillium ovatum-Feb 23 2012

Bush Poppy

Dendromecon rigida

 

Sunny, dry areas

 

Poppy Family

Native

  Blooms February to May

  4 yellow petals.

  Leaves are slightly leathery, with a fine serration. Very different from California Poppy leaves.

  Fruits very thin, 2 to 4 long

  [5] Less common on Railroad Grade

Bush Poppy-10-Dendromecon rigida-Apr 21 2012 Mt Tam

Bush Poppy-5-Helianthemum scoparium-Apr 21 2012 Mt Tam

Bush Poppy--June 10 2012 Mt Tam

California Honeysuckle

Lonicera hispidula

 

All areas

 

Honeysuckle Family

Native

  Blooms April to July

  Pink trumpet flowers with long stamens sticking out.

  These turn into bright translucent red berries

  Leaves next to flower or berries wrap around the stem.

  [5] Less common on Railroad Grade

California Honeysuckle-Lonicera_hispidula_v-__DS

Pink Honeysuckle-2--June 10 2012 Mt Tam-2

California Honeysuckle-Lonicera hispidula-Oct 7 Pt Reyes

Coastal Morning Glory

Calystegia purpurata

All areas

 

Bindweed Family

Native

  Blooms April to September

  5 petals are fused, making a single round disk, about 3 across.

  White flower, with pink or purple tinges on the outside edge, and yellow-green in the center.

  Arrow-shaped leaves.

  [5] [7] Less ommon

Coastal Morning Glory-Calystegia purpurata-May 7 2012

Coastal Morning Glory-Calystegia purpurata-Jan 11 2012

Coastal Morning Glory-2-Calystegia purpurata-July 11 2012 Pirates Cove

Bear-Grass

Xerophyllum tenax

 

Double Bow Knot on Railroad Grade

 

Melanthiaceae Family

Native

  Stems several feet tall. Look for lots of thin leaves when the flowers are not in bloom.

  Many tiny white flowers form a bunch at the end of the stem.

  Blooms May to June.

  [6] Less common at double-bow knot

Bear Grass-4 South Mt. Tam Flower Thumb May 07, 2012

T13 Beargrass in Glacier National Park  Flower Thumb June 10, 2011

Bear Grass-6 South Mt. Tam Profile Thumb May 07, 2012

Resinous Rock Rose

Cistus ladanifer

 

Double Bow Knot on Railroad Grade

 

Rock Rose Family

Not Native

  Blooms April and May

  White flower with very thin petals, 3 to 4 across.

  Distinctive wavy edge on leaf.

  [6] One plant behind old cement boarding platform at double-bow knot.

Rock Rose-7-Cistus sp.-Apr 21 2012 Mt Tam

Rock Rose-8-Cistus sp.-Apr 21 2012 Mt Tam

Rock Rose-Cistus sp.-Apr 21 2012 Mt Tam

 

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