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What's blooming where?

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ozoneretired is a group administrator ozoneretired says:

Jepson Prairie is beginning to show some color.

Yellow carpet (Blennosperma), scattering of Goldfields (Lasthenia), Prairie Bells (Frittilaria), Biscuit root (Lomatium), Golden violets (Viola), Shooting stars (Dodecatheon), Yarrow (Achillea) is sprouting but not yet blooming, Butter and eggs (Triphysaria), Meadowfoam (Limnanthes) is starting to show, Popcorn flower (Plagiobothrys) a couple of species blooming, my first view of Saxifraga integrifolia or smooth leaf saxifrage. Dwarf lupine (Lupinus), Semaphore grass (Pleuropogon) both the early season and late season plants, fiddleneck (Amsinckia).

Lots of plants growing. A couple of warm days and the early season bloom should really get started.

On Saturday's season opening tour, Invertebrate expert and docent, C.J. Addington captured the first California Clam Shrimp he's seen in the past several years. Also a range of other vernal pool shrimp and insects.

Check the hike schedule at www.solanolandtrust.org for docent led hiking schedules and pertinent information. Then get out and see some of the most unique properties in Northern California.
10:20PM, 14 March 2011 PDT (permalink)

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ozoneretired is a group administrator ozoneretired says:

Upcoming reports on the bloom at Lynch Canyon, Rush Ranch and the King-Swett Reserve.
101 months ago (permalink)

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ozoneretired is a group administrator ozoneretired says:

Jepson is overflowing with water. Olcott is flowing across Cook Lane, it has also crossed out into the periphery of the uplands, flooding the trail in the Docent's triangle. If it ever stops raining, and the temperature climbs a little, we should see an exposion of color.

New plants seen blooming recently are Muilla, Trifolium barbigerum, Castilleja campestris and a couple I can't ID.

At the risk of tempting fate I think we're in for a magnificent bloom this season.
100 months ago (permalink)

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ozoneretired is a group administrator ozoneretired says:

Short hike today. Saw three new blooms, Purple sanicle, Dichelostemma and white-tipped clover. More Prairie bells, Golden violets. Blennosperma and Meadowfoam are starting to bloom in greater profusion. More Muilla in bloom. Even saw a couple of solitary bees this morning.

Still quite soggy but this warming trend may kick-start the bloom.
100 months ago (permalink)

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ozoneretired is a group administrator ozoneretired says:

Saturday, 04/16/11.

Blow wives (Achyrachaena mollis) are blooming everywhere and should be maturing soon to display those very photogenic seed heads, first Downingia of the season (D. concolor and D. pusilla), lots of the "clovers" starting to show (T. depauperatum several varieties, T.. barbigerum), Vernal pool Castilleja (C. campestris), Goldfields (Lasthenia) are replacing Yellowcarpet (Blennospera) with large drifts starting to bloom (L. glaberrima or Rayless/smooth goldfields starting to proliferate in the freshwater pools, Oregon timwort or Common microcalis (Cicendia quadrangularis) blooming in many areas, Valley tassels (Castilleja attenuata), Tidy tips (Layia chrysanthemoides).

The bloom should really pick up with the warmer weather ahead but check back as I'll post after each hike.
99 months ago (permalink)

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ozoneretired is a group administrator ozoneretired says:

Hiked Jepson today. The bloom is beginning to accelrate. Large drifts of Goldfields (Lasthenia) and Tidy tips (Layia) in pastures on east and west sides. Scattered among these drifts are grasses Deschampisa and Pleuropogon area two fo the native grasses. Also several native clovers (white tipped, bearded, tomcat), Downigia concolor var. concolor, D. pusilla (dwarf), D. ornatissima var. ornatissima, D. bella.Tritelia hycinthina (White hyacinth), Psilocarphus tenellus (Oregon woolyheads), P. brevissimus var. brevissimus (Short wolly heads), P tenellus var. globiferus ( Slender Woollyheads). Pogogyne zizyphoroides (Sacramento mesamint), Brodeia coronaria ssp coronoaria (Harvest Brodiaea, crown brodiaea), Mimulus tricolor (Tricolored monkeyflower).
99 months ago (permalink)

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