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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

December 9, 2013 11:30 AM PST

Description

About a dozen, at least one tom, feeding on bank and just north of Codornices Creek at the Ohlone Greenway (opposite 1200 Masonic).

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giant vetch Vicia gigantea

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

Giant vetch, growing in thickets in damp areas, is easily recognized by warm pink blossoms and large "fronds" with 16 or more leaflets.

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snakeroot Sanicula crassicaulis

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

Pacific sanicle, with ball-like yellow flowers and rounded, three-part leaves, is a common understory plant that also forms large patches along trails in semi-shade.

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coastal woodfern Dryopteris arguta

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

Wood fern is widespread in the oak understory. It is stiffer and less delicate than lady fern, which is rare in the area.

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Miner's lettuce Claytonia perfoliata

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

Miner's lettuce, with crunchy round leaves and tiny white flowers, is a fairly common groundcover in areas with moisture and a mix of shade and sun.

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creeping snowberry Symphoricarpos mollis

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

Common groundcover on shady slopes, especially north facing. Blooming.

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Ithuriel's spear Triteleia laxa

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

Blooming in NW grassland, with Stipa and blue-eyed grass.

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purple sanicle Sanicula bipinnatifida

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

Purple sanicle, with finely divided, blue-green, shiny leaves, is much less common than its yellow-flowered cousin. It may prefer more sun.

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Pacific ninebark Physocarpus capitatus

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

Large clumps along and above lower north creek, blooming.

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California manroot Marah fabacea

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

Common in shady woods and wood edges, blooming.

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graceful bedstraw Galium porrigens

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 2, 2012

Description

Graceful bedstraw is reasonably common in semi-shade to almost full sun, growing by itself or supported on shrubs. But you have to look closely because it is so tiny.

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narrowleaf mule-ears Wyethia angustifolia

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 2, 2012

Description

Narrowleaf mule-ears, with sunflower-like blossoms rising slightly above clumps of wave, rather strap-like leaves, forms striking patches in grasslands.

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Pacific false bindweed Calystegia purpurata

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

May 2, 2012

Description

Pacific false bindweed, whose flowers and heart-like leaves show its close relationship to morning glories, is a tough, drought-tolerant trailing vine.

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Oakland mariposa lily Calochortus umbellatus

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

April 6, 2012

Description

Tiny rare mariposa lily found in few locations. Location is inaccurate due to rarity.

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Observer

fivecreeks

Date

April 6, 2012

Description

Tiny but tough annual lupine growing in full sun in rocky service road.

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Douglas iris Iris douglasiana

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

On level above quarry, with other monocots

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blue dicks Dichelostemma capitatum

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

Grassy meadows along fire road north of King Court entrance

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bracken Pteridium aquilinum

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 26, 2012

Description

Under oaks S. of N. Regency entrance, in open understory with Ribes menziesii and californicum, hazelnut (Corylus cornuta), Rubus ursinus. Bracken, like sword fern, seems relatively uncommon here. Wood and goldback fern are more common.

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bracken Pteridium aquilinum

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 26, 2012

Description

Large feathery fern with prominent stalk. More common at edges and in scrub than in forest, as here.

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bluewitch nightshade Solanum umbelliferum

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 26, 2012

Description

Large gray shrub, growing with Solanum americanum, poison oak, and native blackberry, near top of Hillside Natural Area S. of entrance at end of Regency Court, NE of oak forest.

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California blackberry Rubus ursinus

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 19, 2012

Description

Native blackberry rivals poison oak as the most common understory plant in the Hillside Natural Area. This patch is in sun near willows along a creek, but it also flourishes under oaks. It is easily recognized by having prickles rather than thorns -- if you can grasp it without pain, it's native blackberry.

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goldback fern Pentagramma triangularis

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 18, 2012

Description

On trail cut mini-bluff short distance in from Douglas Drive entrance; also elsewhere in steep, dry areas. Old fronds and tiny new ones uncurled after rain.

Note map here shows nonexistent road overlay; trail is isocontour along hill.

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Pacific pea (Lathyrus vestitus) Lathyrus vestitus

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 18, 2012

Description

Above trail in from Douglas, starting at channel crossing, with tangle of native blackberry, honeysuckle, Erharta, more. Just beginning to bloom. Some pink, some white.

Satellite map shows nonexistent straight road overlay; trail is isocontour below.

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hedge nettles Genus Stachys

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 8, 2012

Description

Stachys is one of the most common groundcover plants. This one, first I saw blooming in spring, looks like Stachys bullata, but could be Stachys rigida -- experts have identified both in the area, and they are difficult to tell apart

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Genus Stipa Genus Stipa

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 4, 2012

Description

Needlegrass is just beginning to flower; this is from very high on the hill, in full sun. I don't know whether this is Stipa lepida, cernua, or pulchra, but it's lovely to see the long, delicate needles flashing in the breeze. At the foot of the clump is last fall's goldenrod.

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Common Yarrow Achillea millefolium

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 4, 2012

Description

Yarrow flourishes throughout the area, often in surprisingly shady places, although this was in full sun.

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hairy gumweed Grindelia hirsutula

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 2, 2012

Description

Blooming above high service road, with Agoseris, Lupine, and Sidalcea.

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Western blue-eyed grass Sisyrinchium bellum

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

March 2, 2012

Description

Small patch on flat above old quarry, between service road and cliff.

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dwarf checkermallow Sidalcea malviflora

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

February 26, 2012

Description

Meadow above high service road. Not keyed to subspecies

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dusky-footed woodrat Neotoma fuscipes

Observer

fivecreeks

Date

February 26, 2012

Description

Saw nest only, not rat. Several nests in oak forest.

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