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Salsify Tragopogon porrifolius

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Date

July 28, 2012

Description

I have been waiting to catch this flower for a cool minute. I have seen the plant and it's seedpods a bunch of times and I have been curious to what the flower looked like. Last weekend on a stroll along the highway I finally found the inflorescences. Non-native to California.

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Yellow Sac Spiders Genus Cheiracanthium

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greenrosettas

Date

July 29, 2012

Description

Constructing a garden box yesterday when my daughter and I found this little guy. Using bugguide we think we found a pretty close ID of it being a Yellow Sac spider. Front two were longer than the other legs, there was a stripe running laterally down the abdomen, and was yellow although had a tinge of green. Discovered the spider in an old wood pile which from a description of these spiders we read that they frequent gardens and wood piles during the summer months and later then to move inside into houses. Where we are in West Oakland it seemed a perfect fit.

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saltmarsh bulrush Bolboschoenus maritimus ssp. paludosus

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greenrosettas

Date

July 28, 2012

Description

Is it....?

"Rushes have brushes and sedges have edges."

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Hollyhock Alcea rosea

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greenrosettas

Date

July 24, 2012

Description

Not too long ago there was a buliding in this empty lot. Once it was torn down an amazing array of wildflowers bloomed in its absence. This non-native is yet another addition to the bouquet.

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California whiptail Aspidoscelis tigris ssp. mundus

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greenrosettas

Date

July 22, 2012

Description

I finally saw the whiptail lizard! WAHHHHH!

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giant chain fern Woodwardia fimbriata

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

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western Labrador tea Rhododendron columbianum

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

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salal Gaultheria shallon

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

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Giant chinquapin Chrysolepis chrysophylla

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

Description

Found during a Merritt College natural history course, The Natural History of California State Parks.

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redwood violet Viola sempervirens

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

Description

Found in a redwood forest along the side of a firetrail. The coloration in the photo looks a bit off, but was a handsome small yellow violet.

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pygmy cypress Cupressus goveniana ssp. pigmaea

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

Description

The Pygmy Forest of Salt Point State Park.

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

Description

Found under a log in a mixed woods of bay, redwood, madrone, and douglas fir.

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

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Western forest scorpion Uroctonus mordax

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

Description

Forest scorpion found under an old piece of metal.

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muskflower Mimulus moschatus

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

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False Hellebores Genus Veratrum

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greenrosettas

Date

July 21, 2012

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coastal brookfoam (Boykinia occidentalis) Boykinia occidentalis

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greenrosettas

Date

July 8, 2012

Description

Found growing on a large rock near a creek.

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Non-native to California.

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Western skunk cabbage Lysichiton americanus

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

No flower to be seen, but rest assured I would stray from taking the time to smell this rose.

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Northern Elephant Seal Mirounga angustirostris

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Seals are here in the summer months pulled out on the beach taking a break from the water while they molt their skin.

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Not completely sure on the ID.

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salmon and allies Family Salmonidae

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Seen swimming in a spot of sunlight in the creek near the bridge. Unsure to what they may be, but I was thinking some kind of trout.

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White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Low bulrush

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Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Birds were in silhouette so I took some liberty with the photo.

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seaside woolly sunflower Eriophyllum staechadifolium

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

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bristly ox-tongue Helminthotheca echioides

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Non-native to California.

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Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Seen sunning itself along side the road. Lots of thimble berry, huckleberry, and twin berry in the area. Not completely sure on the ID.

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Yellow-spotted Millipede Harpaphe haydeniana

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Shown under the UV light.

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greenrosettas

Date

July 15, 2012

Description

Found along side Pescadero Creek on a sandbar. The spider was laying in wait in the piles of driftwood, pine cones, and acorn husks that was up on these sand bars. Coloration of the spider matched well to this "duff" material which had blacken.

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