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What

Bigelow's spike moss Selaginella bigelovii

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 21, 2012

Description

Growing in some of the driest, rockiest areas, this low-growing plant spends much of the year looking brown and dessicated, but with the rains, it becomes green and lush. It is a pteridophyte, an ancient groups of terrestrial plants that includes horsetails and ferns. Bigelow's Spike Moss is almost entirely endemic to California, extending just past the border along the state's southeastern edge.

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What

Bigelow's spike moss Selaginella bigelovii

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 28, 2010

Description

Common on dry, rocky slopes along the Balconies Cliffs Trail at Pinnacles National Monument. Some were changing colors with the recent rains.

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What

California Maidenhair Fern Adiantum jordanii

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 13, 2011

Description

Only a few living California Maidenhair Ferns (family Pteridaceae) were present in the cool, damp north slope of the lower Bear Gulch drainage although large mats of dead maidenhair fern were present in several locations.

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Goldback Fern Pentagramma triangularis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 13, 2011

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What

Goldback Fern Pentagramma triangularis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

October 22, 2011

Description

While most of the ferns away from the regular creeks were shriveled and dried, a few were still green along shaded stretches of the Juniper Canyon Trail on the west side of Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito Co., CA

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bird's foot cliffbrake Pellaea mucronata

Observer

rjadams55

Date

October 22, 2011

Description

While most of the ferns at Pinnacles Natl. Monument this time of year are dried and shriveled, these Birds-foot Cliffbrakes were found growing out of a west-facing stone wall on the Tunnel Trail (elev. 2135 ft).

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What

coffee fern Pellaea andromedifolia

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 13, 2011

Description

Coffee Ferns were fairly common in damp shaded areas, especially on slopes, throughout the Bear Gulch portion of Pinnacles National Monument. Their name presumably comes from the "coffee bean" shape of their leaflets.

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What

Giant Chain Fern Woodwardia fimbriata

Observer

rjadams55

Date

September 24, 2011

Description

Chain Fern (also known as Giant Chain Fern) (family Blechnaceae) along Bear Gulch Creek at Pinnacles National Monument. There are few areas at Pinnacles with the consistent moisture needed to for these large ferns to thrive.

Its name comes from the chain-like arrangement of the sporangia under the leaves.

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What

coastal woodfern Dryopteris arguta

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 13, 2011

Description

Patches of Coastal Wood Fern (family Dryopteridaceae) are common on the shaded, damp, south slope of the lower Bear Gulch Drainage,the thickest mature riparian habitat in Pinnacles National Monument.

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What

Gray Pine Pinus sabiniana

Observer

rjadams55

Date

September 24, 2011

Description

Gray Pines,formally known as Digger Pines are endemic to dry, rocky regions of California and a prevalent component of the Pinnacles flora.

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What

golden yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 11, 2012

Description

The leaves on this Golden Yarrow are still tightly balled against the stem, but they will unfurl as spring approaches. It was found on the dry, west facing slope of the Tunnel Trail at Pinnacles National Monument.

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What

California whiptail Aspidoscelis tigris ssp. mundus

Observer

danielgeorge

Date

July 3, 2015 09:48 AM PDT

Description

Seen foraging on whitish dried scat.

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Indian Warrior Pedicularis densiflora

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 11, 2012

Description

This plant was growing under a patch of Grey Pine and oaks along the High Peaks Trail.

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What

chaparral broomrape Orobanche bulbosa

Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 28, 2011

Description

Lovely little parasite. The Chaparral Broomrape lacks chlorophyll, but instead gets its nutrients by parasitizing the roots of Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculata), a common chaparral shrub. Found along the High Peaks Trail at Pinnacles National Monument.

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What

Woolly Indian Paintbrush Castilleja foliolosa

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 12, 2012

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Observer

joaaelst

Date

May 16, 2015 06:13 PM PDT

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Observer

joaaelst

Date

May 16, 2015 06:31 PM PDT

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Observer

joaaelst

Date

May 16, 2015 06:10 PM PDT

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What

Milkmaids Cardamine californica

Observer

rjadams55

Date

January 29, 2011

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Tufted Poppy Eschscholzia caespitosa

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 21, 2012

Description

Very similar to the California Poppy (E. californica), Tufted Poppies can be immediately separated by the lack of a flared pinkish rim at the base of their petals.

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What

bush poppy Dendromecon rigida

Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 29, 2011

Description

Common in bloom along the upper Condor Gulch and High Peaks Trails

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hoary wild buckwheat Eriogonum saxatile

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 11, 2012

Description

The very unusual looking Rock Buckwheat (family Polygonaceae) is a common plant in the rocky chaparral / scree habitats in the upper reaches of Pinnacles National Monument.

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What

Leafy California Buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 22, 2010

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Mojave Desert California buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 22, 2010

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What

Padre's shootingstar Dodecatheon clevelandii

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 12, 2012

Description

These lovely flowers were common in grassy and shaded areas along the Juniper Canyon Trail at Pinnacles N.P.

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What

Padre's shootingstar Dodecatheon clevelandii

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 11, 2012

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What

Padre's shootingstar Dodecatheon clevelandii

Observer

rjadams55

Date

January 29, 2011

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What

Monkey Musk Erythranthe guttata

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 21, 2012

Description

This lovely little monkeyflower was growing in a damp patch along the lower stretch of the Juniper Canyon Trail.

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vinegar weed Trichostema lanceolatum

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 28, 2010

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Gray Pine Dwarf Mistletoe Arceuthobium occidentale

Observer

rjadams55

Date

January 8, 2012

Description

These parasitic Golden Mistletoe (family Viscaceae) were found growing on a Grey Pine (Pinus sabiniana) on the Balconies Trail at Pinnacles National Monument.