Growing in moss (Kindbergia?). Fibrilose stem, no obvious bruise or smell.
In full and glorious bloom on the north side.
My first of the year.
Soredia laminal, pseudocyphellae abundant and obvious. On oak bark, Q. lobata I think.
An odd variant ? The leaves on most Contra Costa Manzanitas are more pointed .
Several in the area were in early to near peak bloom .
At this location all were past peak bloom except this individual . This plant lacks the red petioles of nearby plants . Any ID on the insect in the larger photo ?
See only a few in bloom .
In a canyon , in bloom . See many elsewhere today at Mount Diablo .
This colony is listed as a hybrid zone between Polypodium calirhiza and P. glycyrrhiza in The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo , California ( Ertter and Bowerman ). This is based on a chromosome count . Note the very large size and the pinnae being slightly pointed .
In bloom .
Several in early bloom at Rock City Trail area .
Two or three feeding.
Several feeding on Manzanita blossoms.
Perched in Gray Pine.
They seem hit pretty hard, maybe by the drought.