Round-stemmed thistle to 5' tall. Leaves marbled, wavy-margined, hairless, spiny. Phyllaries broadly spiny; heads ~2" across.
Burgundy stalk ~12" tall; lower lip white, spotted, widening to tip.
Sparsely hairy on inside. Found in serpentine grassland among non native annual grasses on east side of Pine Mountain Road
Found directly roadside at end of Bon Tempe Dam rd on a shaded, north facing road bank above Alpine Lake. Growing out of remnant straw wattle over very rocky soil with various non-native annual grasses.
Found on serpentine soil, nestled under rock
Found in shady, moist environment in redwood grove;
On top of a Mossy chiton.
Upper left area in photo is Ochre Sea star, which closely matches coloring & texture of coralline algae, which is a bit lighter below it. Thought I was seeing two sea stars at first.
Large one on right (thanks again to Susan/invertzoo for ID!). :)
Adjacent to park's parking lot.
Didn't get a chance to show this to our instructor, so I have no idea what it was. Overexposed photo, so the creature was a little darker/richer in color. Thanks for any help. :)
Largest one about 3/4" long.