Photo from four years ago . My second record for the summit area .
This population was quickly declining when I took this photo 7 years ago . I only saw it bloom once or twice in the 7 to 10 years that I checked . Currently choked by Poison Oak .
From past files . Plant very sticky to the touch ( in fact it stuck to itself while I took this photo ) .
At edge of marsh . O.elata or O.glazioviana is my best guess ( leaning towards O.glazioviana ) .
At edge of marsh . This plant is nearly three feet tall . Looks like Bidens laevis ?
At edge of marsh .
A small colony found at marsh edge . This may be a second East Bay record as Dianne Lake`s 2010 book only lists it at nearby Browns Island and Calflora only lists one record .On my original photo enlarged I can see hairs or spines on the calyx ( unable to see this in the above photo ) .
Saw a total of three tarantulas on the hike today.
Near shoreline, brackish water
Female laying eggs
On alkali mallow and salt heliotrope
In Alkali Mallow.
Brief description of what you observed
Found late in the day at the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center .
Found along Mitchell Canyon fire road on Ranunculus canus .
Nectaring at Epilobium brachycarpum . It kept circling back to this same clump of flowers . At edge of a marsh .
At edge of a marsh .
Seen nectaring on Epilobium brachycarpum between road and marsh edge . Note 3 small dots dorsally and gray-brown plain ventrally .