272 degrees aspect, growing beneath Baccharis sp., in Baccharis/Stipa grassland, 100 feet uphill from shore.
Seen on the horse trail in pt Reyes natl seashore
Under cattle guard. Leaves in loose rosettes. Yellow flowers.
24" tall, clear sap, yellow flowers, covered in aphids. Phyllaries broad, forming awn around flowerhead.
Inflorescence cylindrical, flowers white to pale purple, low-growing, shrubby plant.
Yellow flowers, 8" tall, leaves lanceolate, flower have upper spur and three lower lobes. Plant is sticky/hairy.
Luckily enough, Josiah Clark, one of the Gods of Bay Area birding, was on this Wildflower walk. He heard it before he saw it: "That's a Lark Sparrow!" On an outcrop covered in poison-oak. Everyone gasped as my little camera brought it in from really far away. Not a Lifer - saw in August of '14 in San Jose.
Not sure if it was because it was insanely fresh but blue tinge to hind wing fringe. Might have been an aberrant.
Some discussion as to species. Single flower and whole thing only inches from the ground. No stalk.
Hard to walk pass these draped rocks...
This was the one the trip was focused to see...
I just saw this for the first time this season back on Ring Mountain. Now I was amongst slopes full of them.
Jack Sigg pointed this out. Said this native grass in rare in San Francisco
I listed to the keying of what a few thought Castilleja....turned out to be a non-native...
They'd laid their eggs right in the parking lot..
CNPS Marin Chapter Wildflower walk on some guy's private ranch...