sandy beach, looks like a burrower
AKA: Moth Plant, White Bladderflower, Common Moth Vine and Cruel Vine
The large seed capsules of this trailing vine resemble a milkweed (Asclepias) such as eriocarpa. Growing flat on the ground among stands of Asclepias fascicularis in a somewhat seculeded field. See: http://books.google.com/books?id=wAyG5J_7uOAC&lpg=PA22&ots=UuLU2SA_mz&dq=Araujia%20sericofera%22the%20jepson%20manual%22&pg=PA171#v=onepage&q=Araujia%20sericofera%22the%20jepson%20manual%22&f=false
There is quite a lot of Asclepias fascicularis in this secluded vacant land located east of Storke Road and south of Hollister Avenue south of the railroad tracks. While it appeared a bit water stressed due to the current drought conditions, flowers and seed capsules were abundant. The photograph only shows a portion of one small patch, but there is quite a lot more in this general area.
walking in our driveway on a hot afternoon
Alisal Rd. golf course
Thanks, there was a small colony with young bugs and old bugs. Will have to make known.
In Oak Woodland along riparian creek, Trail to Nojoqui Falls.
Wee baby lizard on a hike near Knapp's Castle in Santa Barbara County
This stand of A. eriocarpa is located on the west side of Foxen Canyon Road. Access through the barbed wire fence under the oak tree.
These plants (~50) were in glorious full bloom, a couple of which had maturing, yellowish seed capsules.
Although some plants were shedding blooms, most were in very vigorous condition despite the current drought. No monarch butterfly ova, larva, nor pupa observed, as well as none in flight nor any chewed leaves.