Delicate, palmately branched, leaves few or solitary from stout (3-5 mm thick), scaly rhizomes, but form colonies in suitable habitats. Leaves lustrous, dark-brown to purplish-black, erect stipes 15-60 cm tall, the top of the leaf stalk divided into 2 and these divisions divided again; blade 10-40 cm across, set nearly parallel to the ground; each leaflet with oblong or fan-shaped ultimate segments smooth and flat on the lower margin and cleft into ragged, rectangular lobes on the upper margin.
Large, often multi-stemmed, to 35m tall; young bark green and smooth, older bark grey-brown, ridged, and often covered with mosses, lichens, and ferns. Opposite, deciduous, 5-lobed maple leaves, 15-30 cm across, dark green above, paler below, turning yellow in the autumn; leaf stalk exudes milky juice when cut.
Has fewer leaflets (5-9) than it's cousin the Dull Oregon Grape. More rugged in appearance. The holly-like leaves make an excellent barrier hedge. The plant grows by spreading from underground roots. Bright yellow clustered flowers followed by purple fruits. Blooms in spring.
Fronds, clustered, erect and spreading, to 2 meters tall; rhizomes stout, ascending to erect, covered with scales and old leaf stalk bases.
Leaves: Stipes short, fragile, scaly at the base, much shorter than the blades; blades narrowly to broadly lance-shaped, tapering at both ends (with a diamond-shaped profile), 2-3 times pinnate; leaflets 20-40 pairs, upper and lower ones progressively reduced; ultimate segments toothed or lobed.
Sori: Elongate and curved, oblong to horseshoe-shaped; indusium also elongate and curved, attached on 1 side, with hairs and teeth, soon shrivelling.
Large tree up to 60 meters tall, with drooping leader; mature trees often fluted and buttressed at base; branches tend to spread or droop slightly and then turn upward (J-shaped); branchlets spraylike, strongly flattened horizontally; bark grey to reddish brown, tearing off in long fibrous strips; wood aromatic.
Leaves: Scale-like, opposite pairs in 4 rows, the leaves in one pair folded, the leaves in the other not, closely pressed to stem in overlapping shingled arrangement that looks like a flattened braid; glossy yellowish green, turning brown and shedding on branches 3-4 years old.
Cones: Pollen cones minute, numerous, reddish; seed cones with 8-12 scales, egg-shaped, about 1 cm long, in loose clusters, green when immature, becoming brown, woody and turned upward; seeds winged.
This one displaying a mixture of "Red-shafted" and "Yellow-shafted" characteristics.
On the path at claremont canyon regional preserve.
Part of its wing is missing but it could still fly!
Incredibly well camouflaged!
A lonesome rolly polly.
A brown fungus that is growing out of the soil. It is dark brown fading to gray brown. It has little to no stipe. It is very flaky on both sides. Weather: 65F, party sunny sky.
At sibley vilcanic regional preserve. I found these underneath a willow leaf next to the path leading away from the old tunnel road. stsstaging area.
Hundreds if caterpillars devouring French Broom bushes.
Several. Airing their wings on light poles after rain
Cynipid wasp gall on Douglas fir branch
tiger beetle burrow and bits of soil flicked out by larva
Red tree vole feeding sign on resin ducts of Douglas fir. These ducts blew out of a nest during a windstorm and were found below the tree on the path.
Perched on pole at pole field
Coast mole skull found under an old sheet of plywood at the edge of a field. The skull was inside a small ball of grass, which looked like a vole's nest, but no scats or other bones were in the grass ball. Just this old skull.
gray fox mandible - note that the lower part is broken off
Small tree with small lobed leaves. Leaves multicolored due to seasonal change. Lobes palmately lobed and serrated edges.
4 feet tall. Leathery texture, leaves look very similar to holly. There are intensely serrated leaf edges. Very defined mid-vein.
10/30/2014 4:45 PM
It was late afternoon and the sun was hitting everything at a steep angle, it had been partly cloudy all day but now it seemed mostly sunny but cool about 60f. I have observed before that in this area all the birds seem to come out in the late afternoon so i made an effort to be available during this time. I was sitting on the edge go a small orchard the fruit growing there on small trees was yellow and i am not familiar with it. I spotted Aphelocoma californica also known western scrub-jays. They seem to be intentionally staying in proximity to each other, one would perch in the tree wile the other moved over the ground pecking at it, then the one on the ground would fly up to the tree and the one on the tree would take the others spot on the ground, this trading of places happened 10 -15 times. I assume they where eating something but when I tried to move closer they flew away. A careful inspection of the ground did not reveal anything to my eyes.
Later on my walk home I obseverd another pair of scrub-jays kind of leapfrogging up and down a tree. I wonder i scrub-jays always move in Pairs?
Some of the wasps in this area had white abdomens, and some, like this one, had yellow abdomens. Not sure if they are the same species or two different ones.
distinctive orange to red smooth peeled bark, cool gnarled growth habit, dark green waxy leaves. bears small orange to red fruits in clusters in fall. evergreen.