This specimen was a real mystery to me. Found loose on the forest floor in a rocky sloped part of this mixed oak woodland. Thanks to Eve for identifying it
A. Williams, F. Leist, R. Brostrom, S. Tsiu, W. Dreskin
Wavy leaves ~1' long, 2' tall
The small amount of recent rain has brought some of the native species to life, such as this Wavy-leaf soap plant. This plant was used by Native Americans as a source of soap.
A Williams, F Leist, J Slamovich, C Powell
This wad of hair was just sitting in the middle of the trail. On closer inspection you can see the little leaves starting to come out.
Chlorogalum pomeridianum, the wavy-leafed soap plant, California soaproot, or Amole, is the most common and most widely distributed of the soap plants, soaproots or amoles, which make up the genus Chlorogalum of flowering plants. It is occasionally known as the "wild potato", but given the plant's lack of either resemblance or relationship to the potato, this name is not recommended.