Saw the picture of the flower from the other observations and it does not look like those dried things, the seed head for that species does not look like what I have here, forgot to examine the odor, dam!
Calflora doesn't have anything on it, and I found out that Comptonia peregrina is native to the east of north america. I don't know what going on. typed up Comptonia, only Comptonia peregrina popped up, this can't be that species.
Update: boom ya too late!
This species used to exist on the mainland in ancient times, but no it only lives on the Channel Islands and in cultivation. Someone mentioned that they don't reproduce in the wild. Can anyone confirm that? What's the best source on this species?
Rather fantastic moment of the day when Jerry stopped the truck and told us about this primitive tree that has a different species on each of the islands. He's discovered two moths hosting on it..
SF Butterfly Count. Bob Hall, my wingman for the day, I.d.ed this from " The Trees of San Francisco "
Lyonothamnus is a monotypic genus of trees in the rose family containing the single living species Lyonothamnus floribundus, which is known by the common name Catalina ironwood, and the subspecies L. f. ssp. aspleniifolius and L. f. ssp. floribundus.