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Broad-lipped Twayblade Neottia convallarioides

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kalelevin

Date

July 12, 2021 08:49 AM PDT

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Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus

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rangerwild

Date

June 22, 2021 03:13 PM PDT

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Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

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kueda

Date

September 8, 2012

Description

This pic is total crap, but crossbills! They are real! In Tilden! I got great looks thanks to fellow birder with an epic Zeiss scope. This couple came up to us while we were scoping and Zeiss dude told them we were looking at crossbills. The guy in the couple started freaking out. "No way. No WAY. NO WAYY!!!" Zeiss dude thought the guy was having him on. "You don't actually care, do you," he said, crestfallen, to which the guy replied, "No no I really do! I'm a biologist! I was almost going to bring my binoculars today!" Totally hilarious. I thought the guy was joking too. Lesson: don't doubt a birder's birder cred just because he's not holding binos.

Didn't see the Green-tailed Towhee that's supposed to be up there too, but I did see numerous people looking for it.

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What

Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

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rangerwild

Date

July 9, 2021 05:06 PM PDT

Description

Seen near Tuolumne meadows on the Lyell canyon trail. I heard the trill song too which matches the white-winged. It was raining. What do you think birders? Is it a red crossbill or white-winged?

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Alpine Enchanter's-Nightshade Circaea alpina

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rangerwild

Date

July 14, 2021 07:18 PM PDT

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White Sagebrush Artemisia ludoviciana

Date

July 11, 2021 12:15 PM PDT

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Boreal Sagewort Artemisia norvegica ssp. saxatilis

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pemoore

Date

October 13, 2020 04:03 PM PDT

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Tolmie's Saxifrage Micranthes tolmiei

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rangerwild

Date

July 21, 2021 11:56 AM PDT

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Winecup Clarkia Clarkia purpurea

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emackinnon

Date

April 20, 2021 12:22 PM PDT

Description

locally abundant mutant lacking petals

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Sierra Milkwort Rhinotropis cornuta

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leptonia

Date

July 3, 2019 09:16 AM PDT

Description

Found growing in a mostly native setting (at least in the immediate vicinity) where chaparral ecotone meets Live Oak woodland. Among Diplacus aurantiacus, Toxicodendron, etc.
Forming a tall woody thicketlike shrub ~1.5 m tall.
Leaves >2 x long as wide (more like fishiae)
Sepals and buds not dark pink (more creamy pink, like var cornuta).
Upper sepals rounded obtuse (more like fishiae)
Arils hairy.
Possible escape from nearby botanical garden.

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Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

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kayakmak

Date

May 17, 2020 06:53 PM HST

Description

On California pipevine

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Goldfields Genus Lasthenia

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bluevalhalla

Date

April 17, 2017 05:00 PM PDT

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Maritime Goldfields Lasthenia maritima

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andy71

Date

August 20, 2007 10:39 AM PDT

Description

Growing on solar panels near the lighthouse.

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Howell's Quillwort Isoetes howellii

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dgreenberger

Date

May 10, 2021 01:10 PM PDT

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pioleon

Date

August 3, 2016 08:23 PM MDT

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alison_pollack

Date

March 20, 2021 07:24 PM HST

Description

The one on the right is parasitized with Polycephalomyces tomentosus

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Beavertail Prickly Pear Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris

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ginabo

Date

June 6, 2020 01:42 PM PDT

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Blue-black Spider Wasps Genus Anoplius

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david99

Date

February 13, 2016 02:31 PM HST

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zaidiabdelhamid

Date

January 24, 2019 05:10 PM CET

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zaidiabdelhamid

Date

January 24, 2019 05:11 PM CET

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Rusty Willow Sawfly Cimbex rubidus

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redwoodriverbear

Date

June 2, 2020 06:10 PM PDT

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Rusty Willow Sawfly Cimbex rubidus

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skfork

Date

May 4, 2020 10:23 PM PDT

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Cutworm Wasps Genus Podalonia

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pidpot

Date

May 20, 2019 03:32 PM PDT

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Rayless Arnica Arnica discoidea

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ian22

Date

July 27, 2018 12:52 PM PDT

Description

Sticky

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Oregon Boxwood Paxistima myrsinites

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michaelkauffmann

Date

March 22, 2020 02:56 PM PDT

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Antelope Bitterbrush Purshia tridentata

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leef

Date

June 27, 2020 01:18 PM PDT

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Schott's Calico Loeseliastrum schottii

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sporadicgrowth

Date

July 2, 2020 07:10 PM PDT

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Long-tailed Giant Ichneumonid Wasp Megarhyssa macrurus

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cholmesphoto

Date

June 9, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

Description

A female Giant Ichneumon wasp (Megarhyssa macrurus) oviposits into the side of a tree.

I was honored to have this observation selected as observation of the day for June 11, 2020, and again as observation of the week (week of June 21, 2020). It is covered in this blog post: A Trip to Texas Provides a Long Sought Photographic Opportunity - Observation of the Week, 6/21/20.

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Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

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chetspencer

Date

May 2020

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Mountain Lion Puma concolor

Date

April 1, 2020 02:52 AM UTC

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Point Reyes Salty Bird's-Beak Chloropyron maritimum ssp. palustre

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lilredhen

Date

August 2019

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marivillasol

Date

March 17, 2020 11:22 AM PDT

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raiwen

Date

June 7, 2016 10:14 AM HST

Place

Guinea (Google, OSM)

Description

Moyenne Guinée, Guinea, Westafrica.
Apocynaceae?
Maybe a Strophantus sp. ?

At the roadside inmidst the ruderal forest mantle of semi-montane rain forest.

Help in determination is highly welcome!

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alan_rockefeller

Date

June 3, 2020 10:25 PM PDT

Description

On Quercus agrifolia

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Arching Rockcress Boechera arcuata

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poormansalad

Date

March 21, 2020 12:03 PM PDT

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Bobcat Lynx rufus

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beartracker

Date

December 4, 2003

Place

Redway, CA (Google, OSM)

Description

Black-tailed deer killed by a bobcat. It took 13 days for the bobcat to consume the entire deer. I saw and photographed the bobcat on two occasions during that time. The blood is from the original kill, which happened on 12/4/2003. Other photos document the change in appearance of the carcass cache over the following 13 days.

Full story can be found on this page:
http://www.bear-tracker.com/bobcat.html

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Fisher Pekania pennanti

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maxallen

Date

April 22, 2013 07:05 AM PDT

Description

Southernmost documentation of coastal fisher population since Joseph Grinnel (http://publish.illinois.edu/maxallen/files/2019/01/Allen-2015-Fisher-Range-Expansion.pdf)

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Dusky-footed Woodrat Neotoma fuscipes

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dmontijo

Date

November 6, 2018 10:45 AM PST

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joeysantore

Date

August 24, 2018 11:27 AM PDT

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Limestone Monkeyflower Erythranthe calcicola

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jdmore

Date

April 21, 2017 05:02 PM PDT

Description

limestone monkeyflower, Erythranthe calcicola, California, White Mountains, Coldwater Canyon, Chalfant Valley - Owens Valley drainage, elevation 1646 m (5400 ft).

The last time I saw this annual species was when I found it in this same spot in the rainy spring of 1986, despite several intervening attempts. It was reported to be abundant in the Death Valley area during the 2017 season, and I will soon post some additional White Mountains locations that turned up for the first time the same year. Because it appears so rarely, it is probably more common than its 20 or so historical specimen records might suggest.

Nevertheless, limestone monkeyflower is a regional endemic, limited to the northern Mojave Desert and southwestern Great Basin Desert of southeast Mono and eastern Inyo counties in California, and Esmeralda, southern Nye, and western Clark counties in Nevada. As its name reflects, it seems to be found only on rocky soils and slopes with a strong carbonate component, which happen to be very common soils within its limited geographic range. The species has been found at elevations of 915-2165 meters (3000-7100 feet).

Limestone monkeyflower was recognized as a distinct species by Naomi Fraga in 2012, after having been confused with Erythranthe (=Mimulus) montioides since its earliest collections in 1937. Its closest relative actually appears to be Erythranthe rubella, from which it differs in having calyces broadly cylindric and straight while in flower (vs narrower and curved), largest flowers 5-9 mm across (vs 3-5 mm) with longitudinal maroon streaks (vs round or transverse spots), styles included (vs shortly exserted), and leaves with stalked glands (vs sessile glands) and broader on average.

Uploaded from my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/

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Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

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imagesbyoutlaw

Date

November 24, 2016 02:41 AM CST

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Carnivorans Order Carnivora

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leptonia

Date

September 13, 2018 08:31 AM PDT

Description

I think...
No molars, but one of the mandibles was intact enough that I could count three incisors (red arrows in last photo), which fits the dental formula:
I 3/3, C 1/1, Pm 3/3, M 1/2 X 2 = 34.

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Milbert's Tortoiseshell Aglais milberti

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antonyw

Date

August 13, 2011

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Oregon Boxwood Paxistima myrsinites

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direbecca

Date

March 17, 2017 10:28 AM PDT

Place

Annadel SP (Google, OSM)

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Wavyleaf Paintbrush Castilleja applegatei

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leef

Date

August 17, 2018 04:50 PM PDT

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Wilcox's Woollystar Eriastrum wilcoxii

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catchang

Date

July 24, 2018 02:19 PM PDT

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Greater Short-nosed Fruit Bat Cynopterus sphinx

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hari-b

Date

December 30, 2015 08:41 AM +0545

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Sea-Watch Angelica lucida

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jrebman

Date

July 14, 2018 02:19 PM AKDT

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Mouse-eared Bats Genus Myotis

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coffearobusta42

Date

June 8, 2017 05:42 PM PDT

Description

My wife found him on the porch shivering. It flew away after this.

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Townsend's Big-eared Bat Corynorhinus townsendii

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melanopygus

Date

April 2018

Description

Bat from automated camera with infrared strobe.

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Opalescent Nudibranch Hermissenda opalescens

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hfb

Date

May 18, 2018 08:08 AM PDT

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Date

July 2, 2018 08:31 AM PDT

Description

Causing stem gall on poison oak.

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Hoary Bowlesia Bowlesia incana

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efmer

Date

April 20, 2016 11:35 AM PDT

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Sudden Oak Death Phytophthora ramorum

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marisa

Date

May 1, 2014

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Ceanothus Silk Moth Hyalophora euryalus

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christianplacet

Date

June 14, 2018 08:57 PM PDT

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Stretchberry Forestiera pubescens

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kevinhintsa

Date

April 14, 2012 11:44 AM PDT

Description

From past files . I know this plant as Desert Olive . This was in Alameda County .

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California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

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leef

Date

May 2011

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Streambank Springbeauty Claytonia parviflora

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leef

Date

June 2018

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Contra Costa Shoulderband Snail Helminthoglypta contracostae

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kueda

Date

April 2018

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Hoary Bowlesia Bowlesia incana

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euproserpinus

Date

March 27, 2016

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Hoary Bowlesia Bowlesia incana

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euproserpinus

Date

May 1, 2017 01:35 PM PDT

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Hoary Bowlesia Bowlesia incana

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alisonnorthup

Date

May 19, 2018 11:27 AM CDT

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What

Hoary Bowlesia Bowlesia incana

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kueda

Date

April 2, 2017 02:52 PM PDT

Description

Weird new plant for me, hiding among the geraniums, which it resembles.

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Hoary Bowlesia Bowlesia incana

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kueda

Date

April 15, 2017 11:53 AM PDT

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Paintbrushes Genus Castilleja

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mpkw

Date

April 2018

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Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus montanus

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ck2az

Date

September 2, 2017 04:00 PM MDT

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Beach Suncup Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia

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kueda

Date

April 27, 2018 02:17 PM PDT

Description

Almost certainly a vestige of past restoration, but nice to see all the same.

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Poison Angelica Angelica lineariloba

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leef

Date

July 27, 2015 02:02 PM PDT

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Talus Fritillary Fritillaria falcata

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joeysantore

Date

April 2018

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Golden Yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum

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rebeccafay

Date

April 17, 2017 12:40 PM PDT

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Oneflower Broomrape Aphyllon purpureum

Date

April 19, 2017 01:37 PM PDT

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Biscuitroots Genus Lomatium

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leslie_flint

Date

April 17, 2017 12:55 PM PDT

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False Babystars Leptosiphon androsaceus

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leef

Date

May 3, 2011 12:00 AM PDT

Description

I must thank Bob Patterson for this identification, via internet discussion of the photos years ago. I wouldn't trust myself to key this plant out accurately to species, but he is an authority on the Polemoniaceae.

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Paintbrushes Genus Castilleja

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leef

Date

May 3, 2011 12:13 AM MST

Description

Pretty clearly one of the species under 11', in this key:
http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?key=11347

But I just realized it could be C. densiflora as well as C. exserta. And apparently they hybrize anyway, according to the note at bottom of the species description here:
http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=18200

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White Plectritis Plectritis macrocera ssp. macrocera

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ang

Date

April 15, 2017 11:55 AM PDT

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Chaparral Currant Ribes malvaceum

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leef

Date

May 2, 2011 02:37 PM PDT

Description

I'd love to ID this to species. Not one I've seen often.

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Jeweled Onion Allium serra

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bethany9

Date

April 23, 2017 12:25 PM PDT

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Delta Woolly-Marbles Psilocarphus brevissimus var. multiflorus

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kueda

Date

April 2017

Description

I think? Too small for P. brevissimus, right?

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Sharsmith's Onion Allium sharsmithiae

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joeysantore

Date

May 2017

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Gypsum Springbeauty Claytonia gypsophiloides

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joeysantore

Date

May 14, 2017 05:25 PM PDT

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Sharsmith's Onion Allium sharsmithiae

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joeysantore

Date

May 2017

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Serpentine Leptosiphon Leptosiphon ambiguus

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joeysantore

Date

May 2017

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Q-Tips Micropus californicus

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umark

Date

May 21, 2017 12:04 PM PDT

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Mount Hamilton Fountain Thistle Cirsium fontinale var. campylon

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hfabian

Date

June 2017

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California Brickellbush Brickellia californica

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hfabian

Date

August 17, 2017 12:31 PM PDT

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San Joaquin Tarweed Holocarpha obconica

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kueda

Date

September 30, 2017 11:25 AM PDT

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Mount Hamilton Fountain Thistle Cirsium fontinale var. campylon

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hfabian

Date

February 2018

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Currants and Gooseberries Genus Ribes

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charlybarley

Date

February 2018

Description

Only saw one plant on my long walk through the park looking for wildflowers. I had never seen one before. The flowers were spectacular and the size of my fingernail. This particular species is endemic to California and supposedly uncommon. I would love to know who else has seen it in the Bay Area!

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kueda

Date

April 2014

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Small-leaved Lomatium Lomatium parvifolium

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kueda

Date

March 2016

Description

Really common in the pine forest along the Pine Ridge Trail.

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jpaule

Date

August 6, 2017 01:46 PM +07

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Mountain Mahoganies Genus Cercocarpus

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cactuscody

Date

December 15, 2017 04:14 PM MST

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Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus betuloides

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lydiaevers

Date

July 25, 2017 08:04 AM PDT

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Leathery Grapefern Sceptridium multifidum

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joeysantore

Date

September 18, 2017 02:45 PM PDT

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Cross Orbweaver Araneus diadematus

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leef

Date

October 2015

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Deerweed Acmispon glaber

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leef

Date

May 16, 2017 04:29 PM PDT

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Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa

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kueda

Date

October 2016

Description

One of my neighbor's garden plants (he has a beautiful native plant garden). These pods have been on the plants for months and they've only just started releasing their seeds.

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Kellogg's Yampah Perideridia kelloggii

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willfreyman

Date

July 16, 2015 04:28 PM PDT

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Achemon Sphinx Eumorpha achemon

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natureali

Date

June 26, 2017 08:03 AM PDT

Description

Crawling on Virginia creeper. Moved to tree to photograph after it fell on ground. Huge caterpillar.

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Striped Whipsnake Masticophis taeniatus

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sebluemer

Date

June 23, 2017 11:21 AM PDT

Description

About 5 ft long found in new subdivision