Upper Arana Gulch is blooming!

I guess I've never visited Upper Arana Gulch at this time of year. I've been there in May and June to hear Swainson's Thrushes and catch glimpses of Wilson's Warblers. I've been there in fall to enjoy fruiting coffeberry, creek dogwood and hazelnut and in winter when the willows and creek dogwoods are bare. I was completely unprepared for the number of plants that were blooming here last Sunday. Masses of pale blue forget-me-nots bordered the road, beautiful in spite of the the fact that they're non-native invasives. A variety of native flowering plants, mosses, and ferns made this short walk very interesting.

Posted by barbarab barbarab, April 21, 2011 04:19

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Giant Vetch (Vicia gigantea)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

Growing on a steep bank in semi-shaded area Coast Live Oak-mixed evergreen forest.

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California Glowworm (Ellychnia californica)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

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Hooker's Fairybells (Prosartes hookeri)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

Growing on steep bank above road on shady Coast Live Oak-mixed evergreen forest,

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Pacific Hound's Tongue (Adelinia grande)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

On steep slope in shady area

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No photos or sounds

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Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

Heard and see at top of tree.

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Star-flowered Lily-of-the-Valley (Maianthemum stellatum)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

In Coast Live Oak-mixed evergreen forest on steep, shady slope above road.

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Slender Banana Slug (Ariolimax dolichophallus)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

A. californicus or A. dolichophallus?

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California Asterella (Asterella californica)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

On steep slope above road in Coast Live Oak-mixed evergreen forest. There wer both mosses and liverworts growing together, but I think the cute umbrella-like structures belonged to the liverworts.

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Woodland-Star (Genus Lithophragma)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

On step slope above road in Coast Live Oak-mixed evergreen forest.

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Western Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum aleuticum)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

On steep slope above road between parking lot by Delaveaga disc golf area and road running past archery range.

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Sticky Snakeroot (Ageratina adenophora)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

On steep slope above road in shady area. California Invasive Plant Council lists this as a moderate invasive.

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Goldback Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

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Cape-Ivy (Delairea odorata)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

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Pacific Pea (Lathyrus vestitus)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

On steep slope above road in Coast Live Oak-mixed evergreen forest.

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Milkmaids (Cardamine californica)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

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Giant Wakerobin (Trillium chloropetalum)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

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California Polypody (Polypodium californicum)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

On steep slope above road in Coast Live Oak-mixed evergreen forest.

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True Sedges (Genus Carex)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

On steep slope above road in Coast Live Oak forest.

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Dwarf Checkermallow (Sidalcea malviflora)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

On grassy slope.

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Purple Owl's-Clover (Castilleja exserta)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 17, 2011

Description

In grassy field. Among the owl's clover blossoms there is on red clover, Trifolium pratense, blossom.

Comments

Hi Barb can you look at my white winged scoters in the distance, I think they are actually red brested mergansers. Jack pointed out the necks with white.

Posted by james5 over 10 years ago (Flag)

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