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Yellow Fieldcap Bolbitius titubans

Observer

tmessick

Date

January 18, 2019 10:10 AM PST

Description

Growing among grass in unmowed greenbelt area along old Putah Creek, Davis, CA.

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What

Gilled Mushrooms Order Agaricales

Observer

tmessick

Date

January 12, 2019 12:41 PM PST

Description

Along berms between seasonal wetlands in Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California.

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What

Wolf Spiders Family Lycosidae

Observer

tmessick

Date

January 12, 2019 01:43 PM PST

Description

On plants along berms between seasonal wetlands in Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California.

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Observer

tmessick

Date

January 12, 2019 01:02 PM PST

Description

On Grindelia camporum (Gumweed) along berms between seasonal wetlands in Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California.

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What

Broad-striped Lady Beetle Paranaemia vittigera

Observer

tmessick

Date

January 12, 2019 12:27 PM PST

Description

On plants along berms between seasonal wetlands in Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California.

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What

Spotted Cucumber Beetle Diabrotica undecimpunctata

Observer

tmessick

Date

January 12, 2019 12:18 PM PST

Description

On Grindelia camporum (Gumweed) and other plants along berms between seasonal wetlands in Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Yolo County, California.

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What

Alpine Flames Pyrrocoma apargioides

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 17, 2018 09:46 AM PDT

Description

On red soil around springs at Soda Springs, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, CA, elev 8600 ft.

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What

Brewer's Cinquefoil Potentilla breweri

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 17, 2018 08:13 AM PDT

Description

Edge of subalpine meadow between Dana Fork of Tuolumne River and Hwy 120, ~2.6 road mile south of Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park, CA, elev. 9460 ft.

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What

Western Hawksbeard Crepis occidentalis

Observer

tmessick

Date

June 5, 2016 06:52 AM PDT

Description

Along Coyote Springs Road in the Bodie Hills, elev. approx. 7630 ft.

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What

Bush Chinquapin Chrysolepis sempervirens

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 17, 2018 11:27 AM PDT

Description

Conifer forest along Snow Creek Trail in Yosemite National Park, approx. 0.1 mile north of Hwy 120, Mariposa County, CA, elev. 8580 ft.

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What

Pinemat Manzanita Arctostaphylos nevadensis

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 17, 2018 11:30 AM PDT

Description

Conifer forest along Snow Creek Trail in Yosemite National Park, approx. 0.2 mile north of Hwy 120, Mariposa County, CA, elev. 8640 ft.

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Pioneer Rockcress Boechera platysperma

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 17, 2018 11:09 AM PDT

Description

Fruits glabrous, ~3–5 mm wide, erect, ± constricted between seeds; cauline leaf bases not lobed; basal leaves entire; pedicels ascending, straight. Gravelly granitic soil in mixed conifer forest along Snow Creek Trail in Yosemite National Park, approx. 0.5 mile north of Hwy 120, Mariposa County, CA, elev. 8660 ft.

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What

Huckleberry Oak Quercus vacciniifolia

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 17, 2018 10:56 AM PDT

Description

Conifer forest along Snow Creek Trail in Yosemite National Park, approx. 0.5 mile north of Hwy 120, Mariposa County, CA, elev. 8660 ft. Some of these are growing up the sunny south sides of large granitic boulders.

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What

Beaked Spindle Gall Wasp Heteroecus pacificus

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 17, 2018 11:23 AM PDT

Description

On huckleberry oak (Quercus vaccinifolia) in conifer forest along Snow Creek Trail in Yosemite National Park, approx. 0.2 mile north of Hwy 120, Mariposa County, CA, elev. 8650 ft.
Not the longest of beaks here, but these seem to be within the range of variation and the surface color/texture seem to match many other photos.
References:
https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/gallery?taxon_key=1309637&advanced=1
http://joycegross.com/images.php?taxon=Heteroecus+pacificus&ordr=

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What

Creeping Saltbush Atriplex prostrata

Observer

tmessick

Date

December 8, 2018 10:59 AM PST

Description

Common weed along berms between seasonal wetlands in Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Yolo County, CA, elev. 14 ft.

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What

Broadleaved Pepperweed Lepidium latifolium

Observer

tmessick

Date

September 29, 2018 11:27 AM PDT

Description

Common weed along berms between seasonal wetlands in Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Yolo County, CA, elev. 14 ft.

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What

Tundra Aster Oreostemma alpigenum

Observer

tmessick

Date

September 7, 2018 12:44 PM PDT

Description

Not 100% certain, because I didn't get a good image of the leaves. Moist subalpine meadow along headwaters of Virginia Creek, above highest lake (unnamed) in the basin, Hoover Wilderness, Mono County, California, elev. 10,680 ft.

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What

Prickly Sowthistle Sonchus asper

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 15, 2016 02:11 PM PDT

Description

Edge of alkaline wet meadow below hot springs at Grover Hot Springs State Park, Alpine County, CA, elev. 5900 ft.

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Observer

tmessick

Date

July 16, 2016 08:23 AM PDT

Description

In shade of conifer forest beside Hot Springs Creek, above the falls at west end of Hot Springs Valley. Hosackia crassifolia is here also.

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Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus

Observer

tmessick

Date

December 17, 2018 08:31 AM PST

Description

Cooper's? On the sidewalk this morning outside One Capitol Mall in Sacramento, CA. A block from the Sacramento River, west edge of downtown.

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What

White Sweetclover Melilotus albus

Observer

tmessick

Date

April 1, 2018 09:14 AM PDT

Description

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, edge of upland between seasonal ponds.

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What

Curveseed Butterwort Ranunculus testiculatus

Observer

tmessick

Date

May 15, 2016 07:50 AM PDT

Description

Above stream bank, disturbed soil at edge of meadow, Grover Hot Springs State Park, Alpine County, CA, elev 5880 ft.

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What

Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Castilleja linariifolia

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 01:57 PM PDT

Description

Dry, rocky soil along crest of ridge northwest from Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, south of Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8660 ft.

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What

One-seeded Pussypaws Calyptridium monospermum

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:50 PM PDT

Description

Single rosettes with multiple inflorescences. Subalpine scrub; northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8550 ft.

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What

Pinewoods Lousewort Pedicularis semibarbata

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:53 PM PDT

Description

Edge of conifer forest on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8530 ft.

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What

Mountain Hemlock Tsuga mertensiana

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 03:07 PM PDT

Description

Edge of conifer forest on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8530 ft.

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What

Davis' Knotweed Koenigia davisiae

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:59 PM PDT

Description

Edge of conifer forest on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8530 ft.

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What

Sunflower Mule-Ears Wyethia helianthoides

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 03:40 PM PDT

Description

I came looking for this after seeing observations posted by @mtash. I was too late to find it in flower, but indeed, this appears to be Wyethia helianthoides — far beyond its expected range of the northern Great Basin and eastern OR to western WY (http://intermountainbiota.org/portal/collections/map/googlemap.php?usethes=1&taxa=105471). There is, apparently, one other location documented in Glenn County, CA (http://intermountainbiota.org/portal/collections/individual/index.php?occid=6654723&clid=0). As of 2018, however, it's not even listed in the Jepson eFlora (http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=659). One has to wonder if it was planted here on Blue Lakes Road, either deliberately or inadvertently, following some road work, perhaps when the meadow-protecting boulders were brought in (sometime before 2005, based on Google Earth imagery).

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What

Royal Penstemon Penstemon speciosus

Observer

tmessick

Date

July 7, 2018 02:20 PM PDT

Description

On ridge northwest from Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, south of Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8650 ft.

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Observer

tmessick

Date

July 8, 2018 09:19 AM PDT

Description

Galls on leaves of Wyethia mollis. Searching for this on the internet, I found this is probably from the nematode Anguina balsamophila. It can also infect Balsamorrhiza sagittata. Photos here show both leaf surfaces, galls cut open with nematodes visible (under dissecting scope), and nematodes (approx. 1.5 mm long) on millimeter ruler.
Observation made on northwest slopes of Jeff Davis Peak, east of Blue Lakes Road, near Thornburg Canyon Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA, elev. ~8600 ft.

References:
http://nemaplex.ucdavis.edu/Taxadata/G006s3.aspx
https://books.google.com/books?id=BGvlBwAAQBAJ&pg=PA302&lpg=PA302&dq=Anguina+balsamophila&source=bl&ots=b-WXjc66lx&sig=3UZHf34jTskVdT2ERsMU12vhk8A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwietpTVpcveAhVuZN8KHbHjAIwQ6AEwBnoECAIQAQ#v=onepage&q=Anguina%20balsamophila&f=false

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