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Recent Wildflower Reports

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April 6, 2015

We visited Samuel P. Taylor State Park and adjacent areas and saw a selection of the plants of the Redwood Forest, including Anemone grayi (Gray's anemone), Trillium ovatum ssp. ovatum (white trillium), Oxalis oregana (redwood sorrel), Viola glabella (streamside violet), Prosartes smithii (Smith's fairy-bells), Prosartes hookeri (Hooker's fairy-bells), Pectiantia ovalis (Bishop's cap), Tellima grandiflora (fringe-cups), and Maianthemum stellatum (false Solomon's seal).

Photos by Vernon Smith

Anemone grayi (Gray's anemone)

March 27, 2015

A group of volunteers conducted a 'Plant Safari' organized by Andrea Williams of the M.M.W.D. at Nicasio reservoir on March 27, 2015 in search of some specific plants that were known or expected to be there but had not been collected and GPS coordinates obtained.
One group led by Andrea Williams searched the "Island" area, and the other led by Doreen Smith concentrated on the North shores of the reservoir.
Some of the plants seen were Wyethia angustifolia (narrow-leaf mule-ears), Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana (franciscan paintbrush), Lupinus albifrons var. collinus (prostrate silverleaf lupine), Wyethia glabra (large-leaved mule-ears), Fritillaria liliacea (fragrant fritillary), and Fritillaria affinis "var. tristulis" (Pt. Reyes chocolate lily).

Photos by Vernon Smith

Wyethia angustifolia (narrow-leaf mule-ears)

March 14, 2015

Doreen and Vernon Smith, Sarah Minnick, and Shelly Benson visited the grasslands of Mt. Burdell on March 14, 2015.
Some of the species seen were Githopsis specularioides (common bluecup), Thysanocarpus curvipes (fringe-pod), Cicendia quadrangularis (square cicendia), Trifolium barbigerum (bearded clover), Layia chrysanthemoides (smooth tidytips), Calandrinia menziesii (redmaids), Leptosiphon androsaceus (showy leptosiphon), and Monolopia major (cupped monolopia).

Photos by Vernon Smith

Githopsis specularioides (common bluecup)

March 19, 2015

Jane Huber reports seeing many flowers blooming on the Shadyside of Bon Tempe, including milkmaids, hound's tongue, iris, shooting stars, and mission bells. On Lagunitas-Rock Spring Fire Road there are one or two spots with dense displays of Claytonia gypsophiloides. Rocky Ridge Fire Road is blazing with manzanitas and ceanothus. I found just one Oakland star tulip and several bush poppies blooming there.

Her photos can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-Area-Hiker/138877479476343?fref=photo

March 13, 2015

On a trip out to West Marin and back, we saw a variety of species in flower including,
Fritillaria liliacea (fragrant fritillary) at Nicasio Reservoir, Ranunculus lobbii (Lobb's aquatic buttercup) near Hicks Valley School, Iris longipetala (long-petaled iris) near Chilleno Valley School, Lasthenia californica ssp. californica (California goldfields), Sidalcea malviflora (checkerbloom), and Triphysaria eriantha ssp. rosea (Pelican flower) at the Elephant Rocks on the Tomales - Dillon Beach Rd, and an unusually-dark color form of Delphinium nudicaule (red larkspur)Lithophragma affine (common woodland-star), and Romanzoffia californica (California mist-maiden) on the bluffs along Highway 1 south of Tomales.

Text by Doreen and Vernon Smith, Photos by Vernon Smith

Fritillaria liliacea (fragrant fritillary)

March 7, 2015

Fritillaria liliacea IMG 6666c2Aaron Arthur and Phil Greer visited the population of Fritillaria liliacea (fragrant fritillary) on the 'Island' at Nicasio Reservoir and report that of the approximately 20% of the population that they sampled, about half is in bloom. Most blooming individuals contained only a single bloom, and there were few unopened buds.  Having visited this site many times, they suspect that we are at the height of the bloom which will probably last for only about 7-10 days, especially given the dry conditions and warm weather forecast.  So anyone wanting to see this population is encouraged to get out there quickly!

 Note added by Vernon Smith.
Doreen and I saw another population by the side of the road on Nicasio Valley Road on the reservoir side that were blooming well on March 6, 2015. This location is easier to access than the Island.

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Fritillaria liliacea (fragrant fritillary) Photo by Vernon Smith