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March 25, 2012
Dave Strauss reports: “Today I saw several Calypso bulbosa in bloom near Rifle camp.”

Calypso bulbosa
photo by Dave Strauss

Calypso bulbosa

March 18, 2012
Denise King reports blooming on Mt. Tam: Fat Solomon (Maianthemum racemosum), Star Lily (Zigadenus fremontii var. fremontii), Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora), Mission Bells (Fritillaria affinis var. affinis), Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii), Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum), and Chaparral Paintbrush (Castilleja foliolosa).

Vaccinium ovatumphoto by Denise KingFritillaria affinis var. affinisphoto by Denise KingPedicularis densifloraphoto by Denise KingZigadenus fremontii var. fremontiiphoto by Denise King

Vaccinium ovatum, Fritillaria affinis var. affinis, Pedicularis densiflora, and Zigadenus fremontii var. fremontii

March 4, 2012
Greg Reis reports: ” On the Moon Hill Road though French Ranch OSP today there were lots of Calypso Orchids, Indian Warriors, Hounds Tongue, and many other flowers.”





February 20, 2012
Peter Denisevich reports: “Ribes californicum is blooming near the entrance to Cascade Canyon, MCOSD. A few trilliums are up but not open yet.”

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Ribes californicum

ebruary 11, 2012
Dave Strauss reports: “We saw Cynoglossum grande in bloom in several places along Eldridge Grade, and also along Rock Spring-Lagunitas fire road.”

Cynoglossum grande
photo by Dave Strauss

Cynoglossum grande

Fragaria chiloensisphoto by Sandy SteinmanCamissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. cheiranthifoliaphoto by Sandy SteinmanErysimum menziesii ssp. concinnumphoto by Sandy SteinmanRibes sanguineum var. glutinosumphoto by Sandy SteinmanDudleya farinosaphoto by Sandy SteinmanDudleya farinosa
photo by Sandy Steinman

Fragaria chiloensis, Camissonia cheiranthifolia, Erysimum menziesii ssp. concinnum, Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum, and Dudleya farinosa – click on images for full photo
February 6, 2012
Sandy Steinman reports from Abbott’s Lagoon at Pt. Reyes: “There were few flowers along the trail except for a Blackberry. The flowers were in the sandy area after the bridge and up in the dunes. The most prevalent flowers today were many pretty Beach Strawberries. Along Pierce Pt. Road there was one large very flowery specimen of Wild Currant. Plant list for today included Sea Rocket, Beach Suncup, Gumplant, Sand Verbena, Dudleya, Wall Flower, Blackberry and lots of Beach Strawberry. Also Pierce Pt. Road: a large very flowery specimen of Wild Currant.”

Aristolochia californica vine amid poison-oakphoto by Vernon SmithAristolochia californica
photo by Vernon Smith

Aristolochia californica – click on images for full photos
February 2, 2012
Doreen and Vernon Smith report: “Along Lucas Valley Road the usual patch of green-flowered pipevine, Aristolochia californica, is flowering abundantly in the poison-oak brush. The site is in the flatlands, off by the S. side of the road, just past the historic farmhouse. A wide pull-out is there for any visitors (beware of possible ticks) just before a (blind) bend in the road. Lucas Valley Road is good for wildflower viewing most of the year.” Download plant list for Lucas Valley Road

Trillium ovatum
photo by James Sprague

Trillium ovatum – click on image for full photo
February 2, 2012
James Sprague reports: “Trilliums starting to bloom on the Ben Johnson Trail in Muir Woods”

Dirca occidentalis
photo by Aaron Arthur

Dirca occidentalis – click on image for full photo
February 2, 2012
Aaron Arthur reports: “Thought you may like to know that we located one blooming western leatherwood (Dirca occidentalis) on the Devils Gulch fire road near the border between Samuel P. Taylor SP and GGNRA on January 29, 2012. Your group doing forget-me-not removal next week may like to take a detour to see it. By the way, the forget-me-not was not in bloom, and few were near bolting, but may be up by the time yall get out there.”

Scoliopus bigelovii
photo by Jane Huber

Scoliopus bigelovii – click on image for full photo
February 2, 2012
Jane Huber reports: “Hiked near Phoenix Lake yesterday. Good displays of milkmaids on many trails. Saw just one fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii on Getrude Orr Trail. Some hound’s tongue and shooting stars on Yolanda Trail between Phoenix Lake Fire Road and Six Points. Buckeyes are beginning to leaf out.”

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Iris macrosiphon, Scoliopus bigelovii – click on images for full photo
January 31, 2012
Peter Denisevich reports: “A lone Iris macrosiphon has ventured forth on the Sunnyside Trail at Bon Tempe Lake, MMWD and the recent rain has brought out the Scoliopus bigelovii in Cascade Canyon, MCOSD.”

Cardamine californica
photo by John Conley
Cardamine californica – click on image for larger photo
January 13, 2012
John Conley submits the first wildflower report of the year illustrated by a photograph of Cardamine californica blooming in Steep Ravine on Mt. Tamalpais. “There were a few Milkmaids in full bloom this morning, and a few Smith’s Fairy Bells, but most of the plants that are usually in bloom in Steep Ravine at this time of the year were nowhere to be seen. We really need some rain.”