Symphyotrichum chilense

Sunday, August 6th 10AM to 1PM
Leader: Doreen Smith

 A cool moist coastal climate enables some of our wild flowers to bloom into fall. Doreen Smith will lead this field trip to explore the plants on the short, level Kehoe Beach trail in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

There will still be some native plant species flowering in the marshes, dunes, and on the rocky headland. These include some that are uncommon elsewhere in Marin. We can expect to find Mentha aquatica* (water mint), Potentilla anserina ssp. pacifica (marsh cinquefoil), Madia sativa (tall robust tarplant), Horkelia californica var. californica (California Horkelia), Schoenoplectus californicus (California Tule), Baccharis glutinosa (marsh Baccharis), Erigeron glaucus (seaside daisy), Phacelia distans (annual Phacelia), Eschscholzia californica (Ca. poppy), Symphyotrichum chilense (common coast aster), Abronia latifolia (yellow sand verbena), Solanum spp.* and Eriophyllum staechadifolium (lizard-tail).

A full plant check list is available to be downloaded at the Marin Chapter CNPS website.

We’ll meet at 10 AM at the Kehoe Beach trailhead, Point Reyes National Seashore.
Travel west on Sir Francis Drake Highway through Inverness, continue north, then west, to reach the junction with Pierce Point Road. Take the right fork that goes north. Kehoe Beach trailhead is north of Abbotts Lagoon and south of McClure’s Beach. Parking is roadside. A restroom is available at this trailhead.