Late Summer Coastal Wildflowers

A Field Trip to Kehoe Beach led by Doreen Smith

This field trip went to see the late blooming Summer wildflowers in the Kehoe Beach area of Point Reyes which has plants which bloom into the Fall due to the cool moist coastal climate.

The trip started off in the marsh area to the east of Pierce Point Road, and then went along the short level trail to the beach. Some of the plants seen were Stachys chamissonis (marsh hedge-nettle), Solidago californica (grassland goldenrod), Spiranthes romanzoffiana (ladies’ tresses orchid), Grindelia stricta var. platyphylla (prostrate gumplant), Scrophularia californica ssp. californica (beeplant, figwort), Veronica americana (American brooklime), Potentilla anserina ssp. pacifica (shore cinquefoil), Symphyotrichum chilense (coastal aster), Madia sativa (tarplant), Solidago elongata (marsh goldenrod), Abronia latifolia (yellow sand-verbena), Eschscholzia californica (California poppy), Sparganium eurycarpum var. greenei (conical-fruit bur-reed), Eriophyllum staechadifolium (lizard-tail), Erigeron glaucus (seaside daisy), Agoseris apargioides var. eastwoodiae (northern dune dandelion), and some Solanum species.

We were also treated to a nice view of a Great Horned Owl.

 Photos by Vernon Smith

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