Calochortus tiburonensis IMG 3420

Saturday, June 9, 2–5 p.m.

Leader: Kristin Jakob

 This annual outing showcases several of this Marin County Open Space Preserve’s rare plants, including Tiburon mariposa lily (Calochortus tiburonensis), found only at this location, and Marin dwarf flax (Hesperolinon congestum). Other lovely flowers we can expect to see include Ithuriel’s spear (Triteleia laxa), farewell-to-spring (Clarkia rubicunda),Tiburon paintbrush (Castilleja affinis ssp. neglecta), and Tiburon buckwheat (Eriogonum luteolum var. caninum).

Participants able to linger after 4 p.m. might be treated to the delightful sight of clouds of whitish starry flowers of soap plant (Chlorogalum pomeridianum), which snap open and seem to hover over the grasses. Many notable native, and relatively few non-native grasses will also be appreciated on this ramble. The top of the ridge affords 360-degree views, and serpentine rock outcroppings host an array of interesting plants.

Meet at the top end of Westward Dr., off Paradise Dr. in Corte Madera, a few blocks east of the Paradise Shopping Center (where comestibles and restroom are available at Nugget Market). Latecomers will easily find our group higher up the trail that starts at the end of Westward Dr. Bring a snack, plenty of water, and clothes for possibly cold, possibly hot, almost certainly breezy weather.

Leader: Kristin Jakob, kristinjakob@att.net, cell 650.608.1274.

Clarkia rubicunda611