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42 people showed up this morning at The UCI Ecological Preserve. 28 were CNPS members and 14 were non-members. Although the lack of winter rain has severely reduced the quantity and quality of the flowers to be seen, we made the best of it, spending extra time on interpretation and by discussing the plants and their ecology. About mid way through the trip the group was pleasantly surprised by a visit from Preserve Director, Dr. Peter Bowler, even though he was teaching that some morning. Some of the discussions during the field trip included the history of the Preserve, plant habitats at the site, invasive plant issues, vernal pool ecology, flower morphology, lichens and cactus wren at restoration efforts.

After the official trip ended a few hearty souls remained a bit longer and went off to see a small colony of Allium praecox in full bloom. We also saw Granite Spiny Lizard, Lawrence ’s Goldfinch, many beautiful lichens, California Tussuck Moth larvae and about a million wooly bear larvae.

All in all, it appeared to be a successful first trip of 2012 and encouraged appreciation and conservation of our California native plants.

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Sambucus mexicana - Mexican elderberry		
Malosma laurina(Nuttall) - Laurel sumac
Rhus integrifolia (Nuttall) - Lemonade berry
*Conium maculatum - Poison hemlock
*Foeniculum vulgare - Sweet fennel
Artemisia californica - California sagebrush
Artemisia douglasiana - Mugwort
Baccharis pilularis - Coyote brush
Baccharis salicifolia - Mulefat
*Centaurea melitensis - Tocalote
Cirsium occidentale ssp. californica - Cobweb Thistle	
Corethrogyne filaginifolia - Common sand aster
Encelia californica - California bush sunflower
Ericameria palmeri var. pachylepsis - Goldenbush
Gnaphalium biolettii - Bicolored cudweed
Gnaphalium californicum - California everlasting
Gnaphalium canescensssp. microcephalum - Everlasting
Grindelia camporum var. bracteosum - Gumplant
*Hypochaeris glabra - Smooth cat’s-ear
Lasthenia gracilis - California goldfields
Microseris douglasii ssp. platycarpha - Microseris
*Picris echioides - Bristly ox-tongue
Stephanomeria virgata ssp. virgata - Wreath plant
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia - Fiddleneck
Cryptantha sp. - Cryptantha
Plagiobothrys collinus var. cal. - Popcorn flower
*Brassica nigra - Black mustard
*Capsella bursa-pastoris - Shepherd’s purse
*Raphanus sativus - Wild radish
Cylindropuntia prolifera - Coastal cholla
Opuntia littoralis - Coastal prickly pear
Opuntia oricola - Oracle cactus
Isomeris arborea - Bladderpod
*Silene gallica - Windmill pink
*Atriplex semibaccata - Australian saltbush
*Salsola tragus - Russian-thistle
Calystegia macrostegia ssp. intermedia
Crassula connata - Sand pigmy stonecrop
Dudleya lanceolata - Lance-leaf dudleya
Dudleya multicaulis - Many-stemmed dudleya
Dudleya pulverulenta - Chalky live-forever
Marah macrocarpus - Wild cucumber
Chamaesyce sp.
Croton setigerus - Dove weed
Lotus scoparius - Deer weed
*Melilotus indica - Yellow sweet-clover
*Erodium botrys - Long-beaked filaree
*Erodium moschatum - White-stemmed filaree
*Marrubium vulgare - Common horehound
Salvia mellifera - Black sage
Stachys ajugoides var. rigida - Rigid hedge-nettle
*Malva parviflora - Cheese weed
Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolius - Wishbone bush
Eschscholzia californica - California poppy
Plantago erecta - Dwarf plantain
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. fas. - Cal buckwheat
*Rumex crispus - Curly dock
Claytonia perfoliata ssp. per. - Miner’s lettuce
*Anagallis arvensis - Scarlet pimpernel
Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. clev. - Shooting star
Heteromeles arbutifolia - Toyon
*Galium aparine - Common bedstraw
Rosa californica - California wild rose
Mimulus aurantiacus - Orange-bush monkeyflower
*Nicotiana glauca - Tree tobacco
Solanum douglasii - Douglas’ nightshade
*Urtica urens - Dwarf nettle
Sisyrinchium bellum - Blue-eyed-grass
Allium praecox - Early onion
Brodiaea terestris - Mesa brodiaea
Chlorogalum pomeridianum - Wavy-leaved soap plant
Dichelostemma capitatum - Blue dicks
*Avena fatua - Wild oat
*Avena sativa - Cultivated oat
Melica imperfecta - Small-flowered melic
Nassella pulchra - Purple needle grass

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