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What a great day – outdoors in the beautiful wilds of Orange County with beautiful plants, interesting wildlife and wonderful people. Our cooperative field trip with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy took us to some areas of the Northern Santa Ana Mountains that most locals never get a chance to see.

20 CNPS members loaded into four IRC vehicles and headed up the Northern ridge of the very wild and wonderful Fremont Canyon, then along Windy Ridge and eventually to a Tecate Cypress restoration area in the upper reaches of Gypsum and Coal Canyons.

Even in a dry year the plants cooperated. The trip started with an astonishing single plant of Braunton’s Milkvetch (Astragalus brauntonii) and federally endangered plant. As we rumbled along the group made several stops as we viewed and discussed the plants, geology, animals, ecology and history of the area.

Expert animal tracker Dick Newell showed us how to identify the presence of everything from mountain lions to bobcats, domestic dogs, deer, rabbits and even toads. Bob Huttar explained some of the area’s geology and mining history. Dr. Jutta Buger, the IRC’s Senior Field Ecologist showed us many amazing plants, many of which are specialties of this area of OC. Other than the Braunton’s Milkvetch, some other the other native plant highlights were Lepichinia cordifolia, Bear grass (Nolina cismontana), Many-stemmed live forever (Dudleya multicaulis), Gambel’s Milkvetch (Astragalus gambelianus) and Parry’s ceanothus (Ceanothus tomentosa).

For many, the highlight of the day was the group’s arrival at the Tecate Cypress (Hesperocypress forbesii) restoration area. The forest was burned almost completely in 2007 and natural recovery of these rare trees has been poor. Among the scarred remains of the burned plants the IRC has planted and is maintaining hundreds of seedlings and cutting grown plants.

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Acmispon glaber - deerweed
Adenostoma fasciculatum - chamise
Amsinckia menziesii - common fiddleneck
Amsinckia menziesii - fiddleneck
Anagallis arvensis - scarlet pimpernil
Antirrhinum nutallii - nutall’s snapdragon
Arctostaphylos glaucas - bigberry manzanita
Artemisia californica - coastal sage brush
Artemisia douglasiana - wild tarragon
Astragalus brauntonii - braunton’s milk vetch
Atragalus gambelianus - gambel’s locoweed
Baccharis salicifolia - mule fat
Brickellia californica - california bricklebush
Calandrinia ciliata - red maids
Castilleja affinis - coastal paintbrush
Castilleja foliolosa - paintbrush
Ceanothus crassifolius - thick or hoary leaf ceanothus
Ceanothus tomentosus - ramona lilac
Cercocarpus betuloides - mountain mahaogany
Cheilanthes newberryi - cliff fern
Convolvulus arvensis - field bindweed
Corethrogyne filaginfolia - cudweed aster
Crassula connata - pygmy stonecrop
Cryptantha sp. - popcorn flower
Dicheostemma capitatum - wild hyancith
Dudleya lanceolata -lance - leaved live forever
Dudleya multicaulus - many stemmed dudleya
Dudleya pulverulenta - chalk dudleya
Eriodictyon crassifolium - thick leaf yerba santa
Eriogonum fasciculatum - California buckwheat
Eriophyllum confertiflorum - long-stemmed golden yarrow
Erodium cicutarium - filaree
Eschscholzia caespitosa - tufted poppy
Eschscholzia californicum - california poppy
Galium angustifolium - narrow leaved bedstraw
Gilia angelensis - gilia
Hedypnois cretica - crete hedypnois
Helianthemum scoparium - california rock rose
Helianthus gracilentus - slender sunflower
Heliotropium currasovicum - heliotrope
Hesperocyparis forbesii - tecate cypress
Hesperoyucca whipplei - chaparral yucca
Hypochaeris glabra - smooth cats ear
Lessingia filaginifolia - common sandaster
Lotus strigosus - hirsute lotus
Lupinus bicolor - miniature lupine
Lupinus hirsutissimus - stinging lupine
Lupinus sparsiflorus - coulter’s lupine
Lupinus succulentus - arroyo lupine
Lupinus truncatus - collared lupine
Malosma laurina - laurel sumac
Marah macrocarpa - wild cucumber
Marrabium vulgare - common horehound
Melica imperfecta - melic grass
Melilotus indicus - yellow sweetclover
Microseris douglasi
Mimulus aurantiacus - red bush monkeyflower
Mirabilis laevis - california wishbone bush
Nolina cismontana - parrys beargrass
Phacelia distans - common phacelia
Phacelia parryi - parrys phacelia
Plagiobothrys sp. - popcorn flower
Plantanus racemosa - western sycamore
Pseudognaphalium bioletti - bicolored cudweed
Pseudognaphalium californica - california everlasting
Pseudognaphalium canescens - white everlasting
Quercus berberidifolia - scrub oak
Querus agrifolia - coast live oak
Rhus integrifolia - lemonade berry
Rhus ovata - sugar bush
Ribes speciosum - fuchsia flowered gooseberry
Salvia apiana - white sage
Salvia columbariae - chia sage
Salvia mellifera - black sage
Sambucus nigra - blue elderberry
Scrophularia californica - california figwort
Silene gallica - windmill pink
Solanum sp. - nightshade.
Spartium junceum - mexican broom
Toxicodendron diversilobum - poison oak
Trichostema lanatum - wooly blue curls