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Twenty one CNPS members and friends attended our final field trip until this fall. This trip visited the habitats of coastal bluff scrub and coastal strand, habitats of which there is little remaining in southern California. It was a late trip, so annuals were limited, but many unique plants to these communities were noted and discussed. From the parking area the group up a small coastal canyon, then along the bluff top, down to the sandy beach , back up to the bluff top, then to the eastern edge of the property, where we discussed the location of a monarch butterfly wintering location. Then we walked back to the cars, via more coastl bluff scub and coastal sage scrub. At the beginning of the trip we were greated by several brightly colored day flying Brown ctenuchid moths (Ctenucha brunnea). Along the way we visited and discussed interesting plants such as Lycium californica - California box-thorn, Suaeda californica - wooly sea blite, various Atriplex - saltbush, Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia - suncups, Dudleya edulis - ladies fingers and Eriogonum parvifolium – sea cliff buckwheat.

Following the main walk through the state park the group reassembled a short distance away for a special native plant treat. We viewed a few of the last remaining plants of Catalina Island Box Thorn - Lycium brevipes var. hassei. A small group of perhaps six plants persists here at the state park. They are little known and in quite a precarious existance. We discussed the ecology of these plants and their need for conservation - one of the goals of CNPS of course. The only other naturally occuring plants of this taxa are a small group on a point on the Palos Verdes peninsula. There are perhaps fifty plants total between these last two remaining populations.

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Acacia longifolia+
Acacia redelons+
Achillea millifolium - yarrow*
Acmispon glaber – deerweed
Adiantum sp. – maidenhair fern
Aeonium haworthii*
Agave shawii – shaw’s agave*
Albizzia lophantha+-
Ambrosia chamissonis - beach bur-
Ambrosia psilostachya - western ragweed
Artemisia californica - California sagebrush
Asparagus asparagoides – smilax+
Atriplex californica - California saltbush-
Atriplex canescens – fourwing saltbush-
Atriplex lentiformis – big saltbush
Atriplex semibacatta – Australian saltbush+
Atriplex sp., prob pacifica-
Avena barbata - slender wild oats+
Avena fatua - wild oats+
Baccharis pilularis – coyote brush
Baccharis salicifolia – mule fat
Brassica sp. - mustard
Bromus sp.- brome grass+
Cakile maritima – sea rocket+
Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia
Carduus pycnocephalus – Italian thistle+
Carpobrotus edulis – hottentot fig+
Chaenactis glabriuscula var. glabriuscula-
Chamaesyce maculata – spotted spurge-
Chlorogalum parviflorum – small-flow. soap plant-
Conyza bonariensis - horseweed
Cortederia sp. – pampas or jubata grass+
Crassula ovata – jade plant+-
Crassula tetragona+-
Cressa truxillensis - alkali weed
Cyperus sp. - sedge
Datura wrightii – jimsom weed
Deinandra fasciculata+
Digitaria sp. – crabgrass+
Distichlis spicata – salt grass
Dudleya edulis – ladies fingers
Dudleya hassei*
Dudleya lanceolata - lance-leaved live-forever
Elymus condensatus – giant wild rye
Encelia californica – California sunflower
Eriogonum f. ssp. fasciculatum. – Cal. buckwheat
Eriogonum giganteum – St. Catherine’s lace+
Eriogonum parvifolium – sea cliff buckwheat
Erodium sp.- cranesbill+-
Foeniculum vulgare – fennel+
Fraxinus uhdei – shamel ash+-
Galium angustifolium - narrow-leaved bedstraw-
Galvesia speciosa - Showy island snapdragon*
Grindelia camporum – gum plant
Hedera canariensis – algerian ivy+-
Heliotropium curassavicum var. oculatum – seaside heliotrope-
Helminthotheca echioides - bristly ox-tongue+
Heteromeles arbutifolia - toyon
Heuchera maxima – coral bells*
Isocoma menziesii - goldenbush
Juncus sp. – rush
Justicia californica - chuparosa+
Koehlruteria bipinnata+-
Lamarckia aurea - goldentop grass+
Lavatera assurgentiflora – island mallow+
Limonium perezii – sea lavender+
Lycium brevipes var hassei – Santa Catalina island desert thorn
Lycium californicum – California boxthorn
Malacothamnus fasciculatus – bushmallow-
Malosma laurina - laurel sumac
Malva parviflora – cheeseweed+
Malvella leprosa – alkali mallow
Marah macrocarpa - wild cucumber-
Melaphora crocea – iceplant+
Mesembryanthemum crystallinum - crystalline ice plant+
Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum - slenderleaf iceplant+
Mimulus aurantiacus - bush monkeyflower
Mirabilis jalapa – four-o’clock+
Myoporum laetum – myoporum+
Nerium oleander – oleander+-
Nicotiana glauca – tree tobacco+-
Opuntia prolifera – coastal cholla
Opuntia sp. – prickly pear
Peritoma arborea - bladderpod
Phoenix canariensis – canary island palm+
Polypodium californica – California polypody fern
Pseudognaphalium sp. - everlasting
Raphanus sativus – wild radish+-
Rhus integrifolia - lemonadeberry
Ricinus communis – castorbean+-
Rumex sp. – dock+-
Salix lasiolepis – arroyo willow
Salsola tragus – Russian thistle+
Salvia apiana – white sage
Salvia leucophylla – purple sage*
Salvia mellifera – black sage
Sambucus mexicana – Mexican elderberry
Schinus terebinthifolius – Brazilian pepper+-
Sisymbrium sp. - mustard+
Solanum sp. (umbelliferum?) - nightshade
Sonchus sp. – sow thistle+
Stephanomeria diegensis – wreath plant
Stipa sp. (prob. lepida) – foothill needle grass
Suaeda californica – California seablite
Suaeda taxifolia – woolly seablite-
Tetragonia tetragonioides – New Zeal. spinach+-
Tropaeolum majus - nasturtium+
Verbena lilacina*
Washingtonia robusta – Mexican fan palm+


+ Not native - at this site

-  Seen during scouting trips 6-3 or 6-14

*  Clearly planted

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2018 CNPS Conservation Conference Travel Grant

Congratulations to Marlee Antill, James Bailey, Rebecca Crow, Hailey Laskey, and Wilnelia Ricart, winners of our 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference Student Travel Grant! We look forward to seeing them at the Conference next February. 

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