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About 30 enthusiastic nature enthusiasts assembled at the base of El Moro Canyon, where they were joined by State Parks Senior Environmetal Scientist for the Orange Coast District, David Pryor. The weather was picture perfect. David spoke to the group about some of the cultural and history  of the canyon. The plant life was lush and we stopped often to discuss topics of botany, sexual dimorphism, plant communities, wildfire ecology, genetic diversity and especially plant identification. We walked about two miles each way up the canyon, just past the now somewhat famous Valley Oak tree (Quercus lobata).

In addition to the 127 plant species recorded below ( which includes a prior scouting trip), we observed and discussed the butterflies, birds, geology and archeology of the area.

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Acmispon glaber
Adiantum jordanii
Ageratina adenophora*
Amaranthus sp.*
Ambrosia psilostachya
Amsinckia menziesii
Anagallis arvensis
Antirrhinum nuttallianum
Apium graveolens*
Artemisia californica
Artemisia douglasiana
Arundo donax*
Asparagus asparagoides*
Atriplex canescens
Atriplex lentiformis
Avena sp.*
Baccharis pilularis
Baccharis salicifolia
Brassica nigra*
Bromus diandrus*
Calystegia macrostegia
Cardamine californica
Castilleja foliolosa
Centaurea melitensis*
Chenopodium murale*
Clematis ligusticifolia
Cleome isomeris
Conium maculatum*
Conyza canadensis
Corethrogyne filaginifolia
Cortaderia selloana*
Cucurbita foetidissima
Cynara cardunculus*
Cynodon dactylon*
Datura wrightii
Dichelostemma capitatum
Dryopteris arguta
Dudleya lanceolata
Dudleya pulverulenta
Elymus condensatus
Encelia californica
Ericameria palmeri var. pachylepis
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Eriophyllum confertiflorum
Erodium cicutarium*
Galium angustifolium
Galium aparine*
Galium nuttallii
Geranium carolinianum
Grindelia camporum
Gutierrezia californica
Helenium puberulum
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Heterotheca grandiflora
Hirschfeldia incana
Hordeum murinum*
Isocoma menziesii var. vernonioides
Isolepis cernua
Lemna sp.
Jepsonia parryi
Juncus mexicanus
Lathyrus vestitus ssp. alefeldii
Lupinus succulentus
Malacothamnus fasciculatus
Malacothrix saxatilis var. tenuifolia
Malosma laurina
Malva parviflora*
Marah macrocarpus
Marrubium vulgare*
Medicago polymorpha*
Melica imperfecta
Melilotus indicus
Mimulus aurantiacus
Myoporum laetum
Nasturtium officinale*
Nicotiana glauca*
Opuntia littoralis
Oxalis pes-caprae*
Pentagramma triangularis
Phacelia ramosissima
Picris echioides*
Plantago major*
Platanus racemosa
Polypodium californicum
Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii*
Pseudognaphalium biolettii
Pseudognaphalium canescens
Pulicaria paludosa*
Quercus agrifolia
Quercus berberidifolia
Quercus lobata
Raphanus sativus*
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Rhus integrifolia
Ribes speciosum
Ricinus communis*
Rosa californica
Rubus ursinus
Rumex crispus*
Salix exigua
Salix gooddingii
Salix laevigata
Salix lasiolepis
Salpichroa origanifolia*
Salsola tragus*
Salvia apiana
Salvia mellifera
Sambucus mexicana
Sanicula crassicaulis
Schinus terebinthifolius*
Scrophularia californica
Silybum marianum*
Sisymbrium sp.*
Solanum americanum*
Solanum umbelliferum
Sonchus asper*
Stachys rigida var. quercetorum
Stellaria neglecta*
Stephanomeria diegensis
Symphoricarpos mollis
Toxicodendron diversilobum
Typha sp.
Urtica dioica
Urtica urens
Vinca major*
Washingtonia robusta*
Xanthium spinosum
* Non native
 
Observed just S. of El Moro Trail:
Atriplex semibaccata
Crassula connata
Pseudognaphalium biolettii
Ranunculus californicus
Verbena lasiostachys
 
Lichens:
Candelaria sp. - Foliose, yellow
Cladonia sp. - Foliose, orange/red
Flavoparmelia caperata - Greenshield lichen
Ramalina sp. - Spanish moss, fruticose
 
Liverwort:
Asterella sp.
 
 
 
Any corrections or additions to this list are appreciated and should be addressed to

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