{tab=Trip Recap}

This was a very busy weekend for native plant field trip, with two of the county's best natural featured, The Irvine Ranch Conservancy yesterday and The Laguna Coast Wilderness today.

Today, 26 members and friends met at the Laurel Canyon parking area, on Laguna Canyon Road near the junction of El Toro Road. After signing in and a short orientation we headed off to attempt to see BOTH of our only two Orange County endemic plants - within an hour of each other!! Both plants are quite rare.

We began with views of Dudleya stolonifera, the mascot-icon for Orange County CNPS. Since the plants grow off the trail and also because they are a federally and state protected species we did not approach the plants closely. This Dudleya is adapted to life on very steep rock cliff faces, primarily on a conglomerate rock known as San Onofre breccia. The plants germinate and grow of a very thin layer of organic debris on the face of the rocks. After discusssing some other plants in the area, including an old California walnut grove, we headed back to the cars and shuttle up the canyon about a mile or two to our next stop.

At the NIX Nature Center we were met by Laguna Coast Resource Specialist Laura Cohen. Laura very patiently and enthusiastically discussed many of the plants near the center, a couple of restoration plots and pointed out several unusual and interesting plants.

Following the visit near the nature center we headed up Statecoact South Trail to attempts to see Orange County's other endemic plant - Allen's Daisy. This is one of only a handful of sites that hosts this rare little annual daisy. After some searching and some VERY care stepping everyone got to view a few of these very pretty little plants. As many know, this plant was named in tribute to our very own chapter member, well-known botanist, naturalist, educator, and author, Bob Allen. This plants were few and struggling without much rainfall this winter, but we saw them!

On the trip back we viewed and discussed a few other native plants and finished with a lively and interactive roundtable discussion of the various water conserving strategies that our native plants use to grow in our summer-dry Mediterranean climate.

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Achillea tomentosa – yarrow

Acmispon glaber – deerweed

Amsinckia menziesii - fiddleneck

Anagalis arvensis - scarlet pimpernel+

Apium graveolens - wild celery*

Artemisia californica - California sagebrush

Artemisia douglasiana – California mugwort

Avena sp. – wild oats+

Baccharis pilularis – coyote brush

Baccharis salicifolia – mule fat

Brassica nigra – black mustard+

Bromus diandrus* - red brome

Calystegia macrostegia – bindweed

Castilleja exserta - owl's clover

Centaurea melitensis - Italian thistle*

Chlorogalum pomeridianum - soap lily

Chorizanthe procumbens - prostrate spineflower

Claytonia perfoliata - miners lettuce

Conium maculatum - poison hemlock*

Corethrogyne filaginifolia var. filaginifolia - common sandaster

Crassula connata - sand pygmy weed

Croton setigerus - dove weed

Cylindropuntia prolifera - coastal cholla

Dichelostemma capitata - wild hyacinth

Dryopteris arguta - wood fern

Dudleya lanceolata - live-forever

Dudleya stolonifera - Laguna Beach live-forever

Eriogonum fasciculatum ssp. fasciculatum – Cal. buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum ssp. polifolium - Cal. Buchwheat

Erodium sp. - cranesbill+

Gallium angustifolium - bedstraw

Gallium aparine - bedstraw

Gallium nutallii - bedstraw

Geranium carolinianum - Carolina geranium

Heterotheca grandiflora - telegraphweed

Hordeum murinum - foxtail barley*

Hypochaeris glabra – smooth cat’s ear+

Isocoma menziesii var. vernonioides - goldenbush

Leymus condensatus – giant wild rye

Malacothamnus fasciculatus - island bush mallow

Malosma laurina - laurel sumac

Marah macrocarpa - wild cucumber

Marrubium vulgare – horehound+

Mimulus aurantiacus - bush monkeyflower

Mirabilis laevis - wishbone bush

Nicotiana clevelandii - Cleveland's tobacco

Opuntia littoralis - prickly pear cactus

Osmedenia tenella - rosenweed

Pentachaeta aurea ssp. allenii - Allen's Daisy

Pentagramma triangularis – goldback fern

Phacelia cicutaria – caterpillar phacelia

Pholistoma auritum - blue fiesta flower

Plagiobothrys species - popcorn flower

Plantago major - common plantain*

Platanus racemosa – western sycamore

Polypodium californicum - CA polypody fern

Pseudognaphalium californicum - California everlasting

Quercus agrifolia - coast live oak

Rhus integrifolia – lemonadeberry

Rubus ursinus - California blackberry

Rumex crispus*

Salix lasiolepis - arroyo willow

Salvia apiana - white sage

Salvia mellifera - black sage

Selaginella bigelovii - spikemoss

Sisyrinchium bellum – blue-eyed grass

Stipa pulchra – purple needlegrass

Toxicodendron diversilobum - poison oak

Verbena lasiostachys - western vervain

Viola pedunculata - johnny jump-up

     * not native - at this location

(Not including plants in the immediate vicinity of the Nix Nature Center)

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