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Geordie Shaw, the Education Coordinator at The Richard & Donna O'Neill Conservancy, welcomed 16 of us on a perfect Spring day. We met at the front gate of the Reserve, on Hwy 74 and after everyone arrived Geordie guided the caravan of vehicles to one of the Conservancy entrance gates. We all felt honored and fortunate to be able to spend the morning at one of Orange County's premier natural areas,

The group quickly set out along one of the ridge trails, noting the plants and the plant communities as we progressed. The Conservancy is well known for its expanses of grasslands and oak woodlands. Along the way we paused at several interesting plants, a hybrid white sage-black sage, a few rare Engelmann oaks, shooting stars, colorful California buttercups, splendid mariposa lilies, field morning glories, Plectritis, red maids and many others.

After the walking trip through the great diversity of plants and habitats in these Southern foothills, we went on to another very special treat. Just off the road and invisible to most people was one of the largest coast live oaks in Orange County. Deemed the "Mother Oak", this massive 500+ year old tree was quite impressive. On the crest of a slope just a hundred meters away was a large, mature California juniper, quite rare for such a coastal location.

Many thanks also go to Diane Etchison, who is a regular volunteer at the Conservancy and who has been keeping detailed plant records of the area. Her leadership and assistance during this trip was much appreciated. Dianne, along with Rachel Whitt, another CNPS member, made the trip very educational and enjoyable.

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Achillea millefolium - Common Yarrow

Acmispon glaber - Deer weed

Ambrosia psilostachya - Western Ragweed

Anagalis arvensis - Scarlet Pimpernel

Anthriscus caucalis - Bur Chervil

Aristida purpurea var parishii - Parish's Three-Awned Grass

Artemisia californica  - California Sagebrush

Artemisia douglasiana - Mugwort

Avena sp - Oats

Baccharis pilularis  - Coyote Brush

Baccharis salicifolia  - Mule Fat

Bloomeria crocea - Common Goldenstar

Brassica nigra - Black Mustard

Bromus diandrus - Rip Gut Brome

Bromus madritensis ssp. rubens - Red Brome

Calandrina ciliata - Red Maids

Calochortus splendens - Splendid Mariposa Lily

Calystegia macrostegia var cyclo - Purple-bracted Morning Glory

Capsella bursa-pastoris - Shepherd's Purse

Carduus pycnocephalus  - Italian Thistle

Carex triquetra - Triangular Fruit Sedge

Castelleja affinis - Coastal Paintbrush

Chamaesyce  albomarginata - Rattlesnake Spurge

Chenopodium californicum - California Goosefoot

Chlorogalum pomeridianum - Wavy-leaved Soap Plant

Cirsium occidentale var.occidentale - Cobweb Thistle

Cirsium vulgare - Bull Thistle

Clarkia purpurea - Four-spot Clarkia

Claytonia perfoliata var perf - [Common] Miner's Lettuce

Conium maculatum - Poison Hemlock

Cordylanthus rigidus ssp setigerus - Dark-tip Bird's Beak

Crassula connata - Pigmy Stonecrop

Cryptantha clevelandii - Common Cryptantha

Cuscuta californica var calif - CA Dodder

Cylindropuntia prolifera - Coastal Cholla

Cynara cardunculus - Cardoon

Datura wrightii - Jimson Weed

Dichelostemma capitatum ssp capit - Wild Hyacynth

Dodecatheon clevelandii - Padre's Shooting Star

Dudleya pulverulenta ssp. pulv. - Chalky Life-forever

Elymus condensatus - Giant Rye Grass

Eriogonum fasciculatum var fascic. - California Wild Buckwheat

Erodium sp. - Filaree

Eschscholzia californica - California Poppy

Foeniculum vulgare - Fennel

Galium angustifolium ssp. angustif - Chaparral Bedstraw

Galium aparine - Common Bedstraw

Galium nuttallii ssp. nuttallii - Nuttall's Bedstraw

Galium parsiense - Wall Bedstraw

Geranium dissectum - Cut-leaf Geranium

Hedypnios cretica - Crete Weed

Hesperoyucca whipplei - Chaparral Yucca

Heteromeles arbutifolia - Toyon

Hypochaeris glabra  - Smooth Cat's-Ear

Isocoma menziesii - Coast Goldenbush

Juniperus californica - California Juniper

Keckiella cordifolia - Heart-leaf Penstemon

Lolium multiflorum - Italian Ryegrass

Lupinus bicolor - Miniature Lupine

Malosma laurina - Laurel Sumac

Marah macrocarpus var. macro. - Wild Cucumber

Marrubium vulgare - Horehound

Matricaria discoidia - Pineapple Weed

Medicago polymorpha - Bur Clover

Melica imperfecta - Coast Range Melic Grass

Melilotus indicus - Yellow Sweet Clover

Mimulus auranticus - Monkey Flower

Mirabilis laevis - Wishbone Bush

Muhlenbergia rigens - Deer Grass

Nicotiana glauca - Tree Tobacco

Opuntia littoralis - Coast Prickly Pear

Osmadenia tenella - Southern Rosinweed

Oxalis albicans - Wild Oxalis

Oxalis pes-caprae - Sour grass

Pellea andromedifolia - Coffee Fern

Pentagramma triangularis ss triang - Goldenback Fern

Phacelia ramosissima var latifolia - Branching Phacelia

Pholistoma auritum var. aur. - Blue Fiesta Flower

Picris echioides - Prickly Ox-tongue

Plagioborthrys nothofulvus - Rusty Popcorn Flower

Plantago erecta - California Dwarf Plantain

Platanus racemosa - Western Sycamore

Plectritis ciliosa - Long-spurred Plectritis

Pseudognaphalium californicum - California Everlasting

Pseudognaphalium luteoalbum - Cudweed

Quercus agrifolia - Coast Live Oak

Quercus berberidifolia - Scrub Oak

Quercus engelmannii - Englemann's Oak

Ranunculus californicus var calif. - California Buttercup

Rhamnus ilicifolia - Holly-Leaf Red Berry

Rhus integrifolia - Lemonade Berry

Rubus ursinus - California Blackberry

Rumex crispus - Curly Dock

Salix lasiolepis - Arroyo Willow

Salvia apiana - White Sage

Salvia apiana x melliflera - Hybrid White/Black Sage

Salvia mellifera - Black Sage

Sambucus mexicanus - Mexican Elderberry

Sanicula arguta - Sharp-toothed Sanicle

Sanicula crassicaulis - Pacific Sanicle

Sidalcea malviflora var malviflora - Common Checkerbloom

Silene gallica - Windmill Pink

Sisyrinchium bellum - Blue-eyed Grass

Solanum sp. - Nightshade

Solidago velutina ssp california - California Goldenrod

Stachys rigida var rigida - Hillside Hedge Nettle

Stellaria media - Common Chickweed

Stipa pulchra - Purple Needlegrass

Toxicodendron diversilobum - Poison Oak

Uropappus lindleyi - Silver Puffs

Verbena lasiostachys - Western Verbena

Vicia sativa var sativa - Narrow-leafed Vetch