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16 CNPS members and 4 guests enjoyed perfect weather and the beautiful scenary of Wood Canyon. Of course, the extremely low rainfall (1.05 in., vs. 5.30 in. normal) made annuals a rare sight, but we still saw a good variety of native plants. After a little orientation at the park prior to the walk, the group made it all the way to the Mathis Canyon trail, then returned. A total distance of almost six miles.

As the group walked along the wide, easy trail we stopped frequently to discuss the habitats and the plant communities. Of course, we spent most of our time identifying and explaining the subtle differences between our native plant species. Some particular lessons included Opuntias vs. Cylindropuntias, Opuntia littoralis vs. O. oricola, native bunch grasses vs. annual European grasses, coast live oak vs. scrub oak, Artemisia californica vs. A. douglasiana, Galium aparine vs. G. angustifolium and others. In total, we identified 74 plant species during the visit.

We are always fortunate to have so many experts on various topics along on our trips and the sharing of knowledge is one of the highlightsd of these trips. Today we heard lessons from Celia Kutcher about several conservation issues, from Mark Sugars about some of the history as well as the invasive plants in the canyon and bird experts including Andy Lazere keept us posting on interesting birds along the way. (Click "Plants Seen" for a complete plant list.

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Wood Canyon, Aliso & Wood Canyon Wilderness Park, Laguna Niguel, 1/12/14

Acmispon glaber
Adenostoma fasciculatum var. fasciculatum
Adiantum jordanii
Ambrosia psilostachya
Anagallis arvensis ssp. arvensis
Apium graveolens
Artemisia californica
Artemisia douglasiana
Arundo donax
Atriplex semibaccata
Baccharis pilularis ssp. consaguinea
Baccharis salicifolia
Brassica nigra
Bromus diandrus ssp. diandrus
Calystegia macrostegia
Cardamine californica var. californica
Centaurea melitensis
Chenopodium murale
Chrysanthemum coronarium
Conyza canadensis var. canadensis
Corethrogyne filaginifolia
Cortaderia selloana
Cucurbita foetidissima
Cylindropuntia prolifera
Cyperus involucratus
Datura wrightii
Dichelostemma capitatum
Elymus condensatus
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Erodium cicutarium ssp. cicutarium
Galium aparine
Galium angustifolium ssp. angustifolium
Geranium carolinianum var. carolinianum
Heteromeles arbutifolia var. arbutifolia
Heterotheca grandiflora
Isocoma menziesii var. vernonioides
Lathyrus vestitus
Lupinus bicolor
Malacothamnus fasciculatus
Malva parviflora
Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus
Marrubium vulgare
Medicago polymorpha
Melilotus sp.
Mimulus aurantiacus
Nasturtium officinale
Nicotiana glauca
Opuntia littoralis
Opuntia oricola
Pentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis
Phacelia ramosissima
Phoradendron macrophyllum
Plantago major
Polypodium californicum var. californicum
Potentilla glandulosa ssp. glandulosa
Quercus agrifolia var. agrifolia
Quercus berberidifolia
Rhus integrifolia
Ribes speciosum
Rosa californica
Rubus ursinus
Rumex crispus
Salix gooddingii var. gooddingii
Salix lasiolepis var. lasiolepis
Salvia apiana var. apiana
Salvia mellifera
Sambucus mexicana
Sanicula crassicaulis var. crassicaulis
Scirpus cernuus
Sonchus oleraceus
Stipa pulchra
Toxicodendron radicans ssp. diversilobum
Typha domingensis
Urtica dioica ssp. holosericea