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Cameras: Canon SD780 IS, Canon SX210 IS (2013)
International phonetic alphabet (IPA) used for pronunciation.
AGAVE FAMILY [ə-'ga-vi:] - has spiny leaves
Chaparral Yucca (aka Whipple Yucca, Spanish Bayonet, Our Lord's Candle), Yucca whipplei, AGAVE FAMILY

A. W. Whipple was a surveyor who worked in Los Angeles (Dale, 24). Spanish colonists gave this plant the name "Our Lord's Candle(stick)" (Stocking, 21). The plant is fertilized by a moth (Pronuba maculata) (Head, 34). After the yucca blooms and produces fruit, it dries out and dies (Stocking, 21).

This plant's leaf fibers were once used as thread and to make rope, sugar from its stalks to make an alcoholic beverage (some species have toxic stalks; Tull, 27), and the inner flesh of its fruit was eaten raw, cooked, or sun-dried into cakes for storage or barter (Head, 33). The edible petals of its flowers are high in Vitamin C (Tull, 27; Tate 1972) and can be eaten raw or cooked; do not eat the seeds.
chaparral yucca
creamy-white flowers
2012.1.28
chaparral yucca
2012.1.28
chaparral yucca
2012.1.28
chaparral yucca
2012.1.28
chaparral yucca
2012.2.5
chaparral yucca
base of a dead yucca
2012.2.5
chaparral yucca
2012.2.5
chaparral yucca
fruit
2012.5.20
chaparral yucca
2012.5.20
chaparral yucca
2012.5.20
chaparral yucca
2012.5.20
chaparral yucca
2012.5.20
chaparral yucca
2012.5.20
chaparral yucca
2010.6.19
chaparral yucca
2010.6.19
chaparral yucca
2012.6.23
chaparral yucca
forest of dead yucca
2012.9.3
chaparral yucca
2012.9.3
Landmark: I always pass this shepherd's crook-like yucca on one of the hills. It was probably bent out of shape by a wildfire.
chaparral yucca
2012.2.5
chaparral yucca
2012.5.20
chaparral yucca
closeup
2012.5.20
ASTER FAMILY ['æs-tǝr] - often has daisylike flowers
Artichoke Thistle, Cynara cardunculus, ASTER FAMILY: A rapidly reproducing invasive plant that is chemically sprayed to try to halt its advances against native plants.
artichoke thistle
2012.1.21
artichoke thistle
2012.1.31
artichoke thistle
2012.1.31
artichoke thistle
2012.2.5
artichoke thistle
2012.2.5
artichoke thistle
2010.6.19
artichoke thistle
2010.6.19
artichoke thistle
2010.6.19
artichoke thistle
2010.6.19
artichoke thistle
2010.6.19
artichoke thistle
2010.6.19
artichoke thistle
2013.6.22
artichoke thistle
2013.6.22
artichoke thistle
2012.6.23
artichoke thistle
2012.6.23
California Encelia (aka Bush Sunflower), Encelia californica, ASTER FAMILY
California encelia
2012.1.24
California encelia
2012.1.25
California Everlasting, Gnaphalium californicum, ASTER FAMILY
California everlasting
2012.1.21
California everlasting
2012.1.21
California everlasting
2012.1.24
California everlasting
2012.1.28
California everlasting
2012.1.28
California everlasting
2012.1.31
California everlasting
2012.1.31
California everlasting
2012.2.20
California everlasting
2012.2.20
California everlasting
2013.6.22
California everlasting
2012.6.23
California Sagebrush, Artemisia californica, ASTER FAMILY
California sagebrush
2012.1.21
California sagebrush
2012.1.21
California sagebrush
2012.6.23
Cocklebur, Xanthium spinosum (has three-forked spines at base of leaf stalk) or Xanthium strumaritum (does not have the three-forked spines), ASTER FAMILY
cocklebur
2012.8.25
Common California Aster, Aster chilensis, ASTER FAMILY
common California aster
2012.5.20
Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis, ASTER FAMILY
coyote brush
2012.6.23
coyote brush
2012.6.23
Cudweed Aster (aka California Corethrogyne), Corethrogyne filaginifolia, ASTER FAMILY
cudweed aster
2012.9.3
cudweed aster
2012.9.3
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, ASTER FAMILY
dandelion
2012.1.21
Golden Yarrow, Eriophyllum lanatum, ASTER FAMILY
golden yarrow
2013.5.26
golden yarrow
2013.5.26
Menzies' Goldenbush, Isocoma menziesii, ASTER FAMILY
Menzies' goldenbush
2012.9.3
Menzies' goldenbush
2012.9.3
Prickly Sow-Thistle, Sonchus asper, ASTER FAMILY
sow thistle
2012.2.18
sow thistle
2012.2.18
sow thistle
2012.2.20
San Diego Tarplant, Deinandra paniculata, ASTER FAMILY
San Diego tarplant
2012.6.23
San Diego tarplant
2012.6.23
San Diego tarplant
2012.6.23
Telegraph Weed, Heterotheca grandiflora, ASTER FAMILY
plant
dried-up flowers
2012.1.21
plant
2012.1.21
telegraph weed
2012.2.5
telegraph weed
2012.2.18
telegraph weed
2012.2.18
telegraph weed
2012.2.18
telegraph weed
2013.6.29
telegraph weed
2012.8.25
telegraph weed
2012.8.25
telegraph weed
2012.8.25
telegraph weed
2012.9.3
telegraph weeds
2012.9.3
telegraph weed
2012.9.3
telegraph weed
They do look like
telegraph poles.
2012.9.3
telegraph weed
2012.9.3
telegraph weed
2012.9.3
Western Ragweed, Ambrosia psilostachya, ASTER FAMILY
Western weed-rag
2012.9.3
Western weed-rag
2012.9.3
Western weed-rag
2012.9.3
Western weed-rag
2012.9.3
Yellow Star Thistle, Centaurea solstitialis, ASTER FAMILY
yellow star thistle
2013.5.26
BEECH FAMILY [bi:tʃ] - hardwood tree with nuts
Coast Live Oak (aka California Live Oak), Quercus agrifolia, BEECH FAMILY: The leaves will pucker down to expose less surface to the direct sun (Head, 25). Its acorns were collected by the natives and stored in baskets in high desert caves as a backup food source (ibid., 26, 40), eaten only after the acorns were leached of their stomach-upsetting tannin (ibid., 40).
coast live oak
2012.8.25
coast live oak
2012.8.25
coast live oak
2012.8.25
BORAGE FAMILY ['bɔr-ɪdʒ]
Common Cryptantha (aka Popcorn Flower), Cryptantha intermedia, BORAGE FAMILY: "Cryptantha" refers to the first recorded species whose flowers have no need to open since they self-fertilize (Dale, 78). Broken stems will stain (Dale, 78), so take care.
common cryptantha
2012.1.28
common cryptantha
2012.1.31
common cryptantha
2012.1.31
common cryptantha
2012.2.20
common cryptantha
2012.2.20
common cryptantha
2012.2.20
common cryptantha
2012.2.20
common cryptantha
2012.2.20
Common Fiddleneck, Amsinckia intermedia, BORAGE FAMILY
common fiddleneck
2012.2.20
common fiddleneck
2012.2.20
common fiddleneck
2012.2.20
BUCKWHEAT FAMILY
California Buckwheat, Eriogonum fasciculatum, BUCKWHEAT FAMILY: The bushes start to look rusty after the flowers wilt and dry up.
California buckwheat
2010.6.19
California buckwheat
2010.6.19
California buckwheat
2010.6.19
California buckwheat
2010.6.19
California buckwheat
2012.1.21
California buckwheat
2012.1.21
California buckwheat
2012.1.21
California buckwheat
2012.1.21
California buckwheat
2012.1.21
California buckwheat
2012.1.24
California buckwheat
2012.1.24
California buckwheat
2012.1.24
California buckwheat
2012.1.24
California buckwheat
2012.1.25
California buckwheat
2012.8.25
California buckwheat
2012.8.25
Curly Dock, Rumex crispus, BUCKWHEAT FAMILY, from Europe
curly dock
2010.6.19
curly dock
2010.6.19
curly dock
2010.6.19
curly dock
2013.6.22
curly dock
2012.6.23
CACTUS FAMILY
Coastal Prickly Pear, Opuntia littoralis, CACTUS FAMILY: The pads (Sp. nopales) and the fruit (Sp. tunas) with the spines and skin removed are eaten by some people. It is not necessarily the large spines you need to worry about but the tiny bristle-like ones. They break off in bunches from the base of the larger spines and will cling to and irritate your skin. White cochineal scale insects (Dactylopius) gather in colonies on the cactus; a red dye can be made from them (Clarke 141).
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.5
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.5
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.5
coastal prickly pear
one heart-shaped pad
2012.2.12
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.17
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.17
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.17
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.18
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.18
coastal prickly pear
mouse ears
2012.2.18
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.20
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.20
coastal prickly pear
2012.2.20
coastal prickly pear
2012.5.20
coastal prickly pear
2012.5.20
coastal prickly pear
2012.5.20
coastal prickly pear
2012.5.20
coastal prickly pear
2012.5.20
coastal prickly pear flowers
2013.5.26
coastal prickly pear
2010.6.19
coastal prickly pear
2010.6.19
coastal prickly pear
2010.6.19
coastal prickly pear
2010.6.19
coastal prickly pear
2010.6.19
coastal prickly pear
2010.6.19
coastal prickly pear
covered in raindrops
2010.6.19
coastal prickly pear
2012.6.23
coastal prickly pear
2012.6.23
coastal prickly pear
2012.6.23
coastal prickly pear
2012.6.23
coastal prickly pear
2012.8.25
coastal prickly pear
2012.8.25
coastal prickly pear
cellulose skeleton arm
of a fire-ravaged cactus
2012.9.3
coastal prickly pear
2012.9.3
coastal prickly pear
I've read that you
can make juice from
the pears.
2012.9.3
coastal prickly pear
2012.9.3
coastal prickly pear
Some ants are enjoying
a pear feast.
2012.9.3
CASHEW FAMILY ['kæ-ʃu]
Laurel Sumac, Rhus (Malosma) laurina, CASHEW FAMILY
laurel sumac
2012.2.5
laurel sumac
2012.6.23
laurel sumac
2012.6.23
laurel sumac
2012.6.23
laurel sumac
2012.6.23
laurel sumac
2012.8.25
laurel sumac
2012.8.25
Lemonade Berry (aka Lemonade Sumac), Rhus integrifolia, CASHEW FAMILY
lemonade berry
2012.2.5
plant
2012.8.25