Photos copyright © 2010-2013 Kat Avila
Cameras: Canon SD780 IS, Canon SX210 IS (2013)
International phonetic alphabet (IPA) used for pronunciation.
MILKWEED FAMILY
Indian Milkweed (aka Monarch Milkweed), Asclepias eriocarpa, MILKWEED FAMILY: This species has woolly leaves.
Indian milkweed
2013.5.26
Indian milkweed
2013.5.26
Indian milkweed
2013.5.26
Indian milkweed
2013.6.16
Indian milkweed
2013.6.16
Indian milkweed
2013.6.16
Indian milkweed
2010.6.19
Indian milkweed
2010.6.19
MINT FAMILY
Black Sage, Salvia mellifera, MINT FAMILY
black sage
2012.2.5
black sage
2012.2.5
White Sage, Salvia apiana, MINT FAMILY: I like to rub together the small sticky dry pods from the stalks for the relaxing fragrance, which is slightly stronger than that of California sagebrush.
white sage
2012.1.21
white sage
2012.1.31
white sage
2012.2.5
white sage
2012.2.20
white sage
2013.4.21
white sage
2013.4.21
white sage
2012.5.20
white sage
2012.5.20
white sage
2013.6.1
white sage
2013.6.1
white sage
2010.6.19
white sage
2010.6.19
white sage
2010.6.19
white sage
2010.6.19
white sage
2013.6.16
white sage
2012.8.25
white sage
2012.9.3
white sage
2012.9.29
Vinegar Weed (aka Common Blue Curls), Trichostema lanceolatum, MINT FAMILY
vinegar weed
2012.1.24
vinegar weed
2012.1.24
vinegar weed
close-up
2012.1.24
vinegar weed
2012.1.24
vinegar weed
2012.1.24
vinegar weed
2012.1.25
vinegar weeds
2012.9.3
vinegar weed
2012.9.3
vinegar weeds
2012.9.3
MORNING GLORY FAMILY
California Bindweed, Calystegia macrostegia, MORNING GLORY FAMILY
bindweed
2012.5.20
California bindweed
2013.6.1
MUSTARD FAMILY
Black Mustard, Brassica nigra, MUSTARD FAMILY
Western black mustard
2012.5.20
Western black mustard
2012.5.20
Western black mustard
2012.5.20
Western black mustard
2012.5.20
NIGHTSHADE FAMILY
Jimson Weed, Datura stramonium, NIGHTSHADE FAMILY: Poison, the entire plant. Zunis may have used it as an anesthetic; magical uses by other natives were for visions and clairvoyance (Murphey, 50).
jimson weed flower
2012.2.18
jimson weed flower
2013.6.1
jimson weed flower
2013.6.1
jimson weed flower buds
2013.6.1
jimson weed
2013.6.16
Tree Tobacco, Nicotiana glauca, NIGHTSHADE FAMILY: Its leaves were sometimes used for smoking and others times the entire plant was used (Murphey, 62).
tree tobacco
2012.2.5
tree tobacco
2012.2.5
tree tobacco
2012.2.5
tree tobacco
2012.2.5
tree tobacco
2012.2.18
tree tobacco
2012.2.18
tree tobacco
2012.2.20
tree tobacco
2012.2.20
OXALIS FAMILY [ak-'sæl-ǝs]
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (aka lemon wood-sorrel, sourgrass), Oxalis stricta, OXALIS FAMILY
yellow wood-sorrel
2012.2.20
yellow wood-sorrel
2012.2.20
yellow wood-sorrel
2012.2.20
yellow wood-sorrel
2012.2.20
yellow wood-sorrel
2012.2.20
PEA FAMILY
Deerweed (aka California Broom), Lotus scoparius, PEA FAMILY: Pollinated flowers become reddish as they wither.
deerweed
2012.1.21
deerweed
2012.1.21
deerweed
The blossoms at the top
are the last to bloom.
2012.1.21
deerweed
2012.1.24
deerweed
2012.1.24
deerweed
2012.1.25
deerweed
close-up
2012.1.25
deerweed
2012.2.5
deerweed
2012.2.5
deerweed
2012.2.5
deerweed
blue butterfly
2012.2.5
PEA FAMILY, Lupines ['lu-pǝnz], Lupinus var., More than eighty species of lupines can be found in California (Munz, CSW, 17). Lupinus comes from lupus (wolf) after the mistaken notion that the plants were bad for the soil (Munz, CSW, 43). However, as Ronald J. Taylor of Sagebrush Country writes, "Like other legumes, lupines fix nitrogen, thus making a significant ecological contribution to the steppe, particularly to nitrogen-deficient sandy soils (104)."
Stinging Lupine (aka Needle Lupine), Lupinus hirsutissimus, PEA FAMILY: One "hairy" plant as its Latin name implies.
stinging lupine
2012.1.21
stinging lupine
2012.1.21
stinging lupine
2012.2.20
stinging lupine
2012.2.20
stinging lupine
2012.2.20
stinging lupine seed pods
seed pods
2013.4.21
stinging lupine seed pods
2013.4.21
Succulent Lupine (aka Arroyo Lupine), Lupinus succulentus, PEA FAMILY
succulent lupine
2012.1.21
succulent lupine
2012.1.21
succulent lupine
seed pods
2012.1.21
succulent lupine
2012.1.24
succulent lupine
2012.1.25
succulent lupine
2012.1.25
succulent lupine
flower bud
2012.1.25
PLUMBAGINACEAE FAMILY [plǝm-bæ-dʒǝ-'neɪ-ci:-i:]
Sea Lavender, Limonium sinuatum, PLUMBAGINACEAE FAMILY
sea lavender
2012.2.12
sea lavender
2012.2.12
sea lavender
2012.2.12
sea lavender
2012.2.12
sea lavender
2013.4.23
sea lavender
2013.4.23
sea lavender
2013.4.23
SEDUM FAMILY ['si:-dǝm]
Canyon Dudleya (aka Canyon Live-forever), Dudleya cymosa, SEDUM FAMILY
canyon dudleya
2013.4.9
canyon dudleya
2013.4.21
canyon dudleya
2013.4.21
canyon dudleya
2012.5.20
canyon dudleya
2012.5.20
canyon dudleya
2012.5.20
canyon dudleya
2012.5.20
canyon dudleya
2012.5.20
Chalk Dudleya (aka Chalk Live-forever, Chalk Lettuce), Dudleya pulverulenta, SEDUM FAMILY: Dudleya comes from the name of Stanford faculty member W. R. Dudley (Munz, CSW, 14). These are the weirdest-looking monster plants with their tentacle-like flowering arms.
chalk dudleya
2012.2.5
chalk dudleya
close-up
2012.2.5
chalk dudleya
same plant
a year and a half later
2013.6.22
chalk dudleya
2013.6.3
chalk dudleya
2010.6.19
chalk dudleya
2010.6.19
chalk dudleya
2010.6.19
chalk dudleya
2010.6.19
chalk dudleya
2010.6.19
chalk dudleya
2010.6.19
chalk dudleya
2010.6.19
chalk dudleya
2010.6.19
chalk dudleya
2010.6.19
chalk dudleya
2013.6.22
chalk dudleya
2012.6.23
chalk dudleya
2012.6.23
chalk dudleya
2012.6.23
chalk dudleya
2012.6.23
chalk dudleya
2012.6.23
chalk dudleya
2012.6.23
SNAPDRAGON FAMILY
Bush Monkeyflower (aka Sticky Monkeyflower), Mimulus aurantiacus, SNAPDRAGON FAMILY: This plant can be found in lower California on slopes below 5,000 feet (Munz, CSW, 37). Most flowers you see will be light to dark orange, with an occasional grouping of red.
bush monkeyflower
2012.2.12
bush monkeyflower
2012.2.18
bush monkeyflower
2012.2.18
bush monkeyflower
2012.5.20
bush monkeyflowers
2013.6.1
bush monkeyflowers
2013.6.1
bush monkeyflower
2010.6.19
bush monkeyflower
2010.6.19
bush monkeyflower
2010.6.19
bush monkeyflower
2010.6.19
bush monkeyflower
2012.6.23
Coast Paintbrush, Castilleja affinis, SNAPDRAGON FAMILY: Partly parasitic, it obtains water and nutrients from a host plant's roots (Head, 37). However, it can survive without a host plant (Taylor, 58). Referred to as a snake's friend by some Native Americans because it is found near rocks where snakes may hide (Murphey, 50).
coast paintbrush
2012.2.18
coast paintbrush
2012.2.18
coast paintbrush
2012.2.18
coast paintbrush
2012.2.18
coast paintbrush
2012.2.20
coast paintbrush
2012.2.20
coast paintbrush
2012.2.20
coast paintbrush
2012.5.20
SPURGE FAMILY
Doveweed (aka Turkey Mullein), Eremocarpus setigerus, SPURGE FAMILY: This poisonous plant was used by indigenous peoples to capture fish by throwing segments into the water to stun them (Dale, 107). However, the seeds are eaten by mourning doves without harm to those birds (Bryant, "Doveweed [Turkey Mullein]").
doveweed
2012.8.25
doveweed
2012.8.25
SUMAC FAMILY
Poison Oak (aka Western Poison Oak), Toxicodendron diversilobum, SUMAC FAMILY: The oak-leaf-shaped leaves are spring-red, summer-green, and start to turn red as fall approaches (Stuart, 400). Any contact with this plant, even oil-carrying smoke (Head, 28) and plant ashes after a wildfire, will result in a severe rash. It can be identified by multiple sets of three lobed leaves.
poison oak
2012.6.23
poison oak leaves
3-lobed leaves
2013.6.1
SUNFLOWER FAMILY
Pineapple Weed, Chamomilla suaveolens, SUNFLOWER FAMILY
pineapple weed
2012.2.20
pineapple weed
2012.2.20
WATERLEAF FAMILY
Caterpillar Phacelia [fə-'si:-li:-ə], Phacelia cicutaria, WATERLEAF FAMILY
caterpillar phacelia
2012.6.23
caterpillar phacelia
2012.6.23
Common Phacelia, Phacelia distans, WATERLEAF FAMILY
common phacelia
2018.2.18
common phacelia
2018.2.18
common phacelia
2018.2.18
common phacelia
2018.2.20
common phacelia
2018.2.20
WILLOW FAMILY
Pacific Willow, Salix lucida, WILLOW FAMILY
Pacific willow
2012.8.25
Pacific willow
This branch is an
ant highway.
2012.8.25
Pacific willow
2012.8.25
Pacific willow
2012.8.25
Misc. Plants
plant
2012.1.21
purple flower
2013.4.21
two-toned  flower
2013.4.23
yellow flowers
2013.4.30
white flower
2013.5.12
white flower
2013.5.12
pink flower
2013.6.16
yellow flowers
2013.6.16
orange flowers
2013.6.29
plant
2012.8.25
plant
2012.8.25