2/4/09

Fremont's Camas and other sights

This morning when I found Fremont's Camas (Zigadenus fremontii) blooming in my garden, it reminded me that I haven't yet found the low-growing, endemic form on Bernal Hill. I've been looking for it for years without success.

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So I decided to run up the hill and see if my luck has changed. It's always fun to come up here.

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The trails cut across some very steep gradients.

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Wouldn't want to slip.

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So once I got up there, I went right to Fremont's Camas like I've always known where to find it. Ten acres, and it's the first thing I see today.

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Then I found a little patch of three of them holding their own against the weeds and grasses. I wonder if these specimens are genetically dwarfed, or just small because of the rocky substrate they grow on. It would be fun to collect a little seed and find out.

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"Find the low-growing Bernal-endemic Fremont's Camas." Okay, cross that one off the list.

Elsewhere some other things to see...lots of Sanicula arctopoides.

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This guy seems to to desire the most undesirable sites.

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I don't know what this little orange aster is but it looks like Calendula to me.

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And there's a lot of it.

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Lots of plantago too.

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Lots of it everywhere I guess.

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And I always like to check in on this patch of Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea) on Bernal Hill's eastern-most outcrop. Doing well!

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6 comments:

Gail said...

That is a fantastic view from the top of the hill! That is a sweet sage. gail

Michelle said...

The plants that maintain a toehold in the middle of an urban environment always fascinate me! That Sanicula is really interesting, I don't recall seeing it before. So far, all that's blooming on my hillside are the shooting stars - saw the first white one today.

Darla said...

Just a beautiful view from up here!

Frances said...

Hi Chuck, I would swear that was calendula, is that a native there or an escapee? How funny that you went right to the patch of camas too, good luck was with you. The steepness of the slope is similar to spots here, but the difference is that no one has tried to build on ours.
Frances

chuck b. said...

Every vtime I look at that picture, I think it looks like Calendula. The leaves and everything. I've never heard of it escaping, and to have escaped to this very odd location on the side of a hill...well, it seems very strange, I think. Maybe someone sowed it. Which just triggers a whole set of other, strange assumptions.

lisa said...

The elusive camas! I'm glad you found it (and DIDN'T slip down that hill! :)