As we here in California wish for rain, and wonder about the 2014 floral forecast (for grasses & agriculture too), I thought I'd close out the year with some colorful cheer.
So, here are 15 CA native species that I first encountered in 2013 but didn't put in any posts.
First up, 5 species I saw on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, in Mono County:
Great Basin Mariposa Lily, Calochortus bruneaunis, exploding out of the sagebrush steppe
Alpine Lily, Lilium parvum, likes high elevation riparian corridors
Fewleaf Spiderplant, Carsonia sparsifolia, a stinky bladderpod relative
Great Basin Bog Orchid, Platanthera tescamnis
Beautiful Shooting Star, Dodecatheon pulchellum
And here are 5 from the Sierra Nevada and Tehachapi Mountains:
False Ground Cherry, Chamaesaracha nana, a Nightshade like tomatoes and potatoes
Hairy Paintbrush, Castilleja pilosa, that hides in bushes
Congdon's Lewisia, Lewisia congdonii, a CNPS 1B.3 and CA State listed rare species
Yosemite Woolly Sunflower, Eriophyllum nubigenum, also a 1B.3 rare endemic
And speaking of woolly - check out these crazy seed pods:
Woolly Pod Milkvetch, Astragalus purshii var. tinctus
And finally, 5 from the North Coast Ranges, near Mount St. Helena and Calistoga, starting with another, quite different milkvetch...
The rare 1B.2 serpentine-loving Jepson's Milkvetch, Astragalus rattanii var. jepsonianus
Cascade Onion, Allium cratericola, which also likes serpentine, but grows on volcanics too
The wild, weird & wonderful Hoover's Lomatium, Lomatium hooveri
Pacific Fawn Lily, Erythronium helenae, a lily that screams for attention
And Purdy's Fritillary, Fritillaria purdyi, a much more humble lily
So - 2014 - whatchya got?