CAMINO CIELO ROAD, SANTA BARBARA CO. JULY 2009
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Photographs by Michael Charters




Thanks to Lara Hartley who passed along to me a location she got from Marc Kummel for a mariposa lily that I had not previously encountered, Calochortus weedii var. vestus, which may or may not be in the process of becoming Calochortus fimbriatus. This is a lovely flower which blooms when most others have given up the ghost. Camino Cielo Road winds east and west along a chaparral-covered ridgeline from San Marcos Pass Road just below the top of the pass as you come up the 154 from Santa Barbara. "Camino Cielo" means "sky road," and it certainly is, with breathtaking views both north and south. The header photo above is of the ruins of Knapp's Castle, a 1916 mansion perched on the edge of the mountainside overlooking the Santa Ynez River Valley, which was destroyed in the Paradise Canyon fire of 1940. An upside-down V next to the common name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip, and an asterisk denotes a non-native species.


   
Woolly blue curls
Trichostema lanatum
Lamiaceae
 
Indian pink
Silene laciniata ssp. laciniata
Caryophyllaceae


 
St. Catherine's lace
Eriogonum giganteum var. giganteum
Polygonaceae


[Santa Catalina Island was named San Salvador in 1542 by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and then renamed Santa Catalina in 1602 by Sebastian Viscaino in honor of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, hence the name St. Catherine's lace. This
individual was likely an escape from some cultivated situation, since its range is restricted to the Channel Islands.]


 
 
Weed's mariposa lily ^
Calochortus weedii var. vestus
Liliaceae
 
 
   



 
Hawkweed
Hieracium argutum
Asteraceae


   
Martin's paintbrush
Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii
Scrophulariaceae


 
Scarlet larkspur
Delphinium cardinale
Ranunculaceae
 
   
Feltleaf everlasting
Pseudognaphalium microcephalum
Asteraceae


   
Sticky false-gilia
Allophyllum glutinosum
Polemoniaceae
 
Venus thistle
Cirsium occidentale var. venustum
Asteraceae


 
 
Yellow star thistle *
Centaurea solstitialis
Asteraceae


       
   
Toyon
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Rosaceae

   
    Sweet fennel *
Foeniculum vulgare
Apiaceae