CASTRO MOTORWAY, SANTA MONICA MTS APRIL 2009 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




This hike begins in the same parking area as the last one at the top of Corral Canyon Road, but instead of going down into Solstice Canyon progresses up a dirt road that traverses a ridge overlooking Malibu Creek State Park. It was windier and cloudier when I began but the sun soon came out and it became another beautiful day. Milt McAuley once showed me some interesting species along this road that are not too common in the Santa Monicas, such as Pickeringia montana, Hieracium argutum, Hemizonia minthornii, and Lotus argophyllus. The hawkweed was the only one I saw today but it wasn't in bloom. Some of the photos displayed here were taken in the burn areas along Corral Canyon Road which were affected by the Corral fire of November 2007 and are now covered with morning glory and large-flowered phacelia. I'm never sure how many species to include in any given photo gallery. Regular viewers may tire of seeing pictures of the same species, but people who want to know what's on a particular trail want to see everything that's there, so I have usually gone in that direction. An upside-down V next to the common name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this hike, and as always, an asterisk indicates a non-native.


   
Sticky phacelia
Phacelia viscida
Hydrophyllaceae
 
Coast figwort
Scrophularia californica ssp. californica
Scrophulariaceae


 
 
Shortpod mustard *
Hirschfeldia incana
Brassicaceae
California hedge nettle
Stachys bullata
Lamiaceae
 


 
 
Rush-rose
Helianthemum scoparium
Cistaceae
 
Santa Monica Mountains manzanita
Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. mollis
Ericaceae
Coast locoweed
Astragalus trichopodus var. lonchus
Fabaceae
   


 
Bleeding hearts
Dicentra ochroleuca
Papaveraceae


   
Coastal lotus
Lotus salsuginosus var. salsuginosus
Fabaceae

 
 



 
Mexican elderberry
Sambucus mexicana
Caprifoliaceae
 
 
Terracina spurge *
Euphorbia terracina
Euphorbiaceae
 
 
Bush poppy
Dendromecon rigida
Papaveraceae
 


     
Lowland cudweed
Gnaphalium palustre
Asteraceae

 
Red maids
Calandrinia ciliata
Portulacaceae



   
Sticky false-gilia
Allophyllum glutinosum
Polemoniaceae


 
Small evening primrose
Camissonia micrantha
Onagraceae
 
Whispering bells
Emmenanthe penduliflora var. penduliflora
Hydrophyllaceae


       
   
Turkish rugging
Chorizanthe staticoides
Polygonaceae
   
    Bird's-foot fern
Pellaea mucronata var. mucronata
Pteridaceae


 
Goldback fern
Pentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis
Pteridaceae
 
Canyon sweet pea
Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus
Fabaceae