LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK MAY 2010 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




A couple of weeks ago I ventured down to Orange County to see Pentachaeta aurea ssp. allenii at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Bob Allen had gently reminded me recently that I didn't have his daisy in my website, so I wanted to rectify that. Having only a brief time, I walked with him out to where there was a convenient population, and I was suitably impressed. But the park is so lovely that I decided at least one return visit was required, and I went down again to hike from the Visitor Center to Camarillo Canyon Road to Serrano Ridge and finally down Little Sycamore Canyon back to the parking area, a distance of about 5 miles. This is an incredible loop trail and the park is awash in flowers right now. So all I can say is, thanks Bob, for showing me this little beauty and introducing me to a location I'm sure I will visit again and again. 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, an asterisk indicates a non-native species, and a tilde (~) indicates an identification about which I am not certain.


   
Allen's daisy, White-rayed pentachaeta ^
Pentachaeta aurea ssp. allenii
Asteraceae


 
Scarlet pimpernel *
Anagallis arvensis
Myrsinaceae


 
 
Indian pink
Silene laciniata ssp. laciniata
Caryophyllaceae
 
 
 
 
Bush sunflower
Encelia californica
Asteraceae
Blue-eyed grass
Sisyrinchium bellum
Iridaceae
 
 


 
 
Prostrate spineflower
Chorizanthe procumbens
Polygonaceae
 


   
Splendid mariposa lily
Calochortus splendens
Liliaceae

[The exact taxonomic position of this plant is up in the air. Although most people would consider it to be C. splendens,
maybe it will turn out to be the C. davidsonianus mentioned in the Gerritsen and Parsons book on Calochortus}


     
Common phacelia
Phacelia distans
Boraginaceae
 
Common deerweed
Lotus scoparius var. scoparius
Fabaceae


 
 
American wild carrot
Daucus pusillus
Apiaceae
 
 



     
  Purple nightshade
Solanum xanti
Solanaceae
 


 
California chicory
Rafinesquia californica
Asteraceae
 
 
California aster
Corethrogyne filaginifolia
Asteraceae
Blue dicks
Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum
Themidaceae
 
 
California everlasting
Gnaphalium californicum
Asteraceae
 


 
Bush monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus var. puniceus
Phrymaceae
 
 
 
Laurel sumac
Malosma laurina
Anacardiaceae


 
Mule fat
Baccharis salicifolia ssp. salicifolia
Asteraceae
 
Yellow tidy tips
Layia platyglossa
Asteraceae