MCGRATH STATE BEACH, VENTURA COUNTY JULY 2008
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Photographs by Michael Charters




This trip was intended to try to find a species for which I have been searching for several years, Petunia parviflora or wild petunia. It is more commonly found from Santa Barbara County northwards, but has been seen and vouchered from a number of different locations in Southern California, including this location which we were given by Steve Junak of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Unfortunately, the entire McGrath State Beach area was a much drier habitat than I believe this species prefers, and we did not find any today. We did see other things of interest, including many introduced species, and I have noted those with an asterisk.


   
Marsh jaumea
Jaumea carnosa
Asteraceae
 
Wild heliotrope
Heliotropium curassavicum
Boraginaceae
 
Yerba mansa
Anemopsis californica
Saururaceae


 
Rush
Scirpus sp.
Cyperaceae
 
Arrowleaf saltbush
Atriplex triangularis
Chenopodiaceae


 
 
Quail bush
Atriplex lentiformis ssp. lentiformis
Chenopodiaceae
 
 
 
 
Hooker's evening primrose
Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri
Onagraceae
Silverweed
Potentilla anserina ssp. pacifica
Rosaceae
 
 


 
 
Curly dock *
Rumex crispus
Polygonaceae
 
 
White sweetclover *
Melilotus alba
Fabaceae
Myoporum *
Myoporum laetum
Myoporaceae
   
Poison hemlock *
Conium maculatum
Apiaceae
Brass buttons *
Cotula coronopifolia
Asteraceae


 
Silver beach bur
Ambrosia chamissonis
Asteraceae


 
 
Salt marsh dodder
Cuscuta salina
Cuscutaceae
 
Prickly lettuce *
Lactuca serriola
Asteraceae
Salt marsh dodder
Cuscuta salina
Cuscutaceae
   


 
Sacred datura
Datura wrightii
Solanaceae
 
Pink sand verbena
Abronia umbellata ssp. umbellata
Nyctaginaceae


   
Seacliff buckwheat
Eriogonum parvifolium
Polygonaceae


 
Wild radish *
Raphanus sativus
Brassicaceae
 
Salt cedar *
Tamarix ramosissima
Tamaricaceae