RANCHO SAN ANTONIO COUNTY PARK AND OPEN SPACE
PRESERVE, SANTA CLARA COUNTY
APRIL 2012 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




On my recent trip up north to fly on the zeppelin 'Eureka,' I had a couple of free hours which I spent going for a walk in this county park near where some friends of ours live. I didn't expect that I would see a great deal of flora, and that was the case, but in addition to those invasive taxa that are present both here and equally farther south, I was able to photograph a few things, including at least a couple of species that were new to me (indicated by an upside-down V next to the common name). Since this locale is way out of my area of familiarity, I hope to be forgiven for any taxonomic mistakes, but perhaps my knowledgeable colleagues from this area will correct any such. An asterisk indicates a non-native species.


   
Common fiddleneck
Amsinckia intermedia
Boraginaceae


 
Cutleaf geranium *
Geranium dissectum
Geraniaceae


 
 
 
California buttercup
Ranunculus californicus var. californicus
Ranunculaceae
 
 



   
Spring vetch *
Vicia sativa
Fabaceae
 
 
Italian thistle *
Carduus pycnocephalus
Asteraceae


Winter cress *
Barbarea orthoceras
Brassicaceae
 
 
 
Annual bedstraw
Galium aparine
Rubiaceae
 
 
Foothill shooting star
Dodecatheon hendersonii
Primulaceae


   
California maidenhair fern
Adiantum jordanii
Pteridaceae
 
Canyon sweet pea
Lathyrus vestitus
Fabaceae


   
Grand hound's tongue ^
Cynoglossum grande
Boraginaceae


 
 
Sow thistle *
Sonchus oleraceus
Asteraceae
Miner's lettuce
Claytonia sp.
Montiaceae
 


 
California man-root
Marah fabacea
Cucurbitaceae
 
 
Dovefoot geranium ^*
Geranium molle
Geraniaceae
 
 
Woodland star
Lithophragma affine
Saxifragaceae
 


 
California blackberry
Rubus ursinus
Rosaceae