SANTA YNEZ CANYON, SANTA MONICA MTS MAY 2009 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




This was a fairly dull and unproductive hike along a trail that should be called the Poison Oak Trail. Not much is blooming in this part of Topanga State Park, although there are interesting species which will flower later in the season such as coast boykinia and cream-bush. Not much maintenance has been done on this trail and there are places where it is a bit difficult to proceed. One branch of the trail leads to a waterfall, almost dry now, and the other eventually climbs out of the canyon to reach the Park HQ and the Dead Horse Trail.


   

Wild rose
Rosa californica
Rosaceae

 
Heartleaf penstemon
Keckiella cordifolia
Plantaginageae
 
California hedge nettle
Stachys bullata
Lamiaceae


 
Spanish broom *
Spartium junceum
Fabaceae
 
Black sage
Salvia mellifera
Lamiaceae


 
 
California blackberry
Rubus ursinus
Rosaceae
 
 
 
 
Sweet fennel *
Foeniculum vulgare
Apiaceae

Canyon sunflower
Venegasia carpesioides
Asteraceae
 
 


 
Buckeye
Junonia coenia
Nymphalidae
 
Hedgerow hairstreak
Satyrium saepium
Lycaenidae


       
   
Purple nightshade
Solanum xanti
Solanaceae
   
    Dandelion *
Taraxacum officinale
Asteraceae


   
California ringlet
Coenonympha californica
Nymphalidae

 
 
Bush monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus
Phrymaceae


   
Bush lupine
Lupinus longifolius
Fabaceae


 
Bur-chervil *
Anthriscus caucalis
Apiaceae


 
 
Creeping snowberry
Symphoricarpos mollis
Caprifoliaceae

 
 
Smooth scouring rush ?
Equisetum laevigatum
Equisetaceae
Big red skimmer
Libellula saturata
Libellulidae
Caterpillar phacelia
Phacelia cicutaria var. hispida
Boraginaceae
Umber skipper
Poanes melane
Hesperiidae