UPPER ZUMA CANYON, SANTA MONICA MTS FEBRUARY 2009
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Photographs by Michael Charters




These pictures were taken on a 5-mile out-and-back along a section of the Backbone Trail from Encinal Road to Kanan Road in the Santa Monica Mts. I didn't expect much in the way of blooming plants, this being only the 2nd of February, but this is a beautiful area and I was eager to begin reaquainting myself with the flora of the Santa Monicas since it has been a few years since I did much there. The hills were covered with a glorious display of bigpod ceanothus in full bloom, but the best treat was the dozens and dozens of milkmaids spotting the shadier parts of the trail. Since this was not a "blooms" hike, many of the pictures that are included here are intended to show what these species look like before they begin bearing lovely flowers. As always, an asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native species.


   
Redshanks
Adenostoma sparsifolium
Rosaceae
 
California aster
Lessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia
Asteraceae
 
San Diego wreathplant
Stephanomeria diegensis
Asteraceae


 
Bigpod ceanothus
Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpus
Rhamnaceae
 



 
 
Toyon
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Rosaceae
 
 
 
 
Laurel sumac
Malosma laurina
Anacardiaceae
Canyon sunflower
Venegasia carpesioides
Asteraceae
 
 


 
Greenbark ceanothus
Ceanothus spinosus
Rhamnaceae


 
 
Maidenhair fern
Adiantum capillus-veneris
Pteridaceae
 
 
Short-leaved cliff aster
Malacothrix saxatilis var. tenuifolia
Asteraceae
Hollyleaf redberry
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Rhamnaceae
Slender cinquefoil
Potentilla glandulosa ssp. glandulosa
Rosaceae
Purple nightshade
Solanum xanti
Solanaceae


 
Milkmaids
Cardamine californica var. californica
Brassicaceae


   
Bush mallow
Malacothamnus fasciculatus
Malvaceae
 
Coastal woodfern
Dryopteris arguta
Dryopteridaceae


 
Wild peony
Paeonia californica
Paeoniaceae