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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:57 pm    Post subject: Spring - Santa Clara Divide  Reply with quote

Did a quick ride up Magic Mountain (almost to the summit) this afternoon.  Spring is making a nice showing up there.


View up Pacoima Canyon - Mount Gleason background-left, Mount McKinley center, Mount Lukens background-right.
"Everything's so f***ing GREEN!!!"  (From the Brittish, and much funnier, version of 'Death at a Funeral')


Yellow Ceanothus at the cistern switchback west of Magic Mountain


Yellow Ceanothus close-up


Wallflower close-up


Paintbrush close-up


Coyote Mellon close-up; I noticed something odd when I looked at these flowers...some have 4 petals, some 5, and some 6.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like that yellow ceonothus, it grows all over Mt Baldy road too. Used to bloom in May but now seems like it's April every year.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Jeff...

I think I misidentified that one.  My mom always told us it was 'yellow ceanothus', but when I look up 'ceanothus' I get the california lilac (purple).  I'll try to find out exactly what this is and get it corrected.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "yellow ceanothus" is Spanish Broom (Spartium junceum).  It is commonly found along the side of the roads in disturbed areas and is in bloom this time of year.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "Coyote Melon" is actually Wild Cucumber (Marah macrocarpus).
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huff and Puff wrote:
The "yellow ceanothus" is Spanish Broom (Spartium junceum).  It is commonly found along the side of the roads in disturbed areas this time of year.
Spanish Broom is an invasive non-native http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/managem...umber=79&surveynumber=182.php
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup. Spanish Broom = bad deal.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike P wrote:
Yup. Spanish Broom = bad deal.


http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74147.html
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only seen white or blue/purple ceanothus. It's blooming all over the Barrett-Stoddard Road right now.


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