PT. REYES 
ESTERO

August 7, 2008
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Trail Description:
We took Estero only  four months ago, and while the trail was still somewhat lush, the wildflowers were much more abundant earlier in April. The tide was out and our eyes kept casting over the small mosaic rivulets in fascination. The bridge is also a good vantage point for bird observation. We must have spent a good 10 minutes there.

Trail Location:
see park map.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Birdís Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) NN
Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus)
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
Coast Tarplant (Madia sativa) NN
Coastal Aster (Symphyotrichum chilense)
Coastal Oxalis (Oxalis albicans ssp. pilosa)Coastal willowherb (Epilobium ciliatum)
Common Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) NN
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)
Dodder (Cuscuta salina var. major)
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) NN
Gumplant (Grindelia stricta)
Hedge Nettle (Stachys ajugoides var. rigida)
Marsh Rosemary (Limonium californicum)
Narrow Leafed Flax (Linum bienne) NN
Ox-Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) NN
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) NN
Pickleweed ( Salicornia virginica)
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) NN
Prickly Sow Thistle (Sonchus asper) NN
Purple Sand Spurrey (Spergularia rubra)
Rough Catís Ear (Hypochaeris radicata) NN
Scented Silver Cudweed (Gnaphalium canescens ssp. beneolens)
Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) NN
Silverleaf Cudweed (Gnaphalium purpureum)
Skunkweed (Navarretia squarrosa)
Sneeze Weed (Helenium puberulum)
Spear Scale Orache (Atriplex triangularis)
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus latifolius) NN
Sticky Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
White Clover (Trifolium repens) NN
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)


Fern and Allies Not Photographed:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus): This native berry is poisonous to humans but an important food source for Quail.