April 14,
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Trail/Park Description:
This was our first hike into the newly opened Fernandez Ranch as a group. I must admit, the park had greened up nicely in just two weeks and the 'hikers' among us quickly disappeared from sight leaving the more botanically inclined behind inspecting the vegetation. Fortunately, at each trail division we caught up (having kept the trail map to ourselves). At our leisurely pace, the Oak Knoll benches made for a nice lunch spot, even in the presence of a rather cool breeze in the shade.

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Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia (Common Fidddleneck)
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN
Anthriscus caucalis (Bur Chervil)NN
Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepardís Purse)NN
Cardamine californica (Milk Maids)
Carduus pycnocephalus (Italian Thistle)NN
Cerastium glomeratum (Mouse Ear Chickweed)NN
Claytonia perfoliata (Minerís Lettuce)
Collinsia heterophylla (Chinese Houses)
Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock)NN
Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks)
Erodium botrys (Long Beaked Filaree)NN
Erodium moschatum (White Stemmed Filaree)NN
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
Galium aparine (Common Bedstraw)
Galium porrigens (Climbing Bedstraw)
Geranium dissectum (Cut Leaf Geranium)NN
Geranium molle (Doveís Foot Geranium)NN
Hypochaeris glabra (Smooth catís Ears)
Lathyrus vestitus (Hillside Pea)
Lotus wrangelianus (Yellow Lotus)
Lupinus bicolor (Miniature Lupine)
Lupinus nanus (Sky Lupine)
Marah fabaceus (Wild Cucumber)
Matricaria discoidea (Pineapple Weed)NN
Medicago polymorpha (Bur Clover)NN
Nemophila heterophylla (Canyon Nemophila)
Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes)
Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak)
Ranunculus californicus (California Buttercup)
Ranunculus muricatus (Prickle Fruited Buttercup)NN
Raphanus sativus (Wild Radish)NN
Sanicula bipinnata (Poison Sanicle)
Sanicula bipinnatifida (Purple Sanicle)
Sanicula crassicaulis (Snake Plant)
Scandix pecten-veneris (Shepardís Needle)NN
Senecio vulgaris (Common Groundsel)NN
Sinapis arvensis (Charlock)NN
Sisymbrium officinale (Hedge Mustard)NN
Smilacina stellata (False Solomon Seal)
Sonchus asper (Prickly Sow Thistle)NN
Sonchus oleraceus (Smooth Sow Thistle)NN
Stellaria media (Common Chickweed)NN
Toxicodendron diversilobum (Poison Oak)
Trifolium dubium (Shamrock Clover)NN
Trifolium subterraneum (Subterranean Clover)NN
Umbellularia californica (California Bay Tree)
Vicia sativa (Vetch)NN
Wyethia glabra (Mule Ears)

Ferns Not Photographed:
Dryopteris arguta (Wood Fern)
Pentagramma triangularis (Goldback Fern)

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