February 28, 2013

Trail/Park Description:
Huckleberry is one of the 65 East Bay Regional Parks located in the Oakland Hills between Sibley and Redwood Regional Parks. This 241 acre preserve has a 'relic' plant population unique to only a few places in California due to it's unusual geology and location. Eastern facing slopes are protected from the sun and ample winter rains plus summer fog make for temperate lust forests in an area usually dominated by Oak Woodlands. There is an excellent self guided trail 2.7 mile trail that loops through the preserve where one can spot rare plants like Leatherwood, Pallid Manzanita and the Silk Tassel bush.

Park Location: here
Trail Map: here
Park link: here

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Cardamine californica (Milk Maids)
Cynoglossum grande (Hounds Tongue)
Myosotis latifolia (Forget Me Not)NN
Marah fabacea (California Wild Cucumber)
Solanum americanum (Small Flowered Nightshade)
Stellaria media (Common Chickweed)NN
Toxicoscordion fremontii (Fremontís Star Lily)
Umbellularia californica (California Bay)

Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Dryopteris arguta (Wood Fern)
Pentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis (Goldback Fern)
Polypodium calirhiza (Nested Polypody Fern)
Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern)
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens (Bracken Fern)