September 24,  2009

Trail Description: It's been almost two years since our last visit, yet it seems more like last month as it's uniqueness is memorable. A pasture walk, followed by a picturesque little pond. Then a new boardwalk over a marshy area with views of a lagoon followed by a footbridge and finally the ocean. While most areas we've visited recently have been florally challenged, Abbots in contrast showed an amazing variety of flowers, especially on the dunes.

Trail Location: here. 1/3 down from top of park on left.
Park Page:

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:

NN=Non Native
Abronia latifolia (Yellow Sand Verbena)
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN
Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting)
Baccharis pilularis var. pilularis (Prostrate Coyote Bush)
Cakile maritima (Sea Rocket)NN
Camissonia cheiranthifolia (Beach Sun Cups)
Campanula californica (Marsh Harebell)
Carpobrotus chilensis (Ice Plant)NN
Cirsium vulgare (Bull Thistle)NN
Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock)NN
Cotula coroponifolia (Brass Buttons)NN
Eriogonum latifolium (Coast Buckwheat)
Eschscholzia californica California Poppy)
Frankenia salina (Alkali Heath)
Gnaphalium luteo-album (Weedy Cudweed) NN
Heracleum maximum (Cow Parsnip)
Hirschfeldia incana (summer Mustard)NN
Hypochaeris radicata (Rough Catís Ears) NN
Jaumea carnosa (Jaumea)
Madia sativa (Tarweed)
Mimulus guttatus (Seep Monkey Flower)
Mimulus moschatus (Musk Monkey Flower)
Navarretia squarrosa (Skunkweed)
Polygonum sp. (Smartweed)
Potentilla anserina ssp. pacifica (Cinquefoil)
Solanum americanum (Small Flowered Nightshade)
Sonchus asper (Prickly Sow Thistle)NN
Sonchus oleraceus (Smooth Sow Thistle)NN
Stachys chamissonis (Giant Hedge Nettle)
Symphyotrichum chilense (Aster)
Typha latifolia (Broad Leaf Cattail)

Ferns Not Photographed:
Dryopteris arguta (Coastal Wood Fern)
Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern)
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens (Bracken Fern)