March 6, 2008

Trail Description: Bothe-Napa SP is always delightful. Much of the park runs along the Ritchey Creek which is cool and shady with it's deep forest ethereal quality. We leisurely went along the Redwood Trail which Hugs the creek for about a mile. The recent rains left most everything green, except a few patches of dried ferns for some unknown reason.
Green sprouts were everywhere and a number of trees such as Buckeye, big leaf maple, hazel nut and ninebark were showing pale new leaves and/or curled buds. The the birds were singing and life is good.

Trail Location:
See the park page for directions.

Blooming Plants Not Pictured:
NN=Non Native
California Bay (Umbellularia californica)
Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) NN
Hounds Tongue (Cynoglossum grande)
Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora)
Miner’s Lettuce (Clatonia perfoliata)
Shooting Star (Dodecatheon hendersonii)
Small Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila heterophylla)
Snakeroot (Sanicula crassicaulis)
Vetch (Vicia sativa) NN

Ferns Not Pictured:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
California Polypody (Polypodium californicum)
Chain Fern (Woodwardia fimbriata)
Goldback Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum jordanii)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)









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Red Henbit (Lamium purpureum): Non native relative to mint