March 24, 2016


Hike/Park Description:
Aetna Springs is one of those places mostly of interest to botanists, and then only during the spring. The drive there is nice and the uninspiring gravel road past the Aetna Springs Golf Course does have some views and solitude. Missimer on the other hand is set in a volcanic river plain along Snell Valley Road that winds along Butts Creek through pretty oak woodlands, and is full of flowers... at least this time of year. .

See our Park page for more information. 

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN= Non Native

Arceuthobium occidentale (Foothill Dwarf Mistletoe)
Arctostaphylos viscida (White Leaf Manzanita)
Calandrinia ciliata (Red Maids)
Castilleja applegatei ssp. martini (Martin’s Paintbrush)
Castilleja attenuata (Valley Tassels)
Castilleja densiflora (Purple Owls’ Clover)
Castilleja foliosa (Wooly Indian paintbrush)
Chamomilla suaveolens (Pineapple Weed) NN
Collinsia sparsiflora (Blue Eyed Mary)
Crassula connata (Pigmy Weed)
Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks)
Epilobium minutum (Little Willowherb)
Erodium brachycarpum (Short Fruited Filaree)NN
Erodium cicutarium (Red Stemmed Filaree) NN
Fritillaria recurva (Scarlet Fritillary)
Iris macrosiphon (Bowl Tube Iris)
Layia chrysanthemoides (Smooth Tidy Tips)
Lepidium nitidum (Peppergrass)
Limnanthes douglasii (Douglas Meadowfoam)
Lithophragma heterophyllum (Hillside Star)
Lomatium marginatum (Yellow Hartweg Lomatium)
Lomatium utriculatum (Foothill Lomatium)
Lupinus bicolor (Miniature Lupine)
Medicago polymorpha (Bur Clover) NN
Nemophila heterophylla (Canyon Nemophila)
Pedicularis densiflora (Indian Warrior)
Plagiobothrys fulvus (Fulvous Popcorn Flower)
Platystemon californicus (Cram Cups)
Ranunculus occidentalis (Western Buttercup)
Raphanus sativus (Wild Radish) NN
Sanicula bipinnatifida (Purple Sanicle)
Senecio vulgaris (Common Groundsel) NN
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue Eyed Grass)
Thysanocarpus curvipes (Fringe Pod)
Trifolium depauperatum (Balloon Clover)
Triphysaria eriantha ssp. eriantha (Butter & Eggs)
Triphysaria versicolor ssp. faucibarbata (Yellow Owl’s Clover)
Vicia sativa (Vetch) NN.