April 24, 2008

We were fortunate to have been invited to a wildflower hike on private property near Oat Hill in northern Napa County. About a dozen of us inspected the flora while ascending a Lupine lined road that slowly meandered through Oaks, Madrones, and Pines with occasional valley views in near perfect temperature.
At noon we enjoyed lunch at the shady local camp complete with libations from one of our members. After our idyllic respite  we leisurely headed back, with rides available to those who didn't want to walk. Wildflower hunting can be hard work sometimes. 

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Bedstraw (Gallium sp.) NN
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum)
Bush Poppy (Dendromecon rigida)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Deer Brush Ceanothus integerrimus)
Fairy Bells (Disporum hookeri)
Ground Iris (Iris macrosiphon)
Hill Lotus (Lotus humistratus)
Hillside Pea (Lathyrus vestitus)
Imbricate Phacelia (Phacelia imbricata)
Long Beaked Filaree (Erodium botrys) NN
Milkwort (Polygala californica)
Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor)
Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
Pacific Bindweed (Calystegia purpurata)
Red Larkspur (Delphinium nudicaule)
Rose Clover (Trifolium hirtum) NN
Scarlet Fritillary (Fritillaria recurva)
Shamrock (Trifolium dubium) NN
Shepard’s Needle (Scandix pecten-veneris) NN
Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus)
Snakeroot (Sanicula crassicaulis)
Spring Vetch (Vicia sativa) NN
Star Lily (Zigadenus fremontii)
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis)
White Leaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos viscida)
White Stem Filaree (Erodium moschatum) NN
Wooly Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja foliolosa)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum)

Ferns Not Photographed:
Acrid Fern (Polypodium calirhiza)
Bird’s Foot Fern (Pellaea mucronata)
Goldback Fern (Pityrogramma triangularis)










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Fawn Lily (Erythronium californicum): Mottled leaves look like a fawn’s coat.