February 28, 2008

Trail: This was the first outing to Rockville for the year, and the weather and flowers couldn't have been more cooperative. Most of us quickly shed clothing as the sun rose higher in sky. We were fortunate to have Mr. Tilley himself guide us on this trail which takes a leisurely clockwise loop on the lower Eastern slope of the park. While there were a lot of buds, there were also plenty of flowers to be seen. Plus the foot high grasses lent an almost tropical lushness to the hike. An hour and a number of twists and turns later, we were rewarded with a small but gorgeous patch of  Fritillaria in full bloom. 

Trail Location: here (very large file)

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN= Non Native

Broadleaf Filaree (Erodium botrys) NN
California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus)
Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) NN
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Grey Cudweed (Gnaphalium canescens beneolens)
Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) NN
Hillside Pea (Lathyrus vestitus)
Johnny Jump Up (Viola pedunculata)
Milk Maids (Cardamine californica)
Snake Root (Sanicula crassicaulis)
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium) NN
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus latifolius) NN
Vetch (Vicia sativa) NN
Weedy Cudweed (Gnaphalium luteo-album)

Ferns Not Photographed:
California Polypody (Polypodium californicum)
Gold Back Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum jordanii)








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Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) Non native from Europe.