More summer botany highlights

Notes and photos by Kim D. distributed by Jocie to the Botany Group on September 3. Click a photo to enlarge it.

  1. and 2. Pacific goldenthread. A dodder, likely Cuscuta salina, which parasitizes plants in the Goosefoot family, especially pickleweed (in the genus Salicornia). You can see pickleweed poking through in the photo.
  1. Japanese butterbur, maybe Petasites japonicus. Not native but of historical interest!
  1. Paintbrush (Castilleja sp.).

The first two pictures I believe are Pacific goldenthread/salt marsh dodder. I saw it along the shore on the north side of the road at the Little River Ferry terminal in July.  First I thought it was some kind of fish netting.  When I read more about it, I learned that it loves pickleweed and it was definitely intertwined with that.  

The third picture I saw on a Cumberland Museum tour through No. 1 Japanese Settlement just last week. I was told by the leader Dawn Copeland that it is Japanese butterbur or Japanese sweet coltsfoot. It was looking a little floppy with all the dry weather.  Apparently it is only seen near where the Japanese have lived. 

The final picture I took on a sea stack at San Josef Bay. I know it is paintbrush but nothing more specific than that.  Seemed quite dwarfed and definitely connected with the rock but that is all I know.

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