USA - Pacific States forum: Santa Monica Mountains, California - Signs of Spring - October 2011

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ImageKelli
Nov 2, 2011 3:30 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
We had some rain a couple weeks ago and the grass is starting to grow again.
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black sage is getting new leaves
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sticky monkeyflower is starting to perk up
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aster is one of the few things blooming this time of year
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purple sage and smilo grass
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the Nicholas Flat pond
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another day

vinegar weed
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milkweed fluff
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milkweed bug on thistle
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I call this area Malibu wine country
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Manzanita bloom early, like in January. These are flower buds.
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scrub oak acorns
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wild rose hips
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the Rocky Oaks pond
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mistletoe on scrub oak
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tropicbreeze
Nov 6, 2011 5:12 AM CST
I only took an interest in our mistletoes relatively recently. They're fascinating plants. The flowers are great too.Ours should be flowering soon so this has been a reminder to keep my eyes open. Do you know which genus yours belong to?
ImageKelli
Nov 6, 2011 9:05 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
The oak tree mistletoe is Phoradendron villosum. We also have sycamore mistletoe, which is Phoradendron tomentosum. Out in the desert they have mesquite mistletoe and that is Phoradendron californicum.
tropicbreeze
Nov 6, 2011 2:17 PM CST
Most of our local ones are Amyema (10), and also Decaisnina (3), Dendrophthoe (2), Diplatia (1) and Lysiana (1). A lot of them being high up in trees makes it a bit difficult.

Of those I've IDed Decaisnina signata is my favourite.
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ImageKelli
Nov 6, 2011 3:23 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
That is wild! Ours are a lot more plain and a lot more like the traditional Christmas mistletoe of Europe.
tropicbreeze
Nov 7, 2011 9:53 PM CST
There's some really neat ones around. I should do an article on them in my garden/jungle cubit. Now, just to find the time Hilarious!

A lot of mistletoes specialise in the plants they parasitise. We have some that only parasitise other mstletoes. Do you get that as well?
ImageKelli
Nov 8, 2011 9:40 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Our mistletoes are specialists (one for oaks, one for sycamores), but I've never heard of a mistletoe that parasitizes other mistletoes. Weird! That would be a good article to do at Christmas time.

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