Plant Guide to Green Route Trail, Crystal Cove State Park

Miles#id?Common NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00   Trailhead for "no dogs" route, 0.20 miles east of visitor center; elevation 180 feet (55 m)
0.00l1 lemonade berryRhus integrifolia50 / 5012
0.00r ssp(four-wing saltbush, Atriplex canescens ssp. canescens)
0.00r  (blue elderberry, Sambucus mexicana)
0.00l2 telegraph weedHeterotheca grandiflora30 / 3037
0.00b3 *shortpod mustardHirschfeldia incana99 / 9951
0.00 4 *Russian thistleSalsola tragus50 / 5025
0.00l5 *spotted spurgeChamaesyce maculata3 / 33
0.00   Open gate across road
0.00r6 *tocaloteCentaurea melitensis99 / 9945
0.00b7 coyote bushBaccharis pilularis50 / 5025
0.00l  Sign: "Authorized vehicles only"
0.00l8 *black mustardBrassica nigra99 / 995
0.01r  Kiosk with four panels: "Artichoke Thistle; Rodents and Raptors; Undercover Birds; Snakes of Scrubland
0.01r  Sign: "Rules of the Road ...."
0.01r  Signpost "1" at conglomerate rock boulder
0.01r9 stinking gourdCucurbita foetidissima10 / 109
0.01l10 coastal goldenbushIsocoma menziesii var. vernonioides50 / 505
0.01l  (California sagebrush, Artemisia californica)
0.01r  Sign: "No Name Ridge Trail. West Cut Across 1.3 miles; Park Boundary 2.2 miles; Deer Canyon Campground 3.0 miles"
0.01   Sign: "Rattlesnake Danger; Mountain Lion Danger" (gone 12/14/05)
0.01r11 *ripgut bromeBromus diandrus20 / 2052
0.01l12 cockleburXanthium strumarium30 / 3017
0.02l  (artichoke thistle, Cynara cardunculus)
0.08l13 *artichoke thistleCynara cardunculus40 / 404
0.09l14 California sagebrushArtemisia californica50 / 5047
0.09l15 *curly dockRumex crispus10 / 1023
0.10l16sspsouthern California morning-gloryCalystegia macrostegia5 / 5 
0.10 17 short-leaved cliff-asterMalacothrix saxatilis var. tenuifolia99 / 9912
0.11l18 California brickellbushBrickellia californica20 / 2028
0.11l19 California enceliaEncelia californica30 / 3012
0.11l20 California buckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum50 / 5051
0.13l21 black sageSalvia mellifera40 / 4040
0.15l22spneedlegrassNassella sp40 / 40 
0.15r23?unk dead ann with a habit like Gutierrezia5050
0.15r24?unk dead ann like golden eardrops11
0.17l25 coast prickly-pearOpuntia littoralis5 / 57
0.17l26 *scarlet pimpernelAnagallis arvensis20 / 2034
0.17l27 San Diego wreathplantStephanomeria diegensis99 / 9924
0.17l28~*red bromeBromus madritensis ssp. rubens20 / 2054
0.18r29 wild-cucumberMarah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus1 / 145
0.18r30 blue elderberrySambucus mexicana15 / 1548
0.21r31 toyonHeteromeles arbutifolia / 44
0.22r32spnightshadeSolanum sp. /  
0.22r33 climbing milkweedSarcostemma cynanchoides ssp. hartwegii5 / 55
0.29   Cross drainage and curve right
0.29l  Signpost "2" at layered rock
0.31   Switchback left.
0.37l34 *soft chessBromus hordeaceus20 / 2040
0.44   Cross a very small drainage and curve right
0.44l35 chaparral bush mallowMalacothamnus fasciculatus40 / 4014
0.44   Signpost "3"
0.45l36 deerweedLotus scoparius var. scoparius30 / 3029
0.45l37 woolly Indian paintbrushCastilleja foliolosa2 / 25
0.47   Road curves left
0.47l38 narrowleaf bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. angustifolium20 / 2050
0.56l39 horseweedConyza canadensis50 / 5042
0.57l40spMariposa lilyCalochortus sp.3 / 3 
0.57l41 lanceleaf dudleyaDudleya lanceolata10 / 1021
0.61   Road curves left
0.61 42 bush monkeyflowerMimulus aurantiacus30 / 3042
0.61l43 California everlastingGnaphalium californicum10 / 1043
0.62l44 bicolored everlastingGnaphalium bicolor2 / 231
0.63l45spbaby annual clover2020
0.65r46~*Italian rye-grassLolium multiflorum10 / 1019
0.66l47 *common cudweedGnaphalium luteo-album10 / 1018
0.66l48 *little horseweedConyza bonariensis2 / 219
0.66l49 dove weedEremocarpus setigerus10 / 1026
0.66l50 mule fatBaccharis salicifolia5 / 539
0.66l51~California-asterLessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia+ / 52
0.69r  Y-jct. with shortcut road to Poles Road; stay left
0.70l52sspGreat Valley gumweedGrindelia camporum10 / 10 
0.70l53~goldenstarBloomeria crocea10 / 1013
0.72r54~sacred daturaDatura wrightii+10 / 1018
0.73l55 *prickly sow thistleSonchus asper ssp. asper5 / 531
0.74l56 *prickly lettuceLactuca serriola5 / 542
0.76r  white nightshadeSolanum douglasii50 / 5016
0.76r  Jct. Poles Road; go right on it
0.78l57 *horehoundMarrubium vulgare10 / 1033
0.78r  (fragrant everlasting, Gnaphalium canescens ssp. beneolens)
0.80l  Jct. Road; stay right; highest elevation on route, 545 feet (165 m)
0.80 58 western vervainVerbena lasiostachys var. scabrida / 3
0.82r  Jct. shortcut road, the other end of road at mile 0.69
0.84r59 laurel sumacMalosma laurina2 / 242
0.86r  Jct. use trail
0.90l60 *tree tobaccoNicotiana glauca3 / 319
1.15l ~(~nettle-leaved goosefoot, ~Chenopodium murale)
1.15b  Jct. El Moro Canyon Road / Trail; go right on it. You are now near the creek, but will diverge from it for a distance
1.15l  (poison hemlock, Conium maculatum)
1.19l61 *sow thistleSonchus oleraceus10 / 1042
1.19l62 *poison hemlockConium maculatum99 / 995
1.21l63~*nettle-leaved goosefootChenopodium murale20 / 204
1.21l64 seaside heliotropeHeliotropium curassavicum20 / 2010
1.21l65 *bristly ox-tonguePicris echioides2 / 212
1.22l  Jct. Road; continue forward
1.22r66 *milk thistleSilybum marianum20 / 2010
1.23 67~*foxtail barleyHordeum murinum ssp. leporinum / 14
1.24l68 California wild roseRosa californica20 / 2011
1.32l69 western ragweedAmbrosia psilostachya / 39
1.35b70 giant wild-ryeLeymus condensatus10 / 1027
1.37   Minor local high point on road; road curves left
1.40r  (branching phacelia, Phacelia ramosissima)
1.42l71sspbranching phaceliaPhacelia ramosissima99 / 99 
1.42 72 virgin's bowerClematis ligusticifolia40 / 409
1.42r73 arroyo willowSalix lasiolepis5 / 536
1.43r74?bull or Italian thistle?
1.43r75?baby stinging nettle or bee plant
1.43 76 Cross side drainage. You are now near the creek again.
1.43l77 poison oakToxicodendron diversilobum3 / 343
1.44r78 climbing bedstrawGalium nuttallii ssp. nuttallii2 / 231
1.44r79 mugwortArtemisia douglasiana10 / 1028
1.44r80 saltgrassDistichlis spicata50 / 5016
1.44 81sspCalifornia bee plantScrophularia californica /  
1.45l82 fuchsia-flowered gooseberryRibes speciosum5 / 57
1.46r83 *nit grassGastridium ventricosum10 / 1027
1.50b84 *common plantainPlantago major10 / 109
1.50b85 prairie rushScirpus maritimus10 / 101
1.50   Cross El Moro Creek for the first time
1.51b86~*celeryApium graveolens10 / 104
1.51r87 *coast goosefootChenopodium macrospermum var. halophilum3 / 31
1.51r88 *rabbits-foot grassPolypogon monspeliensis10 / 1026
1.51r89 sneezeweedHelenium puberulum5 / 51
1.52r90 black willowSalix gooddingii1 / 16
1.55r spSmall pond, probably dug out of creek for water for cattle, with these species: salt marsh fleabane, Pluchea odorata; annual tule, Scirpus cernuus; and Typha sp., possibly the T. latifolia on the CCSP Plant List
1.61l91 stinging nettleUrtica dioica ssp. holosericea1 / 19
1.62   Small patch of California wild rose
1.66r92~California goosefootChenopodium californicum1 / 14
1.67r93~cotton-batting plantGnaphalium stramineum1 / 120
1.67r  *Italian thistleCarduus pycnocephalus+10 / 1021
1.81l94 bladderpodIsomeris arborea3 / 38
1.91r95 *Mexican teaChenopodium ambrosioides5 / 55
1.91r96~*white-stemmed filareeErodium moschatum5 / 521
2.02r97 *purple wild radishRaphanus sativus5 / 511
2.02r  (castor bean, Ricinus communis)
    Cross side drainage?
2.12l98 *castor beanRicinus communis2 / 215
2.12   Large patch of California wild rose
2.14 99 wild tarragonArtemisia dracunculus / 21
2.16 100 *nasturtiumTropaeolum majus / 4
2.16 101 creeping snowberrySymphoricarpos mollis / 7
2.16r102 *Kaffir PlumHarpephyllum caffrum1 / 11
2.18l  Jct. road to "B.F.I."
2.19 103 *coastal wattleAcacia cyclops1 / 11
2.21   Cross streambed; low point on route, elevation ~35 feet (10 m); road curves right 90°
2.21 104 *giant reedArundo donax+ / 8
2.21r105 *bermuda grassCynodon dactylon10 / 1033
2.21l106spcattailTypha sp. (T. latifolia?)3 / 3 
2.21r ~(water cress, Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)
2.23l  Begin mobile home park; plant guide now lists only plants on right
2.23 107 red willowSalix laevigata1 / 123
2.30r108 long-stemmed buckwheatEriogonum elongatum var. elongatum1 / 129
2.31r109 white everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum10 / 1037
2.36   End this portion of the mobile home park
2.36r110 *sourcloverMelilotus indicus1 / 125
2.37r  Signpost "14" at shale exposure
2.39r  Jct. road.
2.45l  Begin another portion of the mobile home park
2.63   Gate across end of El Moro Canyon Road / Trail; go right to parking lot
2.68l111 western sycamorePlatanus racemosa1 / 128
2.69   Parking Lot at Visitor Center
http://tchester.org/oc/plants/guides/crystal_cove/green_route.html
Updated 18 December 2005.