Plant Guide to Reef Point Trail, Crystal Cove State Park

This is a working list, about which we make no guarantees at all until we officially release it. Use at your own risk!

Introduction and Explanation of Plant Trail Guides

Introduction
Highlights of This Trail
Fieldwork Dates and Summary of List Changes With Time
The Plant Guide
Comments On Specific Species

Introduction

(Intro to be added.)

Most of the hike is shown in this beautiful photograph of Kenneth Adelman (click on the main photograph to get a 6 MB high-resolution picture). The visitors center is seen in the extreme right of the picture, at the end of the black paved road.

The trail starts at the bathroom at the near edge of the parking lot on the right of the picture, about two-thirds of the way across the photograph (mile 0.00). You can see the path heading toward the beach that curves to the left in the picture, which then steeply descends to the right at mile 0.07-0.12. The vegetation along the base of the cliff shows up well in the photograph. The road up from the beach at mile 0.43 is shown on the extreme left in the photograph immediately to the north, with the curve to the right at mile 0.49 in the next photograph. The junction at mile 0.51 between the concrete and the asphalt is shown clearly, with the path back seen just below the main highway with cars on it.

Highlights of This Trail

The botanical highlights of this trail are:

Number of Unique Taxa On This Trail

The following histogram gives the number of trails in our database that contain each taxon on this trail. We had 23 trails in our database when this histogram was made. A number of "1" means the taxon has only been found on this trail among the trails in our database.

Number of Trails Containing A TaxonNumber Of Taxa On This Trail% of Taxa On This Trail
Total Taxa100%

We found x additional species not in the above table, since it has not been identified yet.

Fieldwork Dates and Summary of List Changes With Time

The following table gives the dates the trail was walked and taxa recorded. After each visit, the table gives the total number of taxa on the list and the breakdown of the taxa without positive identification. See Explanation of Plant Trail Guides to understand the symbols below.

Visit DateVisit ## taxa# "?"# "sp"# "~"# "ssp"

The Plant Guide

Version for printing, without lines and other text on this page (4 pages)

Mile#id?Common NameLatin NameComments# trlstp listsccsp lists
0.00  Reef Point Parking Lot. Trail begins at first bathroom on the left after entering the parking lot.
0.001 western vervainVerbena lasiostachys var. scabrida 222
0.002 coyote bushBaccharis pilularis 432
0.003 saltbushAtriplex lentiformis ssp. lentiformis 12 
0.004 peninsular sycamorePlatanus racemosa var. wrightii 102
0.005 *shortpod mustardHirschfeldia incana 832
0.006 bladderpodIsomeris arborea 232
0.007 toyonHeteromeles arbutifoliaOn left of restrooms922
0.008 California buckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium 110 
0.009 California sagebrushArtemisia californica 1032
0.0010 *horehoundMarrubium vulgare 632
0.0011 coastal goldenbushIsocoma menziesii var. vernonioidesMany of the plants in 2002 satisfy the keys for ssp. menziesii, but we think this is due to the drought. They don't look the same as the ssp. menziesii at Torrey Pines.232
0.0012 California enceliaEncelia californica 132
0.01  Middle of bathroom building
 13 mule fatBaccharis salicifolia 732
 14 *castor beanRicinus communis 232
 15 lemonade berryRhus integrifolia 232
0.0216 black sageSalvia mellifera 1032
0.03  Long series of steps descending to beach
0.0417sspfourwing saltbushAtriplex canescensThe first plant here may be ssp. canescens, but we need to check the fruit. The second plant, very close by, is intermediate between canescens and linearis, with 1 mm lvs but stalked fruit.13 
0.0518?*red bromeBromus madritensis ssp. rubens 1032
0.0519?unk annual grass
0.0620 telegraph weedHeterotheca grandiflora 632
0.0621 deerweedLotus scoparius var. scoparius 512
0.07  Staircase turns left 130 degrees.
0.12  End of staircase at beach. Turn right and follow base of bluffs.
0.13  Lifeguard tower
0.1522 California saltbushAtriplex californica 222
0.1523~white everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum 942
0.1924 *European sea rocketCakile maritima 142
0.2125 sea-cliff buckwheatEriogonum parvifolium 231
0.2226 *Russian thistleSalsola tragus 432
0.2227 saltgrassDistichlis spicata 232
0.2428 woolly seabliteSuaeda taxifolia 121
0.28  The sand makes a "barking" noise when your shoes scrape across the surface!
0.3129 *crystalline ice plantMesembryanthemum crystallinum 132
0.3230 sacred daturaDatura wrightii 332
0.3331 *creeping Australian saltbushAtriplex semibaccata 532
0.3632 seaside heliotropeHeliotropium curassavicum 132
0.3833 western ragweedAmbrosia psilostachya 632
0.3834 *rabbits-foot grassPolypogon monspeliensis 522
0.4035 marsh jaumeaJaumea carnosa 13 
0.4136 coast prickly-pearOpuntia littoralis 232
0.43  Take paved road up on right.
0.4337 *tocaloteCentaurea melitensis 932
0.4438?wild oats?
0.4739 *fennelFoeniculum vulgare 232
0.4740?big saltbush?Atriplex sp.similar to A. lentiformis, but leaves are narrowly oblanceolate less than 1 cm wide. Infl is too long to be A. canescens. Need fruit to id.   
0.4941 *black mustardBrassica nigra 232
0.49  Road curves right
0.51  Road changes from concrete to asphalt; road curves back to south.
0.52  Top of bluff
0.55  Jct. road merging into this from left
0.56  (white everlasting with dead blooms from previous year)
0.5742 *crown daisyChrysanthemum coronariumlocation uncertain; plants were whacked away this trip132
0.6043 *scarlet pimpernelAnagallis arvensis 432
0.61  Field of Isocoma menziesii var. vernonioides?
0.65  Jct. road/trail on left.
0.67  Annual sunflower?dead plant from last year, 5 feet high, stems with 5 heads
0.73  Jct. road/trail on right leading to overlook, and path to left.
0.75  Jct. paved path to parking lot on left.
0.79  Jct. road/trail on right leading to overlook; path to left leads to parking lot
0.79  Small revegetation area newly planted
0.82  Smaller revegetation area newly planted with single pads of prickly pear
0.8244?Vasey's prickly pearOpuntia Xvaseyi 2  
0.85  Smaller revegetation area newly planted with single pads of prickly pear
0.86  Smaller revegetation area newly planted with single pads of prickly pear
0.89  North end of parking lot with bathroom.
0.93  End loop trail at bathroom.

# trls is the number of trails in our plant guide that contain this specific taxon. A value of "1" means that the given species is found only on this trail.

tp lists is whether a taxon is contained in the Torrey Pines Plant List of Bob Muns or the Park List. Currently, if we observe a ssp, but only a sp is on the lists, the value will be zero. This will be corrected in the future. Treat all non-zero numbers as simply meaning it is present on at least one of the two lists.

ccsp lists is whether a taxon is contained in the Crystal Cove Plant List of Bob Muns or the Park List. Currently, if we observe a ssp, but only a sp is on the lists, the value will be zero. This will be corrected in the future. Treat all non-zero numbers as simply meaning it is present on at least one of the two lists.

This list is from only two trips in a drought year, 7/23/02 and 7/26/02, and thus is very incomplete and may contain errors.

Comments On Specific Species


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Updated 16 December 2002.