Plant Guide to San Elijo Lagoon Trails From Rios Ave. Entrance, Solana Beach

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

Highlights of This Trail

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 52 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 Taxon
Number Of Taxa
On This Trail
% of Taxa
On This Trail
12320%
298%
354%
443%
533%
654%
787%
865%
965%
1054%
1111%
1233%
1322%
1454%
1543%
1600%
1722%
1822%
1922%
2000%
2133%
2222%
2300%
2422%
2543%
2633%
2733%
2822%
2900%
3011%
Total Taxa115100%

We found 8 additional species not in the above table, since they have not been identified yet. The unidentified ones are marked with ? or sp in the id? column in the guide.

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

Miles#id?Common NameLatin Name#here#all
    Begin guide at north end of Rios Avenue, turn right along path into Lagoon. The initial part of this path was a severely disturbed area which had been taken over by arundo, castor bean, and other invasive plants. Those plants were removed in ?? which should help allow native plants to gradually reclaim this area.
 1r *crown daisyChrysanthemum coronarium / 3
 2  *Oriental mustardSisymbrium orientale / 7
 3  *purple wild radishRaphanus sativus / 6
 4  *cheeseweedMalva parviflora / 9
 5  *foxtail barleyHordeum murinum ssp. leporinum / 15
 6r *nasturtiumTropaeolum majus / 4
 7l red willowSalix laevigata / 11
 8r~western choke-cherryPrunus virginiana var. demissa / 3
 9  *ripgut bromeBromus diandrus / 25
 10  *rescue grassBromus catharticus / 1
 11 ?curly dock?
 12r *castor beanRicinus communis / 10
 13r *sow thistleSonchus oleraceus / 18
 14rspcat-tailTypha sp. /  
 15  arroyo willowSalix lasiolepis / 21
 16r Fremont cottonwoodPopulus fremontii ssp. fremontii / 8
    End severely disturbed area.
    Sign: "3 Lemonade berry".
 17r lemonade berryRhus integrifolia / 9
 18r *poison hemlockConium maculatum / 4
 19r *campground shrubMyoporum laetum / 1
 20r giant wild ryeLeymus condensatus / 19
 21r~horseweedConyza canadensis / 15
 22r fiesta flowerPholistoma auritum var. auritum / 7
 23r common bedstrawGalium aparine / 15
 24  wild-cucumberMarah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus / 24
 25r western stinging nettleHesperocnide tenella / 1
 26r small-flowered melicaMelica imperfecta / 22
 27r San Diego fiesta flowerPholistoma racemosum / 3
 28  common fiddleneckAmsinckia menziesii var. intermedia / 6
 29l *golden wattleAcacia longifolia / 2
    Sign: "4 California buckwheat, Eriogonum fasciculatum"
 30  California buckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum / 30
 31 spminer's lettuceClaytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata / 6
 32r fragrant everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. beneolens / 1
 33rsp*rattail fescueVulpia myuros / 5
 34r California polypodyPolypodium californicum / 8
 35  California bee plantScrophularia californica ssp. floribunda / 6
 36  sacred daturaDatura wrightii / 10
 37r San Diego sagewortArtemisia palmeri / 2
 38r California sagebrushArtemisia californica / 27
 39r~virgin's bowerClematis pauciflora / 6
    Sign: "7 Laurel sumac"
 40  laurel sumacMalosma laurina / 21
 41r wild tarragonArtemisia dracunculus / 14
 42r~California pellitoryParietaria hespera var. californica / 2
    Sign: "8 San Diego Sagewort"(?) at an Artemisia californica
 43  coyote bushBaccharis pilularis / 17
 44  *smooth cat's earHypochaeris glabra / 14
 45  toyonHeteromeles arbutifolia / 28
 46r cream cupsPlatystemon californicus / 1
 47r canyon clarkiaClarkia epilobioides / 2
 48r *scarlet pimpernelAnagallis arvensis / 10
  r Liverworts
 49r redberryRhamnus crocea / 8
 50r collar lupineLupinus truncatus / 12
 51r eucryptaEucrypta chrysanthemifolia var. chrysanthemifolia / 9
  r (bladderpod, Isomeris arborea)
  r (sea dahlia, Coreopsis maritima)
 52  *tocaloteCentaurea melitensis / 26
 53  black sageSalvia mellifera / 25
 54l deerweedLotus scoparius var. scoparius / 15
    Jct. Trail on left; keep going straight.
 55 ~California dodderCuscuta californica var. californica / 9
 56 ~*shortpod mustardHirschfeldia incana / 28
 57  coastal goldenbushIsocoma menziesii var. vernonioides / 13
 58  bush monkeyflowerMimulus aurantiacus / 25
 59  foothill needlegrassNassella lepida / 10
 60  California everlastingGnaphalium californicum / 18
 61  *red bromeBromus madritensis ssp. rubens / 26
 62r Pacific sanicleSanicula crassicaulis / 7
 63  California enceliaEncelia californica / 10
 64r? Cryptantha sp. /  
 65l coast prickly-pearOpuntia littoralis / 7
 66  narrowleaf bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. angustifolium / 26
 67  *soft chessBromus hordeaceus / 17
 68l~lavender woolly-starEriastrum filifolium / 1
 69r~rattlesnake weedDaucus pusillus / 7
 70r~*narrowleaf filagoFilago gallica / 21
 71r California-asterLessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia / 27
  l Somewhere around here there is a sign: "Galium aparine" at the location of a Galium angustifolium!
 72 ? Stephanomeria sp.? /  
 73l common phaceliaPhacelia distans / 5
 74r Chinese housesCollinsia heterophylla / 8
 75r~southern suncupCamissonia bistorta / 5
 76r California poppyEschscholzia californica / 14
 77  long-stemmed buckwheatEriogonum elongatum var. elongatum / 12
 78r *windmill pinkSilene gallica / 14
 79r sea dahliaCoreopsis maritima / 1
 80r~purple snapdragonAntirrhinum nuttallianum ssp. nuttallianum / 2
 81  golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum / 24
 82l *crystalline ice plantMesembryanthemum crystallinum / 2
 83r white fiesta flowerPholistoma membranaceum / 2
 84  blue elderberrySambucus mexicana / 25
 85  bicolored everlastingGnaphalium bicolor / 14
 86  threadstemPterostegia drymarioides / 9
 87 sp*common cudweedGnaphalium luteo-album / 3
 88rspcotton-batting plantGnaphalium stramineum / 2
 89  *redstem filareeErodium cicutarium / 27
 90l~*dwarf nettleUrtica urens / 1
 91 ~*common chickweedStellaria media / 13
 92r *Crete weedHedypnois cretica / 7
  r Sign closing trail on right: "Area beyond this sign closed"; continue straight ahead.
 93r *hedge mustardSisymbrium officinale / 8
    Guide interrupted here; it resumes on the lagoon trail at a point directly north of this location, heading west, back to car.
 94r *sickle grassParapholis incurva / 1
 95r saltgrassDistichlis spicata / 8
 96r Parish's pickleweedSalicornia subterminalis / 1
 97r pickleweedSalicornia virginica / 1
 98r alkali weedCressa truxillensis / 1
 99r *Italian rye-grassLolium multiflorum / 4
 100r alkali heathFrankenia salina / 1
 101r marsh jaumeaJaumea carnosa / 2
 102r *California burcloverMedicago polymorpha / 22
 103r western ragweedAmbrosia psilostachya / 19
 104  *sourcloverMelilotus indica / 7
 105rsspsaltmarsh dodderCuscuta salina / 1
 106l *asparagusAsparagus officinalis ssp. officinalis / 1
 107r *brass-buttonsCotula coronopifolia / 3
 108r spiny rushJuncus acutus ssp. leopoldii / 1
 109r *rabbits-foot grassPolypogon monspeliensis / 7
 110r~California tuleScirpus californicus / 1
 111r?unk annualAtriplex triangularis? /  
 112l~slender tarweedHemizonia fasciculata / 9
 113r *New Zealand spinachTetragonia tetragonioides / 1
 114r~*four-leaf polycarpPolycarpon tetraphyllum / 4
    Sign: "Opuntia littoralis"
 115lsp Opuntia sp. with 1-4 spines /  
 116l?unk grassEhrharta calycina? /  
    Jct. with original trail; turn right and return to car.
    Selected plants along trail to west of Rios Avenue.
 117l?prostrate myoporum?Myoporum parvifolium? /  
 118r big saltbushAtriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri / 1
    Take path to right into Lagoon.
 119r dwarf lupineLupinus bicolor / 12
 120r shoregrassMonanthochloe littoralis / 1
 121r *slender-leaved ice plantMesembryanthemum nodiflorum / 1
 122l~slender pickleweedSalicornia europaea 1
 123r *broad-leaved pepper-grassLepidium latifolium / 1
    End trail; return to car.

Comments On Specific Species


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