Plant Guide to Punta Mesa Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau

Miles#id?Common NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00   Begin trail at jct. with Adobe Loop Trail; elevation 1800 feet (550 m)
0.00b1 holly-leaf navarretiaNavarretia atractyloides99 / 99
0.00l2 *Crete weedHedypnois cretica99 / 520
0.00l3 *short-fruited filareeErodium brachycarpum99 / 914
0.00l4 *redstem filareeErodium cicutarium / 57
0.00l5 *windmill pinkSilene gallica / 33
0.00l6 San Diego birdsfoot lotusLotus hamatus / 24
0.00l7 rattlesnake weedDaucus pusillus99 / 930
0.00b8 *tiny bedstrawGalium murale / 2
0.00l9 *smooth cat's earHypochaeris glabra / 35
0.00l10 dwarf lupineLupinus bicolor / 29
0.00l11 narrowleaf bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. angustifolium20 / 950
0.00r12 black sageSalvia mellifera20 / 940
0.00b13 miner's lettuceClaytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata / 22
0.00r14 *common chickweedStellaria media / 25
0.00l  Sign: "Adobe Loop / Punta Mesa Trail"
0.00b15 California sagebrushArtemisia californica99 / 947
0.00r16 San Diego peaLathyrus vestitus var. alefeldii2 / 221
0.00b17 *soft chessBromus hordeaceus20 / 340
0.00b18 saw-toothed goldenbushHazardia squarrosa var. grindelioides5 / 535
0.00r19 southern Indian pinkSilene laciniata ssp. major10 / 120
0.00r20 chamiseAdenostoma fasciculatum50 / 937
0.00r21 coast live oakQuercus agrifolia var. agrifolia20 / 942
0.00b22 bush monkeyflowerMimulus aurantiacus20 / 942
0.00r23 white everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum10 / 537
0.00r24 silver puffsUropappus lindleyi10 / 126
0.00r25 *shortpod mustardHirschfeldia incana30 / 351
0.00r26 southern honeysuckleLonicera subspicata var. denudata30 / 940
0.00r27 deerweedLotus scoparius var. scoparius30 / 929
0.00r28 golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum20 / 956
0.00l29 *rattail fescueVulpia myuros var. myuros / 20
0.00l30 purple clarkiaClarkia purpurea ssp. quadrivulnera30 / 326
0.00r31 *hedge parsleyTorilis nodosa99 / 914
0.00r32 Pacific sanicleSanicula crassicaulis20 / 920
0.00r33 California everlastingGnaphalium californicum50 / 943
0.00l34 leafy daisyErigeron foliosus var. foliosus20 / 944
0.00l35 *red bromeBromus madritensis ssp. rubens / 55
0.00l  (canchalagua, Centaurium venustum)
0.00r  Bench with back, built by Daniel Pavoni and Murrieta Boy Scout Troop 304
0.00b36 *nit grassGastridium ventricosum99 / 927
0.00b37 Pomona locoweedAstragalus pomonensis5 / 311
0.00r38 coast-range melicMelica imperfecta30 / 943
0.00l39 California buckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum10 / 551
0.00r40 *Australian brass-buttonsCotula australis10 / 117
0.00r41 *scarlet pimpernelAnagallis arvensis50 / 934
0.00r42 *narrowleaf filagoFilago gallica50 / 945
0.00l  (bicolored everlasting, Gnaphalium bicolor)
0.00r43 basketbushRhus trilobata1 / 125
0.00r44 wild-cucumberMarah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus10 / 945
0.00r45 checkerbloomSidalcea malviflora ssp. sparsifolia / 25
0.00r46 Torrey's scrub oakQuercus acutidens5 / 326
0.00l47 rusty-haired popcorn flowerPlagiobothrys nothofulvus10 / 213
0.00l48 pygmy-weedCrassula connata / 27
0.00r49 climbing bedstrawGalium nuttallii ssp. nuttallii3 / 331
0.00r50 Rainbow manzanitaArctostaphylos rainbowensis4 / 32
0.00b51 canchalaguaCentaurium venustum99 / 915
0.00r52spcanyon clarkia?Clarkia epilobioides?2 / 1 
0.00   Gate
0.01r53 heartleaf penstemonKeckiella cordifolia30 / 928
0.01c54 *pineapple weedChamomilla suaveolens1 / 119
0.01r55 *mouse-ear chickweedCerastium glomeratum / 19
0.01l56 bicolored everlastingGnaphalium bicolor2 / 132
0.01r57 white-flowering currantRibes indecorum3 / 324
0.01r58 popcorn flowerCryptantha intermedia / 27
0.01r59 bristly bird's beakCordylanthus rigidus ssp. setigerus30 / 928
0.01r60 blue dicksDichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum / 46
0.02l61 threadstemPterostegia drymarioides / 31
0.02l  Trail is now lined with fringed spineflower, Chorizanthe fimbriata
0.02l62 fringed spineflowerChorizanthe fimbriata var. fimbriata99 / 98
0.02l63 combseedPectocarya penicillata / 4
0.02c64 angel's giliaGilia angelensis1 / 113
0.02b65 collar lupineLupinus truncatus / 24
0.02b66 goldback fernPentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis30 / 324
0.03   Trail is now additionally lined with hooked skunkweed, Navarretia hamata, as well as lesser numbers of canchalagua, Centaurium venustum:
0.03l67 hooked skunkweedNavarretia hamata ssp. hamata99 / 911
0.03r68 coyote bushBaccharis pilularis2 / 225
0.04r  Second occurrence of Rainbow manzanita, Arctostaphylos rainbowensis.
0.05   Trail is now on Bedford Canyon Formation, which has many exposures along nearly the entire trail.
0.05l69 chaparral yuccaYucca whipplei2 / 231
0.06b70 *tocaloteCentaurea melitensis99 / 945
0.06l71 mission manzanitaXylococcus bicolor1 / 114
0.07l72 *goldentopLamarckia aurea / 22
0.07l73 fragrant everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. beneolens2 / 225
0.07l74 horseweedConyza canadensis20 / 942
0.07l75 *prickly lettuceLactuca serriola50 / 942
0.09r76 laurel sumacMalosma laurina5 / 542
0.10r77 *Bermuda grassCynodon dactylon10 / 934
0.11r78~Vasey's prickly-pearOpuntia vaseyi4 / 424
0.12r  Arborescent form of Tucker's scrub oak, Q. acutidens
0.13l79 slender tarweedHemizonia fasciculata50 / 918
0.13r80 sapphire woolly-starEriastrum sapphirinum20 / 37
0.13r81 *common cudweedGnaphalium luteo-album10 / 218
0.14b82 hoaryleaf ceanothusCeanothus crassifolius40 / 912
0.15c83 *Mediterranean schismusSchismus barbatus / 24
0.17l  (wild canterbury bells, Phacelia minor)
0.17r84 San Diego wreathplantStephanomeria diegensis20 / 724
0.20l85 yellow mariposa lilyCalochortus weedii var. weedii3 / 112
0.21l86 *sow thistleSonchus oleraceus10 / 942
0.21l87 toyonHeteromeles arbutifolia5 / 544
0.23l88 Jepson's blue wildryeElymus glaucus ssp. jepsonii50 / 912
0.23b89 cotton-batting plantGnaphalium stramineum / 20
0.23r  Fencepost
0.25l  Opening in chaparral, formerly with large "X" for aerial photographs.
0.25b90 sharp-toothed sanicleSanicula arguta / 16
0.25l91 graceful tarplantHolocarpha virgata ssp. elongata40 / 915
0.25b92 Spanish cloverLotus purshianus var. purshianus10 / 331
0.25l93~tree cloverTrifolium ciliolatum / 12
0.25l94 balloon cloverTrifolium depauperatum var. truncatum / 7
0.25l95~splendid mariposa lilyCalochortus splendens+ / 20
0.25r96 purple needlegrassNassella pulchra / 20
0.25l97 red maidsCalandrinia ciliata / 17
0.25b98 Indian milkweedAsclepias eriocarpa / 18
0.25l99 short-winged deerweedLotus scoparius var. brevialatus10 / 224
0.28l100 vinegar weedTrichostema lanceolatum20 / 915
0.29   Best view of 8 million year old river valley filled by Santa Rosa Basalt, at 2 o'clock.
0.33r101 Engelmann oakQuercus engelmannii2 / 223
0.33l102 white sageSalvia apiana10 / 938
0.34   Long switchback right.
0.39l103 *little horseweedConyza bonariensis4 / 420
0.39r104 chaparral bush mallowMalacothamnus fasciculatus5 / 314
0.40   Trail curves slightly left
0.41l105 three spotOsmadenia tenella20 / 115
0.41l106 *slender wild oatsAvena barbata / 40
0.41r107 soap plantChlorogalum pomeridianum var. pomeridianum10 / 919
0.41r108 purple snapdragonAntirrhinum nuttallianum ssp. nuttallianum / 19
0.42r109 slim vetchVicia ludoviciana var. ludoviciana / 9
0.45l110 California-asterLessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia20 / 952
0.45r111 bird's-foot fernPellaea mucronata var. mucronata1 / 130
0.46r  (wood rat's nest)
0.48   Long switchback left.
0.48r  (blue elderberry, Sambucus mexicana)
0.50r  Jct. use trail
0.50b112 *ripgut bromeBromus diandrus / 53
0.50r113 San Diego mountain mahoganyCercocarpus minutiflorus1 / 112
0.50l114 sticky false-giliaAllophyllum glutinosum10 / 18
0.52r  (California dodder, Cuscuta californica var. californica; silky lotus, Lotus heermannii var. heermannii)
0.52r  (Check for black willow, Salix gooddingii)
0.53l115 *horehoundMarrubium vulgare50 / 933
0.53l116 poison oakToxicodendron diversilobum10 / 343
0.53r117 western sycamorePlatanus racemosa1 / 128
0.57r  (California wood fern, Dryopteris arguta)
0.57r  splendid mariposa lilyCalochortus splendens+ /  
0.58r118 hollyleaf redberryRhamnus ilicifolia / 43
0.58l119 autumn willowweedEpilobium brachycarpum1 / 15
0.60r  Third occurrence of Rainbow manzanita, Arctostaphylos rainbowensis, whacked on 2/26/06
0.60l120 California thistleCirsium occidentale var. californicum20 / 511
0.60l  (Parish's purple nightshade, Solanum parishii)
0.60l  Beautiful set of weathered Bedford Canyon Formation boulders
0.62l121 California oxalisOxalis albicans ssp. californica3 / 14
0.64r  Vasey's prickly-pearOpuntia vaseyi+ /  
0.64r122 slender madiaMadia gracilis / 19
0.66r123 California four o'clockMirabilis californica / 23
0.67r124 *hedge mustardSisymbrium officinale / 20
0.68b125 *cut-leaved geraniumGeranium dissectum99 / 313
0.70l126 coffee fernPellaea andromedifolia1 / 122
0.70r127 *bull thistleCirsium vulgare20 / 920
0.70l128 California bee plantScrophularia californica ssp. floribunda5 / 217
0.71r129 giant wild-ryeLeymus condensatus5 / 128
0.71l130 milk maidsCardamine californica var. californica20 / 16
0.71b131 western ragweedAmbrosia psilostachya10 / 239
0.71b132 mugwortArtemisia douglasiana20 / 128
0.71b133 *California burcloverMedicago polymorpha / 40
0.71l134 eucryptaEucrypta chrysanthemifolia var. chrysanthemifolia / 25
0.71l135 deergrassMuhlenbergia rigens3 / 221
0.72b136 *sourcloverMelilotus indicus10 / 125
0.72r137 *knotweedPolygonum arenastrum20 / 521
0.72b138 rigid hedge-nettleStachys ajugoides var. rigida10 / 115
0.72   Beginning of bridge to cross creek, a tributary of the De Luz River; low point on trail, elevation 1605 feet (490 m)
0.72b139 arroyo willowSalix lasiolepis1 / 136
0.72l140 red willowSalix laevigata1 / 123
0.72b141 *fennelFoeniculum vulgare+4 / 113
0.72r  (narrow-leaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis)
0.72b142 *Himalaya blackberryRubus discolor5 / 13
0.72r143spshort sedgeCarex sp.1 / 1 
0.72r144 *grass polyLythrum hyssopifolia10 / 115
0.72l145~leather rootHoita macrostachya1 / 12
0.72l146 *bristly ox-tonguePicris echioides3 / 112
0.72b147 *common plantainPlantago major3 / 19
0.72l148 *dallis grassPaspalum dilatatum10 / 110
0.72l149 scarlet monkeyflowerMimulus cardinalis10 / 116
0.72b150 *spearmintMentha spicata var. spicata10 / 14
0.72b151 *rabbits-foot grassPolypogon monspeliensis10 / 126
0.72l152 water cressRorippa nasturtium-aquaticum5 / 112
0.72l153 common spikerushEleocharis macrostachya1 / 112
0.72l154 sand spikerushEleocharis montevidensis2 / 17
0.72l155 *whorled dockRumex conglomeratus5 / 212
0.72l156 *green bentgrassAgrostis viridis1 / 15
0.72l157 *curly dockRumex crispus5 / 223
0.72l158 knot grassPaspalum distichum3 / 17
0.72l159 wrinkled rushJuncus rugulosus1 / 114
0.72l  (long-leaved rush, Juncus macrophyllus; Pacific rush, Juncus effusus var. pacificus)
0.72b160 sticky cinquefoilPotentilla glandulosa ssp. glandulosa3 / 217
0.72l161 clustered toad rushJuncus bufonius var. congestus1 / 19
0.72   End bridge
0.72l162 mule fatBaccharis salicifolia3 / 239
0.72l163 *winter vetchVicia villosa ssp. varia10 / 119
0.72l  (goldenrod, Solidago californica)
0.73r  Concrete slab; from former Arizona crossing?
0.73r164 cockleburXanthium strumarium1 / 117
0.73l165 nodding needlegrassNassella cernua / 17
0.73l166 California bromeBromus carinatus var. carinatus / 24
0.75l167 branching phaceliaPhacelia ramosissima var. latifolia5 / 134
0.76   Trail curves left 90°
0.78l168 stinging lupineLupinus hirsutissimus1 / 115
0.82r169 goldenrodSolidago californica10 / 135
0.83l170 *English plantainPlantago lanceolata50 / 920
0.85r171 triangular-fruit sedgeCarex triquetra / 17
0.86r172 southern miner's lettuceClaytonia perfoliata ssp. mexicana / 25
0.90r173 *Italian rye-grassLolium multiflorum / 19
0.90r174 *field hedge-parsleyTorilis arvensis50 / 26
0.92l175 grand mountain dandelionAgoseris grandiflora / 11
0.92l176~wild celeryApiastrum angustifolium10 / 113
0.92l177 common bedstrawGalium aparine10 / 139
0.95l178 purple sanicleSanicula bipinnatifida / 11
0.95l179spowl's cloverCastilleja sp. /  
0.95b180 bush lupineLupinus excubitus var. hallii10 / 510
0.95l  Housing for wildlife camera
0.99l181 coastal goldenbushIsocoma menziesii+1 / 117
1.11c182 *Mediterranean pygmy-weedCrassula tillaea20 / 17
1.12c183 common fiddleneckAmsinckia menziesii var. intermedia10 / 215
1.16r  Jct. road to Punta Mesa Research area, closed to the public, with a gate across it.
1.16r  (stinking gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima)
1.19r  (Field of rigid hedge-nettle, Stachys ajugoides var. rigida, in drainage)
1.24l184~California chicoryRafinesquia californica1 / 122
1.28l185 *yellow salsifyTragopogon dubius+1 / 113
1.28b186 Mexican rushJuncus mexicanus20 / 117
1.28r187 *oliveOlea europaea1 / 110
1.29l188 southern California morning-gloryCalystegia macrostegia ssp. arida+2 / 215
1.29r  (Some very old and very large western sycamore trees, Platanus racemosa.)
1.33l189 *Italian thistleCarduus pycnocephalus10 / 121
1.34c190 California poppyEschscholzia californica30 / 929
1.37r  (California fuchsia, Epilobium canum ssp. canum)
1.38   Cross main drainage; creek is now on your left
1.39r191 Ramona-lilacCeanothus tomentosus var. olivaceus4 / 29
1.41r192 blue elderberrySambucus mexicana1 / 148
1.42r193 Parish's purple nightshadeSolanum parishii / 20
1.45   Cross main drainage; creek is now on your right again
1.46r194 California fuchsiaEpilobium canum ssp. canum3 / 122
1.46   (slender sunflower, Helianthus gracilentus)
1.47r195 western marsh cudweedGnaphalium palustre10 / 15
1.47r196 *tumble pigweedAmaranthus albus10 / 114
1.47   Cross main drainage; creek is now on your left again
1.47r197 purple everlastingGnaphalium purpureum10 / 15
1.51   Cross small side drainage; main creek is still on your left
1.52r198 slender sunflowerHelianthus gracilentus1 / 113
1.53c199 telegraph weedHeterotheca grandiflora2 / 237
1.58r200 dove weedEremocarpus setigerus10 / 326
1.59r201 Palmer's goldenbushEricameria palmeri var. pachylepis2 / 210
1.62r  Field of solid tocalote, Centaurea melitensis for next 0.05 miles
1.72r  Field of solid prickly lettuce, Lactuca serriola, and shortpod mustard, Hirschfeldia incana, for next 0.11 miles
1.72r202 *wild oatsAvena fatua20 / 927
1.86r203 western vervainVerbena lasiostachys var. lasiostachys2 / 110
1.89r  (Tenaja with year-round water)
1.89r204 *white-stemmed filareeErodium moschatum / 21
1.90   Cross drainage from tenaja
1.90r205 creeping wild ryeLeymus triticoides10 / 112
1.90   Cross through open gate
1.94c206 *shepherd's purseCapsella bursa-pastoris20 / 110
1.94   Jct. Monument Hill / Faultline Roads; elevation 1800 feet (550 m); turn left onto Monument Hill Road
1.95   Cross main drainage
2.04l207 long-stemmed buckwheatEriogonum elongatum var. elongatum3 / 129
2.08r208 rattlesnake weedChamaesyce albomarginata5 / 111
2.13r  Jct. Vista Grande Trail; elevation 1920 feet (585 m); end this plant guide.
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Updated 3 March 2006.