Far Out Flora

Fort Funston’s Wildflower Freakout

July 8, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 10 Comments

Abronia latifolia

Last Sunday morning Matti, Max and I hit up Fort Funston about four miles south of our place for some wildflower hunting. Thanks to Anni J. at Annie’s, know that the above clump of round yellow blooms is Abronia latifolia, or Sand Verbena. It’s very succulenty. According to Las Pilitas Nursery it likes to be really, really close to the beach, like a couple hundred feet from the surf close. It’s also the sole food source for the almost endangered Copablepharon fuscum or Sand Verbena moth.

Dudleya farinosa

This is why we really came to Fort Funston. It’s Dudleya flowering season which means you can actually find them via their red stems and flowers all over the place. Sweet! Pretty sure these are all Dudleya farinosa. We saw some less frosty green guys, too.

Cirsium occidentale

One of the coolest things about being the plant sign maker at Annie’s is seeing plants I’ve only read about in the wild for the first time. The even cooler part is being able to identify them. This Cirsium is one of those plants. Here are a few more favorites from the wander around.

Coast Paintbrush - Castilleja affinis

Erigeron glaucus

Camissonia cheiranthifolia, I think.

Mystery Ferns

Anyone know what these sand/sun loving ferns are?

Happy Dog Max

Fort Funston’s still full of tons of beachy blooms. It’s chock full of Eriogonums in all shapes and sizes, and oh yeah it’s also an off-leash dog park so bring the puppy. You can check out all our Fort Funston pics are here, including many of Matti looking super excited.

 

September 16, 2010
by Megan
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Highway Hottentot to Hell

You can tell that fall is just around the corner when the Hottentot Fig (Carpobrotus edulis) starts to turn a deep scarlet red…and so continues my love/ hate relationship with this devilish succulent. Up and down the California coast you … Continue reading

August 30, 2010
by Megan
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Lasting Lupinus Arboreus

The Yellow Bush Lupine has been a work horse along the coast, flowering continuously despite San Francisco’s lack of summer rain. Since we last looked at Lupinus arboreus, they’ve grown their fuzzy seed pods which look a lot like hairy … Continue reading

May 17, 2010
by Megan
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Wild Beach Lupine

We spotted some Blue Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus) on the sand dunes along the southern part of Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Above you can see the Blue Bush Lupine in the middle, some wild Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) with … Continue reading