Monday, March 10, 2008

Spring wildflowers on SEFI

Early spring is perhaps the most beautiful time of the year on Southeast Farallon Island as wildflowers burst into bloom, carpeting the island with lovely colors and sweet smells. The most abundant wildflower species here is the maritime goldfields (also known as Farallon weed) which covers a majority of the island. From the marine terrace to the top of Lighthouse Hill, the maritime goldfields form a thick carpet of vivid green and yellow. Purple and white sticky sand spurry blooms on rocky outcrops.
















Other wildflowers found on SEFI include seaside daisy, marsh sand spurry, red maids, chickweed, miner's lettuce, pygmy stonecrop, and (non-native) fiddleneck.





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1 comment:

Andy Doran said...

You can see high resolution images of specimens collected at the Farallon Islands at this site:

http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/consortium/

Just enter Farallon as locality and click search.