Sunday, March 11, 2012
Table Mountain: A Wildflower Sampler
Here's a taxonomic summary fopr the botanically inclined.
The onion on top is Allium cratericola, locally known as the Volcanic Onion, although in most field guides it's called the Cascade Onion, if it appears at all. In my old Jepson, (c) 1925, the onions are still in the lily family and this particular species doesn't appear. Now the Alliums are in the Amaryllidaceae. They will be featured in the booklet I'm writing called "Those Elusive Lilioids."
The Dwarf Plantain, Plantago erecta, is a native member of the Plantaginaceae, although the non-native English Plantain, P. lanceolata is a much better known plantain. The Douglas Violet, Viola douglasii, is one of several yellow violets found in the Sierra. The back sides of these blossoms are a deep brownish purple, and the leaves are a very small mass, not so distinctive as the leaves of most other species. The Bitterroot, Lewisia rediviva, is a member of the Purslane family, Portulacaceae, and has been taxonomically stable for quite some time.