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Calochortus umbellatus - Oakland Mariposa Lily

Calochortus umbellatus - Oakland Mariposa Lily

This plain yet elegant lily is the Oakland Mariposa Lily (or Star tulip)

Family Liliaceae


Impatiens pallida (Pale Touch-me-not)

Impatiens pallida (Pale Touch-me-not)

These are really cool. The reason they're called touch-me-nots is that when they form seed pod, they explode when you touch them. I kid you not, they actually explode with an audible pop, though I'm not sure how.


Ipomoea indica - Oceanblue Morning Glory

Ipomoea indica - Oceanblue Morning Glory

This is a fairly common species of Morning Glory, though the blue/purple color isn't found in many species.

Family Convulvulaceae


Ipomopsis aggregata - Scarlet Gilia

Ipomopsis aggregata - Scarlet Gilia

This is a very showy member of the Phlox family


Ipomopsis rubra (Standing Cypress)

Ipomopsis rubra (Standing Cypress)

I do not know what this has to do with a Cypress, but then again, I'm not a botanist.


Iris douglansiana (Douglas Iris)

Iris douglansiana (Douglas Iris)

These Iris are pretty common in Muir Woods, this one is a little worn, but when they're brand new, they're pretty spectacular.


Iris douglansiana (Douglas Iris)

Iris douglansiana (Douglas Iris)

Another photo of a much less faded specimen!


Iris missouriensis - Common Blue Flag Iris

Iris missouriensis - Common Blue Flag Iris

This was an unexpected find at nearly 9000'


Kalanchoe tubiflora

Kalanchoe tubiflora

Paging Dr. Seuss...

An introduced species from Madagascar in the family Crassulaceae


Krameria erecta

Krameria erecta

This weird thing is in the family Krameriaceae, which only has 14 species.


Langloisia setosissima

Langloisia setosissima

A member of Polemoniaceae. A tiny little desert plant.


Lathyrus littoralis - Beach Pea

Lathyrus littoralis - Beach Pea

I couldn't ID this for a while because I thought it was a Lupine. Then I realized the leaves don't match, and after that it was easy to pin down. It was blooming all over Abbott's Lagoon

Family Fabaceae


Lavatera arborea (Tree Mallow)

Lavatera arborea (Tree Mallow)

This brings to California a little taste of the Emerald Isle. Found this Irish native growing on the sand dunes at Venice State Beach.


Ledum glandulosum - Western Labrador Tea

Ledum glandulosum - Western Labrador Tea

This is a pretty bog plant that was growing in large numbers in an area of Point Reyes


Leptodactylon pungens - Granite Gilia

Leptodactylon pungens - Granite Gilia

This looks a lot like the genus Phlox, and is in the same family. The flower petals are a bit different and the leaves are spikier. This grows at medium elevations in dense mats in the Sierras


Lespedeza viriginica - Slender Bush Clover

Lespedeza viriginica - Slender Bush Clover

This is a really common plant that looks almost like a shrub. The flowers are very small and are surrounded by small leaves.

Family Fabaceae


Lessingia filanginifolia (California Aster)

Lessingia filanginifolia (California Aster)

I don't know where I took this, or anything about it.


Lewisia rediviva - Bitterroot

Lewisia rediviva - Bitterroot

This was the highlight of my recent Mount Diablo hike. It's a member of the family Portulacaceae and is simply stunning. It likes rocky, barren slopes.


Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing-Star)

Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing-Star)

Blazing-Stars are often called gayfeathers and are a common sight on the plains.


Lilies and Allies

Lilies and Allies

Lillies and Allies

While I like all flower families, I have a particular fondness for lilies and orchids. This album showcases my photo of members of the family Liliaceae, and some from allied families.


Lilium maritimum - Coast Lily

Lilium maritimum - Coast Lily

We found a single specimen of this in a reliable spot that is unfortunately going to remain nameless. It's a fairly rare species of Lily, and is extremely attractive.

Family Liliaceae


Lilium michaganense - Michigan Lily

Lilium michaganense - Michigan Lily

I've been searching for this plant for a long time. It's the only lily native the tallgrass prairie in Kansas (there's another in the north, up around Montana).

This was growing along the roadside in rural Cherokee Co., KS


Lilium pardalinum - Leopard Lily

Lilium pardalinum - Leopard Lily

This beautiful lily was growing in large numbers in Redwood National Park. This is definitely my favorite lily that I've seen so far.


Lilium parvum - Tiger Lily

Lilium parvum - Tiger Lily

Here's another photo of the Tiger Lily


Lilium parvum - Tiger Lily

Lilium parvum - Tiger Lily

Finally a good photo of this magnificent Lily, it was common in a single wet boggy area that we happened across


Lilium rubescens - Redwood Lily

Lilium rubescens - Redwood Lily

This beauty is the reason for going on the field trip up to Humboldt County. It's a Redwood Lily and can either be white or pink depending on the age of the flower


Linanthus grandiflorus - Grand Linanthus

Linanthus grandiflorus - Grand Linanthus

This isn't the current genus name, but I can't find the new one right now. Found on a dry rocky hill at Point Reyes NS


Linum aristatum - Flax

Linum aristatum - Flax

Another pretty member of the Flax family; Linaceae


Linum lewisii - Blue Flax

Linum lewisii - Blue Flax

This is a really common flower, though this is the first time since I've seen it.


Listera cordata - Lesser Twayblade

Listera cordata - Lesser Twayblade

Here's the entire plant, and it's only about 15cm tall. The flowers are less than a 1cm. The two opposite leaves are the only ones it will have. This species is actually pretty uncommon in California, but David happened to know a spot for it.


Listera cordata - Lesser Twayblade

Listera cordata - Lesser Twayblade

Here's a close-up of this tiny orchid

Family Orchidaceae


Lithospermum canescens - Hoary Puccoon

Lithospermum canescens - Hoary Puccoon

Another weird member of the Borage family

Family Boraginaceae


Lithospermum canescens - Hoary Puccoon

Lithospermum canescens - Hoary Puccoon

Another member of the Borage family. Only saw this one plant


Lithospermum incisum - Fringed Puccoon

Lithospermum incisum - Fringed Puccoon

I'll title this one by its alternate name - Fringed Puccoon. A very pretty flower that I seem to find in short grass and stony fields


Lithospermum incisum - Showy Stoneseed

Lithospermum incisum - Showy Stoneseed

Don't know that much about this group unfortunately.


Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal Flower

I was surprised to find this species flowering so late in the season (late September).


Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

Color isn't the greatest; a tad too washed out for my personal taste. Just means I should have taken more photos. Ce la vie.


Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

Another photo of Great Blue Lobelia. This can be found in wet areas in general, not just prairie.


Lobelia spicata - Pale Spiked Lobelia

Lobelia spicata - Pale Spiked Lobelia

Not a very big example of this plant, but pretty none-the-less


Loeseliastrum matthewsi - Calico Flower

Loeseliastrum matthewsi - Calico Flower

Weird little desert flower, nearly past bloom.


Lonicera hispidula (Hairy Honeysuckle)

Lonicera hispidula (Hairy Honeysuckle)

This is more of a bush than a plant, but its flowers are pretty enough.


Lotus formosissimus - Coast Lotus

Lotus formosissimus - Coast Lotus

This showy lotus was hiding in a single location on the beach at McKerrricher State Beach

Family Fabaceae


Lupinus adsurgens (Silky Lupine)

Lupinus adsurgens (Silky Lupine)

One of the ridiculous number of lupine species that are in California.


Lupinus arborea (Yellow Bush Lupine)

Lupinus arborea (Yellow Bush Lupine)

These are great plants, I usually find them at least close to the shore, or where its foggy.


Lupinus bicolor (Miniature Lupine)

Lupinus bicolor (Miniature Lupine)

It took me a while to ID this for certain, but I think I've pegged it down to Miniature Lupine.


Lupinus latifolius (Broad-leaf Lupine)

Lupinus latifolius (Broad-leaf Lupine)

The huge palmate leaves identify this as Broad-leaf Lupine.


Lupinus stiversii - Harlequin Lupin

Lupinus stiversii - Harlequin Lupin

This is a very showy lupine with multi-colored flowers. I found this individual in the Yosemite Valley, so at a relatively low elevation.


Lupinus stiversii - Harlequin Lupine

Lupinus stiversii - Harlequin Lupine

Another shot of this pretty lupine


Lupinus variicolor - Lindley Varied Lupine

Lupinus variicolor - Lindley Varied Lupine

A common coastal species that has taken a shamefully long time to identify.

Family Fabaceae


Lygodesmia aphylla - Roserush

Lygodesmia aphylla - Roserush

Finally got a decent photo of this plant. It's a member of the Aster family, though it looks a bit odd. Very pretty pale pink color, which is NOT common among other members of this family.

Family Asteraceae


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