Tuesday, February 2

From the Field... January 25 - 29

Field Observations from Eureka Canyon
January 25 - 29, 2010

California Toothwort (Cardamine californica) flowering near a tributary of Corralitos Creek. Notice both the heart-shaped basal leaves and the deeply lobed cauline leaves on the flower pedicel.

Toothwort exhibits the classic Brassica flower, four petals in a cross. This species is also known as Milkmaids or Bittercress, and is one of the Coast Range's first wildflowers of the year.

Coast Range Newt (Taricha torosa torosa) in a vernal pool along Corralitos Creek. It's hard to tell in this underwater shot, but it appears to have a light-colored lower eyelid, distinguishing it from the rough-skinned newt which has a darker lower eyelid.

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