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Ashes To Wildflowers: Image Page 9 (2022)
Post-Burn Plant Succession Following Comet Fire East Of Palomar College,
Including Remarkable Leaf-Litter Ant, Other Insects, Spiders & Rattlesnakes
Compiled by W.P. Armstrong During Winter & Spring Months Of 2021
Plant names follow Checklist Of The Vascular Plants Of San Diego County by
Jon Rebman & Michael Simpson, San Diego Natural History Museum, 2006.

One Year Following Comet Fire

Bush Mallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus) 27 March 2022

3 important quantitative field measurements in plant ecology are dominance, density and frequency. One year after the Palomar College Comet Fire of January 2021 there is a shrub that has the highest values by far in all 3 measurements: Bush Mallow (Malacothamnus fasiculatus). Since last year, this prolific, native fire-follower has spread by seeds and underground stems (rhizomes) into thickets of pink flowers.

  Comet Fire Images From Jan. 2021  
Quantitative Vegetation Definitions

2 Species Of Minute Wildflowers In Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae)
On Bottlewort Trail Easily Overlooked On Dry Slopes In April 2022

Woolly Star (Eriastrum filifolium) on parched slopes one year following the Comet Fire (April 2022). The plant is undersized due to the very dry soil along trail.

Another Minute Wildflower In Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae)

Navarretia hamata ssp. hamata. A very small, prickly wildflower of early summer with a slight skunky scent growing along Bottlewort Trail with the previous species (Eriastrum filifolium). For its unique odor it is given the common name of "skunkweed."

Canchalagua (Centarium venustum) of the gentian family (Gentianaceae). I saw a few of these along Bottlewort Trail on 16 May 2022. It is a beautiful late spring wildflower in local hills, especially after abundant spring rains. Note the unusual spirally twisted anthers.

29 July 2022: Coastal Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta) Growing With Coastal
Sagebrush (Artemisia californica) On Slope Above Child Development Bldg.

Coastal Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta): I was surprized to find this fern in such a dry area of coastal sage scrub north of the burned area. In fact, I didn't even find it on nearby Owens Peak with several other fern species.

  Some Ferns Of Nearby Owens Peak  

Bottlewort Trail & Comet Fire Post Burn: 19 March 2023

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