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Plant Identification Hike @ Rancho Canada del Oro

Join Steve Rosenthal and Arvind Kumar for a guided plant identification walk through Rancho Canada del Oro, one of the newer open space preserves in Santa Clara County.

Trails offer spectacular views of the Diablo Range and Mt. Hamilton and go through a variety of native habitats: grassland, oak woodland, sage-chaparral scrub, and riparian. We expect to see many fruiting plants, including oaks, bay laurel, madrone, bigberry manzanita, toyon, coffeeberry, buckeye, holly-leaved cherry, and snowberry.

We will start with the Serpentine Loop Trail, switch to the Longwall Canyon Trail, and return via the Mayfair Ranch Trail. The distance covered will be 4.3 miles with 500’ of elevation gain. Native plant lovers will enjoy the wide variety of habitats and plants. Beginners interested in plant identification are welcome; prior knowledge of native plants or botany is not required.

Bring water and a bag lunch. Dress in layers, and appropriately for late fall weather. Heavy rain cancels. We expect to return to the trailhead by 2pm.

Space is limited. RSVP to [masked] to reserve your place and for directions to the meeting place. This walk is free for CNPS members; $5 suggested donation for nonmembers; memberships are accepted at the trailhead.


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  • Arvind K.

    Nice cool weather, good company, people interested in learning about native plants.

    November 7, 2011

  • Arvind K.

    Among the plants we saw today were:

    Trees: coast live oak, blue oak, black oak, leather oak, bay, sycamore, holly-leaved cherry, buckeye, blue elderberry

    Shrubs: bigberry manzanita, coyote brush, poison oak, toyon, coffeeberry, redberry, sagebrush, black sage, sticky monkeyflower

    Vine: honeysuckle

    Perennials: soap lily, zauschneria, mugwort, calochortus seed, pearly everlasting (gnaphalium)

    Ferns: coastal wood fern, goldback fern, polypody fern

    November 6, 2011

  • Arvind K.

    Today, Thu night, the weather forecast for Sunday says 30% chance of showers. That's not heavy rain, so the hike will take place as planned. Stay tuned and check in Saturday pm for a final announcement.

    November 3, 2011

  • Arvind K.

    Hello, plant lovers! This meetup group just got started, and I hope to give you more notice of upcoming hikes. One of you asked how strenuous this walk is: 4.3 miles, 500 ft up (mostly gradual ascent except for one switchback portion), and 500 ft down (gradual descent). Plant walks tend to be at an easy pace, with frequent stops to examine plants.

    November 1, 2011

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