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Preview of FMT Annual Spring Wildflower Hike&Optional Hike Leader Training After

Friends of Mt.Tam Annual Spring Wildflower Hike-Previewvolunteer tagging time. Help out to flag the about 40 species of wildflowers, most native, some endemic and some very rare. After we complete tagging you have the option to stay a little longer for an introduction to hike leading and "sweeping". We'll go for a scenic hike a couple of miles and discuss leading hikes on Mt.Tam.

Botanist, Doreen Smith, Chair, Marin section of the Calif.Native Plant Society will guide us through the fields of Wildflowers. We'll be marking WF locations with gardener's wire flags. Help out and learn first hand about this year's wildflower bloom. Our location is in the Rock Spring area of Mt.Tam. 

Copy the name of a flower below and use this link to see a photo:

For:                     MOUNT TAMALPAIS STATE PARK, 

(Listing of many of the native plants usually seen flowering in mid-April, especially along the O'Rourke's Bench Trail and nearby. Google any of the names for photograph.)

1.Baby Blue Eyes Nemophila menziesii Borage 
2.Bitter Cress Cardamine oligosperma Mustard 
3.Blue Dicks Dichelostemma capitatum Lily 
4.Blue Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium bellum Iris 
5.Buttercup, California Ranunculus californicus 
6.Checker-bloom Sidalcea malviflora Mallow 
7.Clarkia, graceful Clarkia gracilis Evening-primrose 
8.Claytonia, small Claytonia exigua ssp. exigua Miners'-lettuce 
9.Clover, various Trifolium spp. Pea 
10.CottonTop, Q-tips Micropus californicus Sunflower 
11.Cream-cups Platystemon californicus Poppy 
12.False Lupine, Gold Banner Thermopsis californica Pea 
13.Fine-lace Sanicle Sanicula laciniata Carrot 
14.Gilia, miniature Gilia clivorum Phlox 
15.Goldfields Lasthenia gracilis Sunflower 
16.Hawkweed Hieracium albiflorum Sunflower 
17.Hedge Nettle Stachys rigida Mint 
18.Hog Fennel, Biscuit-root Lomatium dasycarpum Carrot 
19.Iris, Douglas, yellow Iris douglasiana Iris 
20.Iris, ground, blue, Iris macrosiphon Iris 
21.Linanthus, baby-stars Leptosiphon parviflorus Phlox 
22.Loco Weed, Brewer’s Astragalus breweri Pea 
23.Lotus, yellow, various Lotus spp. Pea 
24.Lupine, various Lupinus albifrons, L. nanus, L.bicolor. Pea 
25.Milkmaids Cardamine californica Mustard 
26.Miner's Lettuce Claytonia perfoliata Miners'- lettuce 
27.Morning Glory, vine Calystegia purpurata ssp. purpurata Morning Glory 
28.Mule Ears narrow-leaf Wyethia angustifolia Sunflower 
29.Onion, paper Allium amplectens Lily 

                                       30.Orchid, Calypso Calypso bulbosa Orchid 

31.Orchid, coralroot, spotted Corallorhiza maculata Orchid 
32.Pennyroyal, native Monardella purpurea and M. villosa Mint 
33.Pepper-cress Lepidium nitidum Mustard 
34.Phacelia, blue Phacelia divaricata Borage 
35.Phacelia, white Phacelia distans and P. imbricata Borage 
36.Phlox, slender Microsteris gracilis Phlox 
37.Plantain, dwarf Plantago erecta Plantain 
38.Plectritis, short spurred Plectritis brachystemon Valerian 
39.Popcorn Flower Plagiobothrys nothofulvus Borage 
40.Poppy, California Eschscholzia californica Poppy 
41.Red Maids Calandrinia ciliata Miners'-lettuce 
42.Rock-lettuce Dudleya cymosa Stonecrop 
43.Rock Baby’s-breath Minuartia douglasii Pink 
44.Sanicle, various Sanicula spp. Carrot 
45.Shooting Star Dodecatheon hendersonii Primrose 
46.Soap Plant (in leaf) Chlorogalum pomeridianum Lily 
47.Star Lily Zigadenus fremontii Lily 
48.Strawberry, wild Fragaria vesca Rose 
49.Sweet Cicely Osmorhiza berteroi Carrot 
50.Woodland Tar-plant Anisocarpus madioides Sunflower 
51.Thistle, Cobweb Cirsium occidentale Sunflower 
52.Violet, Mountain Viola purpurea var. quercetorum Violet 
53.Willow Herb, Tiny Epilobium minutum Evening-primrose 
54.Woodland Star Lithophragma affine Saxifrage 
55.Wood Rush Luzula comosa Rush 
56.Yarrow, White Achillea millefolium Sunflower 
57.Yarrow, Golden Eriophyllum confertiflorum Sunflower 
58.Yerba Buena Satureja douglasii Mint 

                                                          Mission Bells

                                      Goldfields Lasthenia gracilis Sunflower 

                         Western Azalea (May-June) Potrero Camp, Mt.Tam 

Described below - What We are Preparing For and Will Take Place the Next Day

At the Rock Spring Trailhead, located at the intersection of West Ridgecrest Blvd. & Pantoll Rd., Friends of Mt.Tam, the volunteer arm of Mt.Tam State Park, will again organize this yearly event. Join Botanists & Docents as we view up to fifty different wildflowers in bloom, at elevation 2000', only two miles from the Pacific, in the Rock Spring area of this spectacular Park. The flowers will be flagged for easy identification so you can get to know them. Almost all are natives and many endemic, on a county and sometimes statewide basis and sometimes a very rare one will be in bloom. The Calif. gold fields may be gone, but we have our own spectacular Gold Field flower in bloom among the stark but beautiful, faulted, serpentine rock. A sight not to miss, and once seen not forgotten. We will break up into smaller groups and tour the wildflower areas with those familiar with the flowers present. You may even see the rare Mt.Tam Jewel flower.

If you would like to get acquainted with some of the flowers out there, here is a link to one of three brochures of Mt.Tam Wildflowers prepared by Professor Marguerite Murphy a Mt.Tam Hike Leader. 
Marguerite has also written an App for the Iphone that can be used to identify the wildflowers of Mt.Tam. 
Hikes always meet on time and leave sharply at the time listed. If you are late you will miss the hike. 
For hike details, maps of Trails and Trailhead location, distances, voicemail #, etc. go to and begin at the Hiking section.

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  • Kathryn B.

    A very good day. Thank you Jordan for organizing such an interesting and informative hike. Great lunch at Jordan's Meals on Wheels!

    April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jordan! What a great day!

    April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh no, I forgot to set my alarm! I will still come out & try to find you.

    April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Staying for hike leader training also

    April 11, 2014

  • Kathryn B.

    Staying for hike leader training.

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woo Hoo! So excited to be there tomorrow. :D I can also stay for the hike leader training. See u then!

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jordan I have changed my mind and would like to stay to learn more about hike leading and sweeping. Not ready yet but would like to start learning. Thank you

    March 10, 2014

  • Jordan H.

    Please let me know if you will be staying for the hike leader training hike afterwards?

    March 6, 2014

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