Cornus nuttallii

Common name: Mountain Dogwood

"White Clouds" - close-up of Cornus nuttallii (Mountain Dogwood) in bloom at Palomar Mountain, California. May 2019.

Palomar Mountain is one of the few places in San Diego County where dogwoods (Cornus species) grow. I had previously seen the bloom of the smaller ones (Cornus sericea) that occurs in June, but kept missing the blooms of the large Mountain Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii). This year I finally got my timing right! I extended a loop hike that I had previously done to also “bag” Boucher Hill (one of the list peaks on the Sierra Club’s 100 Peaks list for San Diego County) and did the loop in counter-clockwise direction this time, so that the area with the dogwoods would be my first stop.

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Malosma laurina

Common name: Laurel Sumac

Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina) flower cluster and leaves, Black Mountain, San Diego, California. May 2015.

Some portraits of Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina), the only plant in its genus. One of the larger shrubs in the chaparral that can be found almost everywhere. One particularly interesting fact about this particular plant is that it grows new leaves and stems all year around, and not just during the winter and spring (ie. during California’s wet season) – Wikipedia has plenty of nice information about this plant.

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