Caulanthus heterophyllus (Slender Pod Jewelflower)

Elegant Caulanthus heterophyllus, 4S Ranch, San Diego, California. March 2019.

Even after more than eight years in Southern California, I find flowers and plants on local trails that I have not seen before, and Caulanthus heterophyllus (commonly known as Slender Pod Jewelflower, San Diego Wild Cabbage, San Diego Jewelflower) is one of them. I may not have paid close attention to all of the plants before 2015, when I took the Chaparral Naturalist Class with the California Chaparral Institute, but we’ve had a “good” winter since then (in the 2016/2017 water year) and I didn’t see this flower anywhere – and this year, they seem to be everywhere!

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