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Plants of Estero de Punta Banda

Here you will find photos of the plants we saw on our day trip to El Estero
de Punta Banda
, on the south end Ensenada's Bahía de Todos Santos.
The main page for this field trip can be found here.

Click on any photo for a larger image.

Plants are listed A-Z by family, then A-Z by species. Common names in English and Spanish are noted if available.

Families: A-B | C | F-J | O-P

Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Helianthus niveusHelianthus niveus
Dune sunflower, Margarita de las dunas
The leaves are silvery gray, helping it to reflect the strong sunlight from both the sun and the sand.

 

 

 

 

See a CalPhotos' closeup of the Dune Sunflower

Isocoma menziesii, Goldenbush
Isocoma menziesii
Goldenbush, Common Spanish
A small to medium shrub with spatulate, resiny leaves and yellow, discoid flower heads
Isocoma menziesii, Goldenbush
Isocoma menziesii
It was actually too early in the season for the flowers or fruit, as pictured here. This is from another location (San Quintín) from one Fall.
Jaumea carnosa flower
Jaumea carnosa

Marsh Jaumea
This is a low, fleshy plant. When not in flower, it blends right in with the Batis maritima (below)
.
Jaumea carnosa flowers
Jaumea carnosa

The flower heads are about 1-2 cm in diameter.
Heterotheca species
Heterotheca sessiflora ssp. echioides ??
(I still need to key this one out ).



Heterotheca species
Heterotheca sessiflora
ssp. echioides ??
This shrub had glandular-hairy herbage that
was slightly stickly and had a very pleasant
smell-kind of a minty, camphor smell.
The flower head was about 1" (2.5 cm) D.

Batidaceae (Saltwort Family)

Batis martima, Saltwort
Batis maritima

Saltwort, Barrilla, Deditos
This is a prostrate creeping perennial. The succulent leaves are generally two-angled
with a rounded side as well. Calflora image

Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family) (alternately = Amaranthaceae)               [Top]

Salicornia bigelovii, Pickleweed
Salicornia bigelovii
Pickleweed, Hierba salmuera
A succulent annual living in
saline soil near or in water.
Sarcocornia pacifica, Pickleweed
Sarcocornia pacifica
Pickleweed, Hierba salmuera
A succulent, creeping perennial
generally in saline soil near or in water.
Sarcocornia pacifica, Pickleweed
Sarcocornia pacifica
Pickleweed, Hierba salmuera
The tiny white things sticking out are the stamens. Flowers lack petals and are wind pollinated.




Suaeda california flowersSuaeda californica
Sea Blite, Romerillo
A shrub with succulent new growth, including leaves. The yellow, star-like structure in the middle of the photo is composed of 5 yellow stamens with an almost invisible set of 3 styles
at their center. To the right of the open flower
are clusters of unopened flowers.

Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)

undetermined Dudleya species
Dudleya
sp. (Dudleya brittonii??)
Live forever, Siemprevive

undetermined Dudleya species
Dudleya
sp.
Live forever, Siemprevive
Same, only closer

Cuscutaceae

Cuscuta salina
Cuscuta salina

Dodder, Chupones
Dodder lacks chlorophyll, which usually gives plants its green color, and so must tap into the host plant for nutritional needs.



Cuscuta salina
Cuscuta salina

Dodder, Chupones
The bright orange threads are the haustoria,
or specialized roots, of the plant that bore
into the host's tissue to extract nutrients.
Here they are attached to Batis maritima,
Jaumea carnosa
and Frankenia salina.

Fabaceae (Pea Family)                                                                                        [Top]

Lotus nuttallianus
Lotus nuttallianus

Wire bird's foot trefoil
Great to see a native perennial beating out
the "invasive" iceplant for a change.
Lotus nuttallianus
Lotus nuttallianus

Very fine stems create a spiderweb on the
duness and sometimes on top of other plants.

Lotus nuttallianus
Lotus nuttallianus
Each flower in the cluster is 5-7 mm long.
Lotus nuttallianusLotus nuttallianus

Frankeniaceae (Frankenia Family)

Frankenia salina, Marsh Rosemary
Frankenia salina

Marsh Rosemary, Hierba reuma
Here, this is a very low perennial, mostly
under 12" tall. Its leaves are slightly fleshy.
It can grow up to 2 ft high and form mounds.

Frankenia salina, Marsh Rosemary
Frankenia salina

The pinkish flowers are 5-14 mm in diameter.



Juncaceae (Junco Family)

Juncus acutus, Spiny rush
Juncus acutus
Spiny Rush, Junco
At this site, stands about 2ft high, 3 ft diameter. Stems are very stiff and tips are sharp.


Juncus acutus, Spiny rush
Juncus acutus

This is an image from a previous sighting of
the species elsewhere. We got poked a lot, clawing our way through the thicket of
them and when taking the photos.

Onagraceae (Evening-primrose Family)                                                              [Top]

Beach evening-primrose
Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. suffruitcosa
Beach evening-primrose
This 30-90 cm H perennial was very abundant

on the dunes and marsh edges, from
the Hwy 23 junction out to the preserve.
Beach evening-primrose
Camissonia cheiranthifolia
ssp. suffruitcosa
Smaller specimens under 20 cm tall. This species has thickish, hairy leaves to withstand
life on the bright, hot dunes.
Non-native
iceplant in the foreground.
Beach evening-primrose
Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. suffruitcosa
Close up of flower. Note 4 petals. They are
hard to see, but there are 8 stamens and
a single style with a globose stigma.

Beach evening-primrose
Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. suffruitcosa
A developing fruit. When mature, this capsule
will split longitudinally from the tip, revealing
4 thin chambers containing the tiny seeds.

Camissonia species, Suncup
Camissonia
sp.
Evening primrose, Suncup
Haven't keyed it out yet. Could be C. bistorta,
C. lewisii
or micrantha. The first two are on the area's plant inventory.
Camissonia species, Suncup
Camissonia
sp.
Evening primrose, Suncup



Poaceae (Grass Family)

Distichlis spicata, salt grass
Distichlis spicata

Saltgrass,Zacate salada
A perennial grass spreading mostly by rhizomes.
The stems are erect. More CalPhotos.

Monanthochloe littoralis, Salt cedar
Monanthochloe littoralis
Salt cedar, Hierba o Zacate salada
A low, creeping perennial grass with very sharp leaf tips, making it hard to kneel to take photos.

Spartina foliosa
Spartina foliosa

Cord Grass, Hierba cordón
This salt grass grows in the mud right on the edge of the marsh, so it spends part of each day innundated.
More CalPhotos.
 
Families: A-B | C | F-J | O-P


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