Doing some cuttings of honeysuckle today. Scientific genus is Lonicera, which for some reason always makes me want to sing “Buona Sera” by Louis Prima. See, they rhyme.. I know, I have issues.
Anyway, as abundant as honeysuckle is down here at the OVLC riverbottom preserve, it actually isn’t all that common on most other trails. Got me thinking about a few other weird stowaways in the vicinity. You may notice all plant names now link to a site that takes far better pictures than I, please enjoy them:
Generally don’t see much in the way of cacti around here. I’m 84.3% sure this is prickly pear. Not too hard to find, a mere pat on the back for spotting this:
Next up is sugar bush. I don’t know of this plant anywhere else in Ojai, by all means someone prove me wrong. There are quite a few of them and they are can be almost 10 feet high and 20 feet wide so a polite round of applause for hunting it down:
Silk tassel bush is tough to spot only because its… well.. dull.. kinda grey, the “silk tassels” are kind of beat up and dry, but much respect if you can find it, maybe 3 or 4 in the river bottom by my count:
Coffeberry is quite common if you head up Route 33 to Matilija or Potrero John, but down here I believe this is the one and only specimen. An Ojai Rambler t-shirt from the first reader who can find it and take a picture. OK, there is no t-shirt, but you’ll be first on the waiting list.
Finally, I don’t know what this is, but it’s quite striking. Growing a few feet from the dry riverbed, I’ll name my next cat for the first to correctly identify it
When you’re done hiking down here head over to the Bad Wolf BBQ in Meiners Oaks. Pretty mean tritip, pulled pork, sandwiches and salads. The outdoor patio is dog friendly, some nice beers on tap. Rambler approved.