Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract: Another Plant Not Found on Red Car Property

Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 13, 2009. Mystery wildflower at Alvarado St. entrance to the upper plateau of Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

This exotic little plant stands about 4-inches high, with leaves growing in a spiraling pattern around the stem. Protected by the leaves, blooming close to the stem are a series of tiny white flowers.

The flower and size of the plant is similar to one found on the Red Car Property (in the more moist region near Adelbert). The spiral shape of the growth and the buds tightly grouped with the stem are unique to the Semi Tropic plant. The buds on the Red Car plant hang loosely away from the stem, facing down.

If you can help identify this, or any other plant we highlight here, please email us: redcarproperty@gmail.com.

This month, we're taking a close-up view of the natural beauty of our neighborhood. All Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract photographs published on the Corralitas Red Car Property Blog in March 2009, are of plants growing on the 3 large lots destined for destruction, if a developer gains final approval of his proposed subdivision.

Neighbors will be back in front of City Council's PLUM Committee on March 24, 2009.