Friday, October 16, 2009

18-Acre Elysian Park Parcel: *UPDATED Definitely Native Dove Weed

Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 1, 2009. A likely native plant on 18-Acre Elysian Park Parcel. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

This plant has been growing in the same location on the 18-Acre Elysian Park Parcel since, at least, the late 1990s. It is the only one I've seen in my exploration of vacant parcels in the neighborhood. It's about 4-6" tall, in a patch about 6' in diameter. The spiky filaments on every part of the plant would discourage grazing animals.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 1, 2009. Like many natives plants, it is pale in color and drought resistant. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

It grows at the base of the northernmost slope, on the first plateau up from Riverside Drive. According to Figure 2.5 (page 9) on plans posted on Rec & Parks' website, it appears to grow in the path of the berm they plan to build for a bioswale. The plant does not appear to have been mentioned in the environmental review for the park improvements: Chapter 3, also posted on Rec & Parks' Website.

Deadline for public comment:
3PM, Monday, October 19, 2009.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 1, 2009. A more normal view of the probably native plant. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

If it is a rare native plant, then we need to ensure Rec & Parks includes it in the environmental review. If you can help identify this plant, please send us an email: Turkish Rugging was suggested. Looking at CalFlora, we're still looking for an ID.

*UPDATE March 9, 2010. Plant ID via CalFlora: Dove Weed (Croton setigerus), a native plant.