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California Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)

California Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) is a large evergreen tree has a dark grey short trunk and wide spreading branches. Leathery leaves are a shiny green above and dull with fuzz below with spiny holly like margins. The flowers are monoecious; meaning they have flowers with only male parts and flowers with only female parts on the same plant.

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

California Poppy- by Liz MatthewsCalifornia poppy is an annual herbaceous plant (but occasionally perennial) in habit and grows up to 60 centimeters in height. The blue-green leaves are divided into long segments. The flowers have four petals and range in color from yellow to orange. They are bisexual, having both male and female parts within each flower. The CPP four letter code for this species is ESCA. 

Common Cowparsnip (Heracleum maximum)

 Common cowparsnip (Heracleum maximum) is a perennial, herbaceous plant that grows 3 to 10 feet tall. The large braod leaves are lobed, and it has thick, hairy stems. The small white flowers either have both male and female parts or have only male parts. Flowers are grouped into small clusters that are grouped into larger showier, flat-topped clusters.

Coyotebrush (Baccharis pilularis)

BAPI flowers- Liz MatthewsBaccharis pilularis is a shrub in the Aster family that can be up to three meters tall. The leaves are toothed, oval, and sticky. Coyotebrush is dioecious, meaning each plant has flowers with either all male parts or all female parts.

Sticky Monkeyflower (Diplacus aurantiacus)

Diplacus aurantiacus is a perennial plant in the Phrymaceae. It occurs as either a shrub or a subshrub. It can grow up to 1.5 meters tall. The foliage can be hairy or glabrous. The deep green linear leaves have edges that roll under and are generally sticky. Flower color can range from white to yellow, orange, or red.

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