Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2018

Kruze Rhododendron Reserve 5/12/18

Calphoto has the following report for Kruse Rhododendron Natural Reserve.

Too early for Rhododendrons at Kruse – just a few blooming. Lots of Coralroot orchids, though. Three different species (C. maculata, C. mertensiana, C. striata), and a few remaining Calypso orchids, along with other forest flowers. Along the shoreline bluffs at Salt Point there were many flowers, hunkering down in the wind. A nice cluster of Calochortus tolmiei, large numbers of Brodiaea, expanses of Goldfields, and a very large patch of Yellowbeak owl’s clover (Triphysaria versicolor ssp. versicolor), which is an odd name since it is mostly white with a little pink. A great time to visit this area.

I also found a patch of Coast lily (Lilium maritimum), which is a CNPS 1B.1 rare plant. See my photo in Facebook at

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