Tree and Plant ID's

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  • Can someone tell me what the name of this tree is? The city planted a number of them street side a while back.

  • Growing 4 miles up trails in Thomas fire burn scar. Never seen it before. What is this plant?

  • This plant was a small starter 1.5 yr ago and is now significantly larger. I've included the Geranium start for size reference.  For most of the time it's been the bluish-green star-burst shape.  This year it added the yellow-green blossoms that are actually large clusters of small cups w/ multiple red pods. I wonder if the yellowish clusters need to be trimmed at all?   The Name of this plant,  or any info would be most appreciated.  Thanks.

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a-1594329888 Jul 01, 2020 05:01 PM
Tree and Plant ID's

Thank you Kane, 257, and Mtndriver - I'm so excited to have a name attached to this opulent plant. Thanks to you, I've now been able to read about it online - by name! And get marching orders, as I see those "cup-holders" are "seed pods" and it's time to trim those back. Thank you, and Edhat, so much :)

kane kena Jul 01, 2020 11:23 AM
Tree and Plant ID's

The bottom one looks like gopher purge. Very cool mariposa lily!

a-1594329888 Jul 01, 2020 04:44 PM
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Nice catch, Kane. I'd been wondering about that bottom one too. Matches the wiki pic for Euphorbia rigida, aka gopher spurge or upright myrtle spurge. Beautiful non-native weed and potential bio fuel source it seems.

qmc Jul 01, 2020 09:07 AM
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The mariposa lily appears after fire burns and I uses to see them on Tunnel trail on a regular basis 10 years ago. The spring after the Jesusita fire, the top of Inspiration Point was covered with these flowers, as well as other plants that pop up after fires.

mtndriver Jul 01, 2020 08:31 AM
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The bottom photo is a variety of spurge, which is a euphorbia. Its sap is toxic so it can help with gopher control, though not very much!

greytfull Jul 01, 2020 08:28 AM
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Top image is a Crape Myrtle, maybe 'Zuni' (color)

willow Jul 01, 2020 07:04 AM
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The tree at the top looks like a lilac (based on the flower clusters).

mtndriver Jun 30, 2020 03:00 PM
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So fortunate to see that form of Mariposa lily, so lovely with the spots and frilled edge! Beautiful!

Red Creek Jun 30, 2020 02:09 PM
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Second plant is the spectacular Calochortus Fimbriatus, from the mariposa lily family, a rare find according to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens. Perhaps the fire has sparked the regrowth of these special flowers, a few of my hiker friends are reporting specimens in the local mountains. https://www.sbbg.org/classes-events/trips-travel/rare-plant-treasure-hunt-mariposa-lily?fbclid=IwAR0gY9w3l9kKPWMzCi8zyIQNQoHOIxiFF4W1jPfHDRsfGQo3yR9PWx-jel4

a-1594329888 Jun 30, 2020 01:31 PM
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The top two images look like Crepe Myrtle trees. A great smartphone app is called Garden Answers. Check it out.

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