Thursday, June 2, 2011

Davy's centaury ~ 06/02/11 ~ Fort Ord



This is an unexpected burst of low-growing color that I don't think I've ever noticed before. Again, thanks to Andy.

2 comments:

James said...

I love these. We have Z. venusta in abundance down my way. At first glance they're so similar that I'd confuse one for the other. But the distribution looks like the two might not live side by side to confuse casual botanists like myself...

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Yep, I had searched canchalagua and it appears highly variable, such that the 2 species can look very similar. Based on CNPS plant lists, distribution (collection?) data, and the wide elliptical petals, I figured this should be Davy's. However, there is a report of Z. venusta fairly close to Fort Ord and in similar habitat.

James, I trust your botanical knowledge more than mine. I don't even claim to be a casual botantist and declined Calflora's request to become a contributor b/c I was afraid I'd propagate incorrect IDs.