Lunchtime Photo

What kind of flower is this? A California lotus? A hill lotus? A bird’s-foot trefoil?

None of the above! It’s a strigose lotus growing along the side of Santiago Canyon Road, identifiable by its thin leaves. See how much better I’m getting at identifying my local wildflowers? But I still have a few mystery blooms that I can’t seem to place. I’ll figure them out eventually.

April 3, 2019 — Orange County, California

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