I live in Butte County, so we're close neighbors leeanconnor :). I've seen the same plant before in my area many times, it really does look a lot like dill! I find the http://www.enature.com/fieldguides very helpful in identifying the numerous local wildflowers. You can sort by flower structure, color, state, and habitat if you choose "advanced search." It includes many both native and non-native species.
Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Ogon, good to meet locals on DG! We have some incredible species of brodia and wild flowers especially as related to vernal pools in our pasture here in Corning. I cannot wait to start identifying them . I am checking the link now. and i have camera in hand... the pictures have inspired me to find out what they are. :-)
Ogon, indeed we are lucky, if not blessed to be living here in Northern California. Ive lived in so many places and south america and the place i always will always call home in Northern Cal... we just moved to the place we have now... and its awesome to know we have a bit of the native loveliness/ biodiversity which is disappearing at an alarming rate... we hope to identify and preserve and propagate any rare or threatened native plants... this particular plant showed up in my corn field and i feel bad picking it out / weeding it.. until i at least know what it is.. and if need be... i will replant it. thanks for the great links.. very inspiring.
I am SO glad to have found your picture of this plant. I have the same thing growing among my flowers up here in Alaska. I did the same thing as you. I have let it grow thinking it was some type of wild dill. Have you had any luck identifying it? I checked out those web sites listed on this forum and am very sure that its not any type of Linanthus. When looking through pictures of common weeds and flowers up here I have come up with nothing. The lady at the local nursery was not able to say either. Hopefully you have been more successful. I would love to be able to dry it and use it as a spice, but want to make sure that it is edible first.
I really think you are right... So obviously it is not native.. .. I am very grateful to finally have figured it out.. It is not in season now.. as its an annual... I will confirm and review this again.. when i see it come back up...
Altgardener.. thank you...i had a chance to review the spergularia in our area... now i know of more about our native species... very grateful to learn more... I want to do all i can to protect our natives. We have a pasture of 20 acres in tehama where most of the land is disturbed by agriculture...and our land is host to a number of vernal pools . We have so many native wildlflowers and interesting species just on our property that you dont find on the neighbors... so knowing more about our natives helps me in that endeavor to protect them and their habitats...
And yes although original Japson Manual (1925) recorded only three species of Spergularia, the revised Manual by Hickman (1993) records 9 species (11 taxa) from California: S. atrosperma, S. bocconei, S. canadensis var. occidentalis, S. macrotheca var. macrotheca, S. macrotheca var. leucantha, S. macrotheca var. longistyla, S. marina, S. media (S. maritima may be correct name), S. platensis, S. rubra and S. villosa.
Athough I am not very familiar with Plants of USA, but I am trying to learn about them (my area of study being N. W. Himalayas) in my last four short visits to Sunnyvale since 2008. Incidentally my last book Plant Systematics: An Integrated approach, published from USA (Science Publishers) in 2010 contains nearly 500 colour photographs and another 700 on CD ROM, majority photographed here in California.
If you are referring back to altagardener's comment, the statement there is that there are only three species that occur in Tehama county...not only three in the whole state of CA. So while you're correct that there are 9 species that occur in CA, only a few of them occur in Tehama county.
Dr. Singh, I am very impressed by your knowledge and was astonished by all your published books and papers! I goggled you!. I feel honored that you should reply on the thread. :) N W Hymalaya study of flora, wow. that must be inspiring, to study such a bio diverse hotspot .
California and Hawaii are also listed as biodiversity hotspot. check the map http://gis.tnc.org/data/MapbookWebsite/getimage.php?id=37
with the development of rural lands into housing projects, many species are disappearing quickly here in California. Ignorance and lack of interest in the protection of flora has also contributed greatly to their depletion on farms and ranch lands that get plowed for agricultural crops. We are still discovering how bio diverse california really is.. as we discover new species. For example in Sanfrancisco scientific station just in the past 5 years, 32 new plant species have been found.
I will message you with some nice pictures of California wild flowers and flora perhaps you might find interesting or could add to your collection. I also believe i have discovered a new species of orocut grass, considered rare in our area. but it is different. perhaps you could have a look. i will post for review...as soon as i get the picts.