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SPRING 2018 POPPY SEASON ABOUT TO BLOOM

March 12, 2018

By

Michael Powell

With

Marsha Neill & Bob Waidner

 

Although very late this year, the 2018 poppy season is finally about to bloom. The season’s first poppy buds were finally observed during the researchers’ Reserve visit on 12 Mar ’18. As typical, the first buds were located at the center of the poppy plant; see Figure 1.

The observed buds were all recently formed so it will still be a few days before the first poppy blossoms will be open.  Once the bud is formed, a short blossom stem grows before the bud opens and none of the observed buds showed any sign of stem growth. Although we checked random poppy plants for buds throughout the visit, all of the half dozen or so poppy buds found were located very near the western end of the south leg of the Poppy Loop Trail; just south of the junction with the Tehachapi Vista Trail.


The primary objectives for this Reserve visit were to record the rain gauge rainfall from the 10 Mar ’18 rainstorm, re-inventory the permanent monitoring plot near the Visitor Center, and inventory several locations along the south leg of the Poppy Loop Trail. In addition, general observations were made documenting the different plant species now with open blossoms.


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"NEWS FLASH”

START OF SPRING 2018 WILDFLOWER SEASON COINCIDES WITH POPPY RESERVE VISITORS CENTER OPENING

By

Michael Powell

With

Marsha Neill & Bob Waidner


Coincidentally, the Poppy Reserve’s 2018 spring wildflower season effectively started on 28 February; one day before the Reserve’s Visitors Center opened.   Although the spring wildflower season more typically starts with the blooming of the yellow blossomed slender keel fruit, after this dry winter the spring season has started with finding the first open forget-me-nots blossoms (typically, another early blooming plant species) but, because the blossoms are so tiny, a magnifying glass is almost needed to see them, see Figure 1.



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