Poodle-dog Bush Along the PCT Near Islip Saddle

Nope, my eyes weren’t deceiving me, the hiker was carrying his full-size poodle up the trail. I was running down the PCT, east of Islip Saddle, after a run/hike to Mt. Hawkins and Throop Peak. I’m guessing the hiker was carrying his dog to keep it out of the Poodle-dog Bush on both sides of … Continue reading Poodle-dog Bush Along the PCT Near Islip Saddle

Poodle-dog Bush Near the Top of the Mt. Wilson Trail

The Mt. Wilson – Chantry Flat loop is a favorite that I run a couple times a year. Including a little bonus mileage to get to the Mt. Wilson parking lot before the gate opens, the run is about 18 miles long and gains/loses about 4500′ of elevation. The main trails in the loop are … Continue reading Poodle-dog Bush Near the Top of the Mt. Wilson Trail

Bigcone ENSO Prediction, Poodle-dog Bush Blues, and a Surprise on Kenyon Devore

I’d paused to rinse my arms and legs, hoping to wash away at least a little of the poison oak and Poodle-dog bush I’d been unable to avoid. I was at a small spring part way up the Kenyon Devore Trail, doing a variation of a loop that my son and I had done a … Continue reading Bigcone ENSO Prediction, Poodle-dog Bush Blues, and a Surprise on Kenyon Devore

Stem fasciation in Eriodictyon parryi (Poodle-dog bush)

The photograph above is of an example of a bizarre malformation in plants known as stem fasciation — in this case in Eriodictyon parryi (Poodle-dog bush). The normally round stem of the plant has been transformed into a thick ribbon-like structure, many times the size of a normal stem. The photo is from a recent … Continue reading Stem fasciation in Eriodictyon parryi (Poodle-dog bush)

Sprouting Poodle-dog Bush Leaves

Poodle-dog bush* sprouting on “Edison” road between the West Fork San Gabriel River and Shortcut Saddle. The serration of the edges of these sprouting leaves is more pronounced than in older plants, but in my experience the toothed leaf margin is present to a varying degree on most plants. This may not always be evident … Continue reading Sprouting Poodle-dog Bush Leaves

Trail Runners Describe Reactions to Poodle-dog Bush

In a real-world test of Poodle-dog bush* exposure, during a recent training run at Mt. Wilson approximately 30 runners ran a mile-plus section of trail overgrown with the plant. Reactions varied from none at all, to at least one runner who had a strong reaction similar to my first bout with Poodle-dog bush several weeks … Continue reading Trail Runners Describe Reactions to Poodle-dog Bush

Getting Over Poodle-dog Bush Dermatitis

It’s been several weeks now since my bout of contact dermatitis from Poodle-dog bush*. The dermatitis was much better after a week, but took about two weeks to completely go away. I’ve heard this is typical, and several people commented that their Poodle-dog bush experience was similar to mine. Update July 12, 2011. A running … Continue reading Getting Over Poodle-dog Bush Dermatitis

After the Station Fire: Contact Dermatitis from Eriodictyon parryi – Poodle-dog Bush

I knew Poodle-dog bush* was a common fire follower, but had never run or hiked through a burn area where it was abundant. Wow, it was everywhere on the Red Box – Bear Canyon – Gabrielino Loop last Saturday, and particularly dense on sections of the Gabrielino Trail between Switzers and Red Box. It appears … Continue reading After the Station Fire: Contact Dermatitis from Eriodictyon parryi – Poodle-dog Bush

Goldenbush Blooming in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve

If you’re a bee in the Ahmanson Ranch area, your Fall menu of wildflowers is usually pretty sparse; particularly when the previous rain year has been below normal. But life has a way of carving out a niche for itself in the toughest of circumstances. One plant you’ll find blooming in the oak grasslands of … Continue reading Goldenbush Blooming in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve

Bush Senecio on Temescal Peak

Yellow seems to be the predominant color of late-summer and fall wildflowers in Southern California. In addition to the bush Senecio pictured above; rabbitbrush, goldenbush, tarweed, telegraph weed and common sunflower come to mind. From a recent run of the Trippet Ranch loop, with a side trip to Temescal Peak.