McCall Horse Camp, off Hwy 74, San Jac. Mts., 8-14-14. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Redshanks (Ribbonwood)

Adenostoma sparsifolium

Being primarily an inland species, Adenostoma sparsifolium does not occur within Orange County. However, a dense isolated colony of about 20-30 plants occurs off Hwy 74 near the Bear Canyon Trail (at the Candy Store). It is only 1.3 miles from the Orange County border, but oddly, is 17 miles from the next closest plants, near Murrietta. The colony was discovered by Fred Roberts in 2003. It is embedded within extremely dense chaparral and is nearly impossible to get close to. The closest photo here was taken from about 150 meters away, after much bushwhacking. The more distant photo is the view of the colony from Bear Canyon Trail. Binoculars are helpful.

Native to dry slopes or chaparral of Southern California and northern Baja California

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McCall Horse Camp, off Hwy 74, San Jac. Mts., 8-14-14. © Ron Vanderhoff.

McCall Horse Camp, off Hwy 74, San Jac. Mts., 8-14-14. © Ron Vanderhoff.
 

Bear Canyon, 400M SE Hwy 74, 7-30-15. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Bear Canyon, 400M SE Hwy 74, 7-30-15. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Rancho Santa Ana BG, 10-26-14. © Ron Vanderhoff.