Bryant DeRoy is the author of today’s entry. He is going to work on a series on liverworts to conclude his time as a work-learn student with Botany Photo of the Day, to be featured next week.
Today’s photograph is again from James Gaither (aka J.G. in S.F.@Flickr). In the previous entry featuring his photography, commenter Wendy Cutler pointed out that Jim passed away last year. I visited some of Jim’s favourite sites to photograph while I was on vacation, and thought of him quite often — he truly excelled at combining artistry with technique.
Limnanthes douglasii subsp. douglasii is commonly known as the poached egg plant or yellow and white Douglas’ meadowfoam. This annual species is a member of the Limnanthaceae, or meadowfoam family. This species is native to both California and Oregon, and is often found in moist to wet grassy meadow environments and/or near vernal pools. Although it seems to prefer well-drained soils, it can tolerate poorly-drained soils as well (e.g., those of claypan vernal pools). It self-seeds very efficiently and tends to naturalize given the right conditions; in some cases this can cause unwanted naturalization in lawns.