Equipment used for science field work on a green background. Equipment includes an NPS Ranger shirt, hat, sunglasses, boot, binoculars, radio, field guides and knife.

Cabrillo Field Notes – The Bloomin’ Broom

One of the amazing things about the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community out at Cabrillo National Monument is the ever-changing species that are in bloom. Each of these species has a specific phenology, or specific seasonal changes that occur that occur in plants from year to year–such as flowering–especially their timing and relationship with weather and climate. Such is the case for the Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis) and Broom Baccharis (Baccharis sarothoides) as they go through their seasonal blooming. However, the Hybrid Desertbroom (Baccharis sarothroides x pilularis) is a mix of both species and one of the fall blooming plants within the Coastal Sage Scrub here at Cabrillo National Monument.

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