Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Monday - March 09, 2015

From: Santa Rosa, CA
Region: California
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Indentification of yellow four-petaled plant in Sonoma County CA
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Yellow four-petaled plant - low to the ground. Along the coast of CA in Sonoma County (near Bodega Bay) Might be Frying Pan but I can't find a decent description or the botanical name to look it up. Thanks

ANSWER:

Eschscholzia lobbii (Frying pans) is a relative of Eschscholzia californica (California poppy).  Although E. lobbii is not shown to occur in Sonoma County, it is shown to occur in adjacent Napa and Mendocino Counties on the distribution map of the USDA Plants Database.

Both Eschscholzia caespitosa (Tufted poppy) and Eschscholzia californica (California poppy) occur in Sonoma County as shown on their respective USDA Plants Database distribution maps: (E. caespitosa) and (E. californica).

E. hypecoides (San Benito poppy) occurs in adjacent Mendocino County.

None of the other species in the Genus Eschscholzia (California poppies) listed by the USDA Plants Database occurs in, or adjacent to, Sonoma County.

You can see a key to the Genus Eschscholzia on the Flora of North America website and you can find a description of E. lobbii there, too.

You can see photos of E. lobbii, E. californica, E. caespitosa and E. hypecoides at CalPhotosBerkeley.

 

More Plant Identification Questions

Difference between Convallaria majalis and Convallaria majuscula
May 17, 2012 - How do you tell the difference in the native convallaria from the European species?
view the full question and answer

Plant identification
July 28, 2010 - I am trying to identify a plant that was given as a gift.It is growing outside in a pot, it is about 20 inches tall. Has green leaves on top, purple underneath and lovely purple flowers. Seems to lik...
view the full question and answer

Plant Identification
June 29, 2011 - I live in east Austin Texas, close to Manor. I was pulling a particular "weed" out of the cracks of my driveway on 06-12-11. This weed has always reminded me of moss rose, but the flowers are not as...
view the full question and answer

Plant identification
May 24, 2009 - It is a small, thin vine growing in the grass in the shadier parts of the lawn. Every 3-4 inches it has two thin stems about three inches long sprouting from almost exactly the same place on the vine...
view the full question and answer

Book for identifying Texas plants by dichotomous key from Seguin TX
October 12, 2009 - What is the best book(s) for identifying Texas plants using a dichotomous key?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.