California tree poppy being visited by honey bees

The fried egg plant (when you go birding, you’re supposed to come home with pictures of birds)

Out & About San Diego

I went birdwatching early this morning with the San Diego Beginning Birders. We headed out to Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, a place that I had never explored before even though it’s right across the freeway from SeaWorld San Diego:

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

 

Although I saw a lot of interesting birds, including an American kestrel, I didn’t really get any good pictures. My 250mm lens is great for the birds at my bird feeders but still too short for out-in-the-wild birdwatching. Christmas….

However, I was more intrigued by a plant that I found near the visitor center:

California tree poppy

 

That’s a California tree poppy (Romneya coulteri), also known as a Matilija poppy and a fried egg plant. It is native to southern California and northern Mexico.

It has the largest flowers of any species native to California, with flowers usually about eight inches in diameter but capable of getting up to twelve inches in diameter.

It was nominated in 1890 for California state flower but lost to the California poppy. I would have voted for the tree poppy.

Here are some more pictures.

California tree poppy

 

California tree poppy

 

California tree poppy

 

One thing I discovered about this plant is that you have to be very careful around it:

California tree poppy being visited by honey bees

 

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7 thoughts on “The fried egg plant (when you go birding, you’re supposed to come home with pictures of birds)

  1. Maggie L R

    I can see why they would be called a fried egg plant… but to me they appear to be made out of paper… I have never seen anything like it… Thank you for sharing this most unusual flower.

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