Panorama of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve
Plants of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve

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Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpus (bigpod ceanothus)

Uncommon native perennial shrub found in Chaparral on the higher points of the Preserve. Flowers are white. Blooms in winter though early spring.

Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpus (Bigpod Ceanothus) NATIVE. Pictured in winter.


Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpus (Bigpod Ceanothus) NATIVE. Pictured in winter.


Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpus (Bigpod Ceanothus) NATIVE. Pictured in winter.


Close up of the fruit and leaf in summer.


Close up of the "receptacle" of the fruit once the fruit has dropped off (reminiscent of the Mercedes Benz symbol as seen in late summer to fall.