Plant ID forum: Small Fuzzy Plants

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La Mesa, CA
Nov 11, 2017 11:50 PM CST
I saw these plants in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in San Diego County on 11/11/2017. Anybody recognize them? I wish I'd taken the time to get a closeup of the flowers. I'm not even sure they are flowers -- they looked dry.

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Name: Lin
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Nov 12, 2017 11:25 AM CST
The first plant that came to my mind was Spotted Spurge (Euphorbia maculata) although I don't know if that one grows out west. I found this page that shows a list of Spurges found in San Diego county: and one in particular that grows in the area you referenced: Carrizo Mountain Sandmat (Euphorbia pediculifera) but unfortunately no one has added photos to our database yet.

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Nov 12, 2017 4:39 PM CST
Those look like those little burr seed pods that get stuck in your socks. Did you see any leaves? How big were the plants? How big were the little ... flower/seed pods?
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La Mesa, CA
Nov 13, 2017 10:24 AM CST
It's not sandmat. Sandmat hugs the ground. This plant grows up away from the ground like most plants. And they look very different, although it may be hard to tell just from these photos. I didn't see any leaves. The flower/seed pods were no more than 1/4" across. Maybe less. The plant itself was maybe a foot or two tall.

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