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Idyllwild Botany: Oracle oaks …

This is the Reader’s Digest condensed version of my thoughts about Oracle Oaks (Quercus X morehus). I have been conducting surveys over the last three winters. Since I do not have a working knowledge of genetics, these thoughts are based solely on observations with some questions and conjectures thrown in. Some of these ideas have […]

Idyllwild Botany: Lemon lilies need post-fire protection …

This is a very sad time for the Lemon Lilies of Tahquitz Valley in the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s another example of just how tough it is to be a Lemon Lily. The Mountain Fire burned an area where Tom Chester and I counted a healthy reproducing population of 2,667 Lemon Lilies in 2009. This […]

Idyllwild Botany: Lemon Lily population in (a small part of) Tahquitz Valley …

Idyllwild Botany: Lemon Lily population in (a small part of) Tahquitz Valley …

Last year was a rough year for Lemon Lilies in the San Jacintos. So I was anxious to get back up to the higher elevations of the mountain to investigate this year’s blooms. On Tuesday, June 18, I met Tom Chester and Adrienne Ballwey at Humber Park. We three hiked together as far as Saddle […]

Idyllwild County Parks flora update

Idyllwild County Parks flora update

On Friday, May 10, Tom Chester, Keir Morse, Adrienne Balway and I conducted a botany survey …

Idyllwild Botany: Idyllwild County Park flora update …

This afternoon I spent about two hours moseying around lower Strawberry Creek, upstream from the bridge crossing on Highway 74. I did not go far, nor did I intend to. The route up the creek from the highway is no less daunting than the route down from the grotto.

Idyllwild Botany: Idyllwild County Park flora upadate …

As of Nov. 29, the web page http://tchester.org/sj/flora/idyllwild_park.html for the [Tom] Chester and [Dave] Stith et al flora of the county park has been updated with more photos and maps. Chester added some really cool new features. Now you can click on the scientific name for a complete botanical description of each species including which […]

Idyllwild Botany: Idyllwild County Park botanical report …

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Tom Chester and I made a long overdue return to the Idyllwild County Park in order to survey and document the vegetation along Idyllwild Creek, which is on the east and south edge of the meadow and the opposite side from Lilly Creek. In 2010, we studied and documented the park […]

Idyllwild Botany: The journey to Jean …

Idyllwild Botany: The journey to Jean …

This botanical season has unintentionally become one of personal firsts for both Tom [Chester] and me. Three out of the last four hikes have been to areas on the mountain that we had never been to before. It began when we learned that there was a route to Deer Springs.   This information kindled a […]

Idyllwild Botany: Deer Springs or bust …

Idyllwild Botany: Deer Springs or bust …

As I have matured (read gotten older), often the journey has become more important than the destination. The exception to that rule came on our last hike. Deer Springs originates just below the summit of Marion Mountain at an elevation of right around 10,000 feet.   As one of the headwaters of the North Fork […]

Idyllwild Botany: Travails of a lemon lily …

Idyllwild Botany: Travails of a lemon lily …

It is a very bad year for lemon lilies in the San Jacinto Mountains, or at least the portion of Tahquitz Valley that we surveyed on July 16. On June 16, we did a walk which started my concern about this area.   We have seen dozens of lilies blooming in the bracken field in […]

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