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Category: Idyllwild Botany

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 […]

Idyllwild Botany: Travails of a lemon lily …

Idyllwild Botany: Travails of a lemon lily …

[Several days ago] Tom and I visited my favorite lemon lily. I am happy to report it is still standing tall and strong, and has produced an abundance of seeds. I have known this lily since 2007 and have recently begun to study it. I wish I could single out more individual lilies to study, […]

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany... The past leads us to the present

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany… The past leads us to the present

Last week, Tom [Chester] and I went on yet another hunt for the rare Cliff cinquefoil (Potentilla rimicola), this time at a site that produced three reports from a host of people on the same day in 1924. I can only imagine that there must have been a party of botanists on a field trip […]

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany: Fire followers …

While fire appears to be devastating to the plants in the forest, for some it is beneficial if not essential. These are often called fire followers and require some aspect of a fire to thrive. The mechanisms are many. Some trees require heat to release their seeds. Fire may burn away inhibitory chemicals in the […]

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