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April 2013

CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt to Focus on Deserts and Central Coast in 2013

This year, the CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH) has received funding to focus on the California deserts and the Central Coast. Funding comes from the Bureau of Land Management for the desert and the central coast project is funded by the National Forest Foundation (for surveys in the wilderness areas of Los Padres National Forest), the California Coastal Commission's WHALE TAIL® Coastal Protection License Plate Grants Program, and from an anonymous donor. Many CNPS chapters are also leading trips around the state. See below or click here to find a trip or training near you! All levels of experience are welcome.

Here is a list of upcoming Central Coast and NorCal RPTH trips to date. Check back frequently as new trips are listed as soon as they are scheduled.

May 5th - Junipero Serra Peak (Monterey Co.)
May 11th-13th - Pine Ridge / Tassajara Hot Springs Backpack (Monterey Co.)
May 16th - Sierra Azul Open Space (Santa Clara Co.)
May 18th - Worn Spring Grasslands (Marin Co.)
May 18th - San Francisco City RPTH (SF Co.)
May 20th - 22nd - North Coast Ridge Rd. Car Camp (Monterey Co.)
May 25th - 27th - Cone Peak Car Camp (Monterey Co.)
June 5th - 7th - Pine Ridge Trail / Sykes Hot Springs Backpack (Monterey Co.)
June 8th - Andrew Molera State Park (Monterey Co.)
June 14th - 16th - Alder Creek Botanical Area Car Camp / Optional Mt. Bike (Monterey Co.)
June 28th - 30th - Lion's Den Botanical Area Backpack/ Car Camp Rendezvous (Monterey Co.)

Junipero Serra Peak (Monterey County)
Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Join members of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance for a hike to the top of Junipero Serra Peak from the Indians Ranch. The Peak is host to some very rare plants including Santa Lucia bedstraw (Galium clementis), Hickman's checkerbloom (Sidalcea hickmanii ssp. hickmanii), and Santa Cruz Mountains pussypaws (Calyptridium parryi var. hesseae). We'll also look for other rare plants that may have sprung up since the 2008 Basin Fire.

This is a strenuous day hike - about 12 miles round trip and with almost 4000 ft. of elevation gain. We won't race up the mountain, but be sure that you are in good enough shape to make the hike. Participants are encouraged to camp with us at the Indians the night before, so we can get an early start and hit the trail by about 8AM. Bring plenty of water, a lunch, extra snacks, sun protection, and dress appropriately for the weather. Also, bring any botany supplies (hand lens, flora, GPS unit, camera) that you have. Email for details and to reserve your spot.

Pine Ridge / Church Creek / Tassajara Hot Springs (Monterey County)
Saturday, May 11th - Monday, May 13th, 2013

Join us for a backpacking trip to Pine Ridge and Pine Valley, a botanical hotspot in the eastern Ventana Wilderness. We'll hike in from China Camp to Pine Valley and set up a base camp on Day 1 (~4 miles), have a full day of botanizing and hiking (without our heavy packs!) on Day 2, then hike out the Church Creek trail on Day 3 (~6 miles). We'll be on the lookout for a rare mint (Clinopodium mimuloides), Abrams' lupine (Lupinus albifrons var. abramsii), talus fritillary (Fritillaria falcate) and other rare plants. After 3 days of hiking and botanizing, those who are interested can reward themselves with a visit to Tassajara Hot Springs!

This is a moderately strenuous trip - there is no serious climbing, but participants should be prepared to hike up to 6 or 7 miles with a pack on. For those who are interested in waking up later on Saturday morning, we will have a car camp at China Camp on the night of Friday, May 10th. Bring your own backpacking gear (although some loaner equipment may be available; please inquire), food, sun protection, and appropriate clothing. Also, bring any botany supplies (hand lens, flora, GPS unit, camera) that you have. Email to RSVP. Please reserve your spot for this trip early, especially if you want to visit Tassajara Hot Springs. A visit to the Springs costs $30, and reservations are required in advance.

Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve near Loma Prieta (Santa Clara County)
Thursday, May 16th, 2012

This trip is a great opportunity to visit a part of the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve that is not normally open to the public! The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) owns lands within a half mile of Loma Prieta, a privately-owned rare plant hotspot. The MROSD property has some similar habitats to Loma Prieta peak, so this will be an exploratory survey to search for new rare plant occurrences. Some of the plants we may see include Loma Prieta hoita (Hoita strobilina), arcuate bush-mallow (Malacothamnus arcuatus), and Santa Cruz Mountains pussypaws (Calyptridium parryi var. hesseae).

Send RSVPs for this trip to Plan to be out in the field for most of the day. Specific meeting time/location is still TBD, but will be announced when available. Or send us an email to be notified of the meeting details. Be sure to bring a lunch, water, sun protection, and any botany supplies you have (hand lens, GPS, camera, field notebook, and floras).

San Francisco City-wide RPTH (San Francisco County)
May 18th - 9AM-1PM

This is an exciting opportunity to observe and document some of the rare plants that have survived in this urban hotspot of biodiversity! Three separate groups will start out at different locations, then convene for a lunch at Heron's Head Park. The meeting locations include Fort Funston, Bayview Hill Natural Area, and Heron's Head Park. RSVP to, and state which group you'd like to join. Specific meeting locations and target species will be announced in the coming weeks.

North Coast Ridge Road Car Camping w/ optional overnight backpack (Monterey County)
May 20th-22nd

On this trip, we'll be camping with members of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance near Big Sur along North Coast Ridge Road, which is not normally open to vehicles. This will give us a chance to quickly get to many remote sites in the Wilderness! We'll hike many of the nearby trails and also search along the road corridor for rare plants and noxious weeds. On the target species list we have Clarkia jolonensis, Malacothamnus palmeri var. lucianus and Abies bracteata, but we'll search for many others as well. Depending on the interest and size of the group, some of us may backpack for one night to botanize some of the more remote trails. Hikes will be anywhere from easy-moderate to moderately-strenuous, depending on the participants' interest.

There are restrictions on the number of vehicles we can bring to this site, so please let us know in advance if you would like to join this trip. Email for details and to RSVP.

Memorial Day Cone Peak Car Camping (Monterey County)
May 25th-27th

What better way to spend your Memorial Day than camping, and looking for rare plants while you're doing it?! With special permission for the USFS, we'll drive to near the top of Cone Peak, near Big Sur for a weekend campout. On the peak itself, we'll search for a number of rare species: we'll test out our plant ID skills by surveying for two rare species of bedstraw, Galium clementis and Galium hardhamiae. We'll also look for some showier plants, such as the most beautiful jewelflower (Streptanthus albidus ssp. peramoenus). In addition to the peak itself, we'll plan on hiking some of the nearby trails in search of these species, other rare plants, and noxious weeds. Hikes will be easy-moderate to strenuous, depending on the interest of the group. There may also be an option for an overnight backpack with part of the group. For details and to RSVP send an email to

Pine Ridge Trail / Sykes Hot Springs Backpacking (Monterey County)
June 5th-7th

This is the most popular trail in the Ventana Wilderness, but unfortunately it is also the most heavily impacted one. We are doing this trip on weekdays to avoid the big crowds. Because of the heavy impacts along the trail, documenting the rare plants and noxious weeds here is especially important for helping the USFS to improve management of the trail and surrounding land. Several occurrences of Dudley's lousewort (Pedicularis dudleyi) have been found nearby, so we'll search for new occurrences of it, as well as many other rare plants.

We'll hike 11 miles from Big Sur to Sykes Hot Springs in the first day of the trip. On the second day, we'll do an easier day hike with botanizing on nearby trails without our packs. On Day 3, we'll hike back along the Pine Ridge Trail. For details and to RSVP send an email to

Andrew Molera State Park (Monterey County)
June 8th, 10AM-4PM

This State Park on the coast is host to a number of showy rare plants, such as the Little Sur Manzanita (Arctostaphylos edmundsii), adobe sanicle (Sanicula maritima), Hutchinson's larkspur (Delphinium hutchinsoniae), and Dudley's lousewort (Pedicularis dudleyi). However, we only have a small amount of data on the distribution of these rare plants in the park, so we'll search the park for new occurrences of these and other rare plants.

Meet at 10AM at the pullout on the east side of Hwy 1, at the intersection with Coast Rd. The spot is about 20 south of Carmel, and across Hwy 1 from Andrew Molera State Park. We may be able get the $10 entrance fee to the park waived. To RSVP and get more details, send an email to

Alder Creek Botanical Area Car Camp / Optional Mountain Bike (Monterey Co.)
June 14th - 16th

The Alder Creek Botanical Area is in the Silver Peak Wilderness, just north of the Monterey / San Luis Obispo County border. The area has a lot of serpentine soils and is at the northern extent of many southern plant species, so it has a very unique flora. We'll hike in the botanical area and along nearby trails in search of rare plants and noxious weeds, and we may even be able to find some range extensions for serpentine-endemics that are not currently known from Monterey County! We'll search for two rare bedstraws (Galium clementis and Galium hardhamiae), late-flowering mariposa lily (Calochortus fimbriatus), and Palmer's monardella (Monardella palmeri), as well as many other species.

Since we are car camping, this trip has options for folks with a lots different hiking abilities, from easy-moderate to strenuous. In addition to hiking, a small group could do a survey that requires mountain bikes. The Lottie Potrero Camp is a botanically interesting site, but it is about 5 miles from the point when the road becomes impassible to larger vehicles, making mountain bikes the best method to reach the site. We'll have room for at least 2 mountain bikes on a rack, so please let us know if you are interested in bringing a bike out. We'll camp at an unofficial campsite along South Coast Ridge Road near the Alder Creek Botanical Area. For more details and to RSVP, send an email to Remember to bring any botany supplies you have, including a hand lens, GPS, camera, field notebook, and floras.

Lion's Den Botanical Area and Cruickshank Trail Backpacking / Optional Car Camp Rendezvous
June 28th-30th

On this trip, we'll backpack along a loop that covers some spectacular botanical sites in the Silver Peak Wilderness, right by the Monterey / San Luis Obispo County border. We'll start at the Salmon Creek Guard Station and hike through the Southern Redwood Botanical Area - where the coast redwoods reach their southern extent! We'll continue along the trail to camp at an established wilderness campsite. On Day 2, we'll hike the Cruickshank Trail to the Lion's Den Botanical Area, which is host to many rare plants, such as late-flowering Mariposa Lily (Calochortus fimbriatus), Bishop manzanita (Arctostaphylos obispoensis), and Hardham's bedstraw (Galium hardhamiae). We may also be able to find some range extensions for plants like Santa Lucia mint (Pogogyne clareana) or yellow-flowered eriastrum (Eriastrum luteum). On Day 3, we'll hike back to the Salmon Creek Guard Station via the Salmon Creek Trail.

On this trip, we won't hike more than about 5 miles per day, so there will be plenty of time for botanizing. However, the trail climbs about 3000 ft. to Lion's Den, so hiking will be moderately strenuous. Since Lion's Den is accessible via South Coast Ridge Road, car campers can rendezvous with us at Lion's Den Camp on June 29th. For more details and to RSVP, send a message to Remember to bring any botany supplies you have, including a hand lens, GPS, camera, field notebook, and floras.

Happy Earth Day!

On Saturday the 20th, a team of CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunters wandered into the Algodones Dunes Wilderness to help some visiting botanists from Sweden locate the unusual Pholisma sonorae (desert sand food). We searched for hours in near 100 degree temps, finally locating a few individuals. This species is under great threat from off highway recreational vehicles, and even in the closed wilderness area this rare plant was difficult to locate.

We were joined by David Varner and Ed Kentner from the San Diego Chapter, and camped Saturday evening in spectacular McCain Valley. Sunday morning the 21st (happy birthday John Muir!) we visited a number of populations of Linanthus bellus (desert beauty) that are only known from a few localities in California. In McCain Valley, they are now under threat from the Tule wind project that begins bulldozing in the very near future.

Continue reading on the RPTH blog.

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Blitz Trainings Scheduled

Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a serious exotic disease, is threatening the survival of tanoak and several oak species in California. Currently SOD is found in the wildlands of 14 coastal California counties, from Monterey to Humboldt. To track the spread of sudden oak death in Northern California, UC Berkeley and CNPS are holding several "SOD Blitz" meetings to train residents to identify the infection, use mapping tools and learn about treatments.

Learn how to identify infection and to use the distribution maps at the following SOD Blitz trainings:

San Luis Obispo - Friday, May 3, 6:30 PM
Carmel Valley & Monterey - Saturday, May 4, 1:00 PM
San Francisco - Tuesday, May 7, 9:00 AM
Mendocino - Saturday, May 11, 10:00 Am
South Bay - Two meetings to choose from on Saturday, May 18
Penninsula - Two meetings to choose from on Saturday, May 25
Atherton - Saturday June 1, 10:00 AM
Los Altos Hills - Saturday, June 8, 10:00 AM
Sonoma - Three meetings to choose from on Saturday, June 15
Napa - Saturday June 15, 10:00 AM

Click here for the location and contact information for each SOD Blitz training session.

Living Wild

Living Wild, Gardening, Cooking, and Healing with Native Plants of California is part of CNPS Redbud Chapter member Alicia Goldberg Funk's Living Wild Project. Alicia first learned plant-based medicine in 1990 from an indigenous grandmother in Ecuador's rainforest and has accumulated over 20 years of expertise in the field of natural living and wellness. The expanded second edition of Living Wild offers a deep awareness of the landscape with advice on cultivating more than 100 native plant species and enjoying this natural abundance for sustainable wild food cuisine and herbal medicine remedies. 100% of book profits go to support CNPS. Order through the CNPS online bookstore or get a personally signed book and ask your questions on edible natives at one of the upcoming Living Wild Project booksignings. Living Wild events are scheduled frequently, so keep checking the schedule for a program in your area.

Coming up on Thursday, June 13, Nevada City: Hike, Eat, & Drink on the Wild Side. Click here for more information. See also the CNPS workshop (below) newly scheduled for July 24 co-taught by Alicia and Farrell Cunningham. Registration will open very soon for this in depth training opportunity.

Upcoming CNPS Workshops

Further details are available at Contact Josie Crawford for more information.

Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations
Instructor: John Willoughby
Bodega Marine Lab and Reserve
May 7-9, 2013

Lupine and Workshop Participants - Josie CrawfordTopics cover principles of sampling and several sampling designs, field techniques for measuring vegetation, analyzing monitoring data and presenting results. Participants will receive a copy of the BLM-published book, Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations, by Caryl Elzinga, Dan Salzer, and John Willoughby, a notebook of all materials covered and a CD with additional materials to help with monitoring programs.

Cost: CNPS members $395; Non-members $420
3 nights lodging and meals: ($96/day) $288*
2 nights lodging and meals: $192

*Note that the workshop begins at 8:00am on Tuesday, so most of us will arrive late Monday. Dinner Monday is included in cost above for 3 nights lodging and meals. Lodging rooms may need to be shared with one other person.

Riparian and Wetland Plant Identification
Instructor: David Magney
Casitas Springs Community Center, Ventura
May 21-22, 2013

This is an intensive introductory/intermediate course on riparian and wetland plant identification and ecology. It is geared towards anyone who wants or needs to improve their knowledge and skills about riparian/wetland plants. Emphasis will be given to southern California species and habitats; however, information learned in this class will be readily applicable throughout California and elsewhere.

Cost: CNPS Members $310; Non-members $335

Riparian Ecology and Restoration
Instructors: Bruce Orr and Amy Merrill
Davis and various locations
June 5-7, 2013

Bruce Orr is for Riparian Ecology and RestorationThis workshop will include a day of lecture and discussion that provides a conceptual framework for riparian ecology and the natural processes that sustain riparian systems (day 1). The remaining days will include at-site lectures and field visits to riparian areas within a one to two hour drive of Davis. The workshop begins in Davis, the second day is at Cosumnes Preserve, and the third day begins on Mount Tamalpais and ends at Muir Beach, in Marin County.

Cost: CNPS members $395; Non-members $420. 

Ecology of Edible and Medicinal Natives
Instructors: Alicia Funk and Farrell Cunningham
Nevada City
July 24, 2013

elderberriesThis classroom and field course will give participants the knowledge of how to combine available science, traditional knowledge and current interest in wild foods as a basis for instruction in the sustainable use of native plants. The classroom section will focus on the scientific information supporting native plants for food and health, as well as top priorities for additional research and an overview of sustainability issues. Participants will receive hands-on demonstrations of current processing methods of edible and medicinal native plants and sample recipes. The field portion will be conducted at 3,000' in the Sierra Nevada region, near Nevada City, California, with views of Donner Summit and the Yuba River, and will focus on identifying edible and medicinal natives in the field and reviewing uses within traditional, Native American ecology. Registration opens soon!

Cost: CNPS members $175 Non-members $200.

Details and registration for all workshops:

Chapter Events - A Sampling from Around the State

To connect to your local chapter, or to find other events in your region, see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters.

San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Field Trip: Lower Arroyo Seco Nature Park, Pasadena
Wednesday, May 1 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Lots to like here: a shady, leafy path next to a gurgling stream, birds singing in the bushes, good friends, close to home, plus learning to tell apart the seven species of the willow family, Salicaceae, that grow here. For a sneak peak, click here to view a pdf of the willows of Lower Arroyo Seco. Leader Jane Strong. Directions: Exit the 134 Freeway at Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena and go south on Orange Grove. Turn right onto California Boulevard and right again onto Arroyo Boulevard. The park entrance is on the left, just before Norwood Drive. Look for the three-tier "LOWER ARROYO PARK" sign. Restrooms and parking are available at the bottom of the hill. Alternatively, take the 110 Freeway north until its end and continue north on Arroyo Seco Parkway. Turn left onto California Boulevard. When California ends, turn right onto Arroyo Boulevard and look for the park entrance on the left, just before Norwood Drive.

Orange County Chapter

OCCNPS Native Plant Garden Tour
Saturday, May 4 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Once again, OC-CNPS is sponsoring a free, one-day self-guided tour of gardens featuring all or mostly native plants all around Orange County. The date of this year's garden tour is Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10:00 to 4:00. Don't miss this unique opportunity to visit gardens that are not open for public viewing, gardens that in addition to their unique design also attract native birds and butterflies. These gardens are living proof that California native plants can be integrated successfully into the home landscape. Registration is required.

Redbud Chapter

In Celebration of Nature Show and Plant Sale
Saturday, May 4 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is hosting its annual plant sale at a joint event with the Sierra College Natural History Museum. Known for having one of the widest selection of California Native Plants, the plant sale will include Cornflower Farms from Elk Grove, High Ranch Nursery and Sierra View Nursery from Loomis, Floral Native Nursery from Chico, Native Springs Nursery from Durham, grower Steve Doty from El Dorado Hills and many other nurseries from around the state. A list of plants can be found on the Redbud Chapter website at The sale will also include wildflower seeds, books, posters and cards, an informational booth with educational displays and a tea tasting featuring teas made from various native plants. The wildflower show will display more than 150 types of flowering plants! Admission to the plant sale is free and CNPS members can gain early entry at 8:30 AM. The museum will be hosting lectures, tours and activities as well. Admission to the museum is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677.

San Diego Chapter

Tecolote Canyon Park Walk
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 AM - noon

The California Native Plant Society leads a free walk Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10am-12noon in Tecolote Canyon. Learn 10 native plants and their importance in the environment. Moderately strenuous. Please bring water, hat, sun screen and sturdy shoes. Location: Tecolote Canyon Park Visitors Center, 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA 92110. Meet at the corner of Gardena Ave. and Cross St. From I-5 exit Sea World Drive/Tecolote Rd. and head east on Tecolote Rd. Turn left on Morena Blvd., right on Knoxville St. Turn right on Gardena Ave. For more information call 858-405-3945.

East Bay Chapter

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and Native Plant Sale Extravaganza
May 4-5, 10 AM - 5:00 PM

The East Bay Chapter of CNPS is a co-sponsor of the annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: a free, self-guided tour of 50 Alameda and Contra Costa County native gardens on May 5. Though online registration is now closed, same day walk-in registration is available at nine registration sites. Click here for a list of locations. The plant sale portion of the weekend starts on Saturday, May 4 and includes the East Bay Chapter nursery, Native Here. You do not need to be registered or participate in the garden tour to shop! Click here for a list of participating nurseries.

Sacramento Valley Chapter

Program: Native Orchids of California
Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 PM

Join us this month as we track down the sometimes elusive yet surprisingly widespread orchids of California with Raymond Prothero, Jr. Orchids are mostly found in the tropical regions, but over 40 species are also found growing wild in California. They can be found in all counties, except for Solano and Sacramento, from the high Sierra to the ocean bluffs, and even in the some of the driest desert regions of the state. Raymond will share his collection of photographs from his sleuthing and photographing native California orchids for the past 15 years. This talk is free and open to the public. Books, wildflower seeds, t-shirts, and plants from the California Native Plant Demonstration Garden are available for purchase. Refreshments provided. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park. 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Shasta Chapter

20th Annual Mother's Day Wildflower Show
Sunday, May 12 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sponsored by Shasta Chapter CNPS and Klamath National Forest. Hundreds of native plants and wildflowers will be on display at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka (Highway exit 3 off of I-5). This is a fantastic and free display and a special place to take Mom. If you would like to volunteer to help with the exhibit (Saturday or Sunday), contact Marla Knight at 841-4425 or Jay and Terri Thesken at 221-0906. For a plant sale list, click here.

Milo Baker Chapter

Thursday, May 16 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Field Trip: Nefertierra

Moderate walk on beautiful private property on bedrock of the Mayacamas Mountains with soils ranging from the Franciscan complex intruded by later volcanics and sedimentary rocks. Owner Sue Smith will lead a small group to view Ceanothus foliosus, Calochortus amabilis, and clarkias which should all be in bloom. The small grassland openings, lava outcrops, and varying slopes which favor trees or chaparral result in alternating plant communities. A plant list will be made available. Bring water, lunch, hats, long sleeves and pants. Space limited, please contact Wendy for directions and to RSVP.

El Dorado Chapter

Field Trip: Lava Cap Wildflowers on Peavine Ridge
Saturday, May 18 9:00 AM

We will be visiting spring annuals peculiar to the Miocene mudflows. This extremely diverse plant community is formed on very rocky and volcanic soils eroded from the Mehrten formation mudflow. These are herb and grass dominated openings within the Upper Montane Chaparral. These habitats support small, low growing herb species, which are adapted to high soil temps, full sunlight, and droughty conditions. Meeting Place and Time: Polluck Pines Safeway at 9:00 AM. Carpooling is advised. A high clearance vehicle will be handy to have. Easy to moderate. Bring: water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, and sturdy shoes. Contact: Annie Walker. RSVP by Friday the 17th. Note: The Sacramento Valley Chapter will be joining the El Dorado Chapter for this outing. If you'd like to carpool from Sacramento, call Pam Kirkbride 916-687-8134. For more info, see this page.

Kern County Chapter

Field Trip: Top of Rancheria Road
Saturday, May 25 8:00 AM

Clyde Golden, our chapter's Rare-Plant Chair, will lead us on a search for new populations of rare plants to report to CA Fish and Wildlife and CNPS. Several rare/endemic plants are found along the road, between HWY 155 and Evans Flat. Possible plants we may see as we drive and search are: Calochortus westoni (Shirley Meadows star tulip); Fritillaria pinetorum (Pine fritillary); Gilia leptantha ssp. pinetorum (Pine gilia); and maybe the F. brandegei (Greenhorn fritillary). We will meet at Starbucks/Denny's parking lot on the corner of HWY 65 and Merle Haggard/7th Standard Road at 8am to arrange carpools and leave at 8:15. We'll drive up Granite Road to join HWY 155 at Hassan O's, then continue to the top of Greenhorn Mountain. Here we begin our search for rare plants of the area. We will have lunch along the way, and start back at 4 pm. Please RSVP by 8 PM May 23rd to Lucy Clark. A Rancheria Road Plant List is available on the chapter web site.

Mount Lassen Chapter

Field Trip: Butterfly Valley Botanical Area
Sunday, May 26 8:00 AM

Meet at the Chico Park & Ride west lot (Hwys 32/99) at 8:00 AM. Bring lunch, water, sun/insect protection, shoes appropriate for a bog, and money for ride sharing. Will will drive on Hwy 70 about 84 miles near the town of Quincy. The area is home of the rare insect capturing pitcher plant, Darlingtonia, which only grows in limited and scattered bog habitats. We will have lunch on a nearby open timbered flat where the forest floor is carpeted with large clumps of bear grass. There will be no extended trail walking. Leaders: Gerry Ingco 530-893-5123, Wes Dempsey 530-342-2293.


Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Josie Crawford
  • Duncan Bell
  • Danny Slakey
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Deanna Giuliano - Photographing a mysterious rare plant at Ano Nuevo - possible hybrid of Fritillaria agrestis (Rank 4.2) and Fritillaria liliacea (Rank 1B.2)
  • Kim Clark - Pholisma sonoraeĀ (Rank 1B.2)
  • Stacey Flowerdew - Oaks in shadow
  • Josie Crawford - Lupine and Workshop Participants
  • David Magney - Wetland Plant ID
  • Bruce Orr - Riparian Ecology & Restoration
  • Alicia Funk - Elderberries


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