EXPLORE PLANT LIFE

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MISSION:

To bring about a realization of the interdependence of all living things and to protect aquatic life from the negative impacts of pollution.

FACTS:

  • Diversity of plants is tremendous in the North American continents.
     

  • California has 1,100 miles of coastline.
     

  • Monterey Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon
     

  • Offshore islands, and dry valleys such as Death Valley, have countless minerals and fossils.
     

  • There are special habitats and special climate for the wild plants.
     

  • The topographic level and the distance from the ocean decide the type of plants.
     

  • Above 10,500 feet in the Alpine Zone, there are no trees and the plants are very small.

  • Between 8,500 to 10,500 feet in the subalpine zone, you find Mountain Hemlocks and Whitebark pines.
     

  • Between 6,000 to 8,500 feet in the upper mountain zone, you see red firs and lodgepole pines.
     

  • Between 3,500 to 6,000 feet in the lower mountain zone, there are sequoias, white firs, ponderosa pines, douglas firs, mountain California black oaks.
     

  • Between 1,000 to 3,500 feet in the foothills, you find oaks, digger pines, redwoods and chaparral.
     

  • Coastal and islands have rocky coasts, sea cliffs, and coastal dunes.
     

  • Deserts, because of lack of rain in the higher elevation above 4,000 feet, have big sage brushes, single leaf pinions and western junipers.
     

  • In the lower elevations there are Creosote bushes, Joshua trees, Mojave yuccas, and beautiful wildflowers plus a variety of grasses.

Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis)
Autumn Trees
Black Walnut (Juglans californica)
Blackberry (Rubus sp.)
Cactus Flower
California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)
California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)
California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica)
Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa)
Coulter Pine (Pinus coulteri)
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Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
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Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera)
Prickly Pear (Opuntia littoralis)
Possum Banksia (Banksia baueri)
Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica)
California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)
Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)
Farewell to Spring (Clarkia amoena)
Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
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Orange Sneezeweed (Dugaldia hoopesii)
Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea)
Tumbleweed (Salsola kali tragus)
Rattlesnake Weed (Chamaesyce albomarginata)
Rattlesnake Weed (Chamaesyce albomarginata)
Palm Fruits
Bush Mallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus)
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Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla)
Golden Star (Bloomeria crocea)
Claret-cup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus)
Coral Tree (Erythrina sp.)
Giant Red Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata)
Desert Agave (Agave deserti)
Common Manzanita (Arctostaphylos manzanita)
Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)
California Buckeye (Aesculus californica)
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Fishhook Cactus (Mammillaria grahamii)
Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)
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Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Beach Morning Glory (Calystegia soldanella)
Telegraph Weed (Heterotheca grandiflora)
Poison Milkweed (Asclepias subverticillata)
Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry (Ribes speciosum)
Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Jimsonweed (Datura wrightii)
Purple Nightshade (Solanum xanti)
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California Lilac (Ceanothus sp.)
Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)
Giant Bur Reed (Sparganium eurycarpum)
Blazing Star (Mentzelia laevicaulis)
Snowy Thistle (Cirsium occidentale)
Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Powdery Dudleya (Dudleya farinosa)
Faxon Yucca (Yucca faxonii)
California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)
Lemonade Berry (Rhus integrifolia)
Scarlet Bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius)
Salt Heliotrope (Heliotropium curassavicum)
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)
Desert Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus acanthodes)
California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)
Elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata)
Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea)
Digger Pine (Pinus sabiniana)
Intermediate Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii)
Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
Lemonade Berry (Rhus integrifolia)
California Buckeye (Aesculus californica)
Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
Curlycup Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)
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Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia)
California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera)
Giant Coreopsis (Coreopsis gigantea)
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Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)
Grand Fir (Abies grandis)
Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Ice Plant (Carpobrotus edulis)
Tobacco Weed (Atrichoseris platyphylla)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Wild Hyacinth (Dichelostemma capitatum)
California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Pacific Laver (Porphyra perforata)
Giant Kelp (Alaria marginata)
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Surf Grass (Phyllospadix sp.)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum)
Rib Grass (Plantago lanceolata)
Hinds Willow (Salix hindsiana)
Restem Filaree (Erodium cicutarium)
California Dodder (Cuscuta Californica) on Sumac
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Giant Coreopsis (Coreopsis gigantea)
Wild Radish (Raphanus sativus)
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Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
oast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) flowers in spring
Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina)
Lotus sp.
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Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.)
Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri)
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Oak Tree (Quercus sp.)
Oak Trees (Quercus sp.)
Chaparral Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei), also known as Our Lord's Candle
Pacific Silverweed (Argentina pacifica)
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Pampas Grass (Cortaderia sp.)
Peruvian Peppertree (Schinus molle)
Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)
Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)
Powdery Dudleya (Dudleya farinosa)
Desert Sulfur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum)
Sycamore (Platanus sp.)
Tibetan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia)
Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)
Western Morning Glory (Calystegia occidentalis)
Western Morning Glory (Calystegia occidentalis)
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