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