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Mt. Piños Update & CalFlora

June 25, 2011

Occasionally there is an error in a blog or we discover additional information after the blog is emailed to you. We usually don’t send you another email with the correction (you probably already have an inbox stuffed with less-than-critically-important email), but just correct the original blog. Unless you actually check the blogsite, you won’t know. Frankly, most of the time, it’s not terrifically important.

I made a minor correction to our Mt. Piños field trip blog concerning the Cassin’s Finch count. (Big deal.) But in researching our first picture of the unspecified Ceanothus, I ran across an interesting website which I want to mention to all the flower lovers out there.

Mountain Whitethorn (L.Johnson 6/11)

It’s called CalFlora. Here’s their write-up of the Mountain Whitethorn, or Snow Bush, which is what we determined this beautifully flowering shrub to be. This website is packed with information, pictures, maps, specific locations of plants. When I notified the CalFlora sitemaster that I was mentioning their site and putting a link to it on our site, they sent me a link to one of their fascinating options called What Grows Here. Follow this link to discover What Grows Here for Mt. Piños. This site has information, pictures and site locations for some 527 plants that are recorded from the Mt. Piños vicinity.

Mountain Whitethorn (Snowbush), Ceanothus cordulatus in bloom near "the triangle" ~5500 ft. (L.Johnson 6/11)

I have no idea exactly how many sites they have in their data base, but I suspect it’s a lot. If you are interested in plants, where they’re found and what’s growing in a particular area, I highly recommend this website.  [Chuck Almdale]

One Comment
  1. LucienP permalink
    June 25, 2011 12:35 pm

    Wow! Chuck.
    It’s an amazing internet resource and very quick to load for the huge amount of information that it contains. A fantastic asset if you are going to lead a nature walk.


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