Lab 5: Jasper Ridge

BOT 165: Plant communities of California
San Jose State University

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford (Santa Clara County)

This lab was an informal review (and preview) of plants, rather than the usual structured list of plants to learn, so I'm just going to show the plants we saw, without details. I didn't photograph plants that we've seen before; I focused on the ones that were new, since there were so many plants that I wouldn't have been able to keep up otherwise!

Note that one can schedule a walk at Jasper Ridge with a docent for free; it doesn't have to be with a class.

Quercus lobata: valley oak

Aesculus californica: California buckeye

Sambucus mexicanus: elderberry

Alnus rhombifolia: white alder

Quercus agrifolia: coast live oak

Heteromeles arbutifolia: toyon

Quercus douglasii: blue oak

Quercus durata: leather oak

Adenostoma fasciculatum: chamise

Mimulus aurantiacus: sticky monkeyflower

Arctostaphylos tomentosa ssp. crustacea: brittle-leaved manzanita

Baccharis pilularis: coyote brush (first three photos are of the female, second three are of the male)

Lessingia hololeuca: wooly-headed lessingia

Intermission: pretty clouds

Clematis lasiantha: pipestems / virgin's bower

Prunus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifolia: holly-leaved cherry

Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides: mountain-mahogany (birch-leaved)

Salix sp.: willow (several species)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea: red dogwood

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