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Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 42 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 42
Trail from Priest Valley along N.[Fork Lewis towards New Idria, May 12, 1907]  -Quercus dumosa (No. 2692) has shed quite all its old leaves and has only fresh new green ones. Hopping says his "dumosa" of Kaweah holds its old leaves.  -Alder, White. Hopping says it checks and especially warps badly when sawn into planks. "Before colony days" they had a factory which cut it into broom handles, which warped so badly nothing could be done with them. In later days the "hall" at Kaweah was built from it. The floor stuff was nailed down at once and did very well, making a smooth floor because of the close even grain, but the rest of it as planks they could do nothing with. Thre is no alder in this coast range country. We have seen none from Coalinga ::::::::: [Trail from Priest Valley along N.] Fork Lewis towards New Idria, May 12, 1907  to this spot. As a sign of water it is a surer sign than cottonwood but as it is so universally absent from really dry country it is by no means so useful a sign as the cottonwood, Populus Fremonti. This is abundant along streams through all this region. We have seen no Platanus racemosa at all. Nor any Black Oak, Maul Oak, or Christmas Berry or Madrona.  -Yucca whipplei is all through this country. Way down on Waltham Creek I looked up against the face of a tall mountain two miles away, and there was a clearly defined bright white flame like a luminous torch. It was the Yucca in flower and scanning the mountainside closely I saw more.

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