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Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 58 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 58
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Hayes Ranch Plains w. Fresno Co. [May 14, 1907]  that made such a show from the summit of San Benito. Without water or springs, without trees or shrubs they are inexpressibly forlorn and yet with a rude fascination that is exerted upon the traveler. The flats of these foothills are sandy and on sandy benches I had the lot of plants numbered 2725 to 2741 unless otherwise designated. From these foothills we came out on to the plains. It seems an interminable journey over them. Level as a floor they stretch out in every direction. Being a little higher than the streams at the base of the foothills and higher than the river at Mendota they fix our horizon in a circle ::::::::: [Hayes Ranch Plains w. Fresno Co.] May 14, 1907  with the Sierra Nevada rising out of the gap below the horizon on the east and the Coast Ranges similarly on the west. See p. 86. This plain is sandy. It is covered at this time with a dense growth of two grasses, 2742 and 2743, and scarcely any other species to be observed. Never were many flowers here probably. We passed an irrigated wheat ranch just beyond the mouth of San Carlos Creek Canyon and another after 14 miles ([?Chenty?] Ranch). Then Mendota, where we passed the night. Came on over White's Bridge, a historical night station on the river with a white house like the Bennett Stage House at Vacaville, now abandoned, and there over the alkali plains which
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