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Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 106 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 106
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Eshom Valley, Live Oak Pass (all Tulare Co.) 3500 ft. [Sheep Creek, May 24, 1907]  No. 2807. Gilia. G. mariposanus Millikin. Pure white. Eshom Valley. Linanthus serrulatus. Greene. No. 2808. Quercus lobata. Eshom Val. Measurements of trees: No. 1. 23 ft. circ. at 4 ft; 110 ft. h. No. 2. 23 ft. circ. at 4 ft; 55 ft. h. No. 3. 20 ft. circ. at 4 ft; 65 ft. h. No. 4. 23 ft. circ. at 4 ft; 80 ft. h. No. 5. 28 ft. 7 in. at 2 ft; 34 1/2 ft. at base, 28 ft. 3 in. at 7 ft.  The above trees were all past maturity and in most cases had lost their main branches or some of them. No. 5 is a tree one would scarcely notice passing through the valley and yet the inhabitants of the valley claim it that it is  ::::::::: [Eshom Valley, Live Oak Pass (all Tulare Co.) 3500 ft.] Sheep Creek, May 24, 1907  the largest oak in the world, or at least in Tulare county said one naively, or the largest white oak said another! Its trunk is badly fire-hollowed on one side. Fire-hollowed trees, in spite of being fire hollowed, often measure to great size, usually surpassing perfect trunks of the species. The reason is probably that they grow out at the corners of the burn, really enlarging the cavity, as it were, and having a tendency to buttress the trunk to compensate for the weakness of the hollow, or rather caused by the hollow. All the oaks are not old, but are mainly old or very young. The clusters of young trees are very fine, vase or
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