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Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 108 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 108
Sheep Creek to Kaweah [May 24, 1907]  elm type, growing thickly and 40 ft. high. (For anecdote regarding the largest oak in Eshom Valley, see Men and Manners, vol. 11, p. 254 (Jepson Private Journal)).  From Eshom Valley we worked through the same sort of beautiful country as occurs about Whipstock Flat, oak-covered slopes, flowery, green straggling pines-then we worked up into Live Oak Pass (Maul Oaks) down into a rough canyon to an old cabin, took left up the hill to the divide to Sheep Creek and down Sheep Creek (Kaweah watershed) to North Fork Kaweah. At Merington I met Walter Frye, the exceedingly capable chief ranger of the Sequoia National park and at this time of the  ::::::::: [Sheep Creek to Kaweah] May 24, 1907  hear Acting Superintendent. He believes the blackish gum in Sequoia gigantea cones to be connected with their preservation and germinating power. When the cones open in Sept. and Oct., the rains begin to fall, moisten the gum which dissolves and forms an impervious covering like shellac which seals the seed against drying out. Eventually the seeds are in a moist place; the gum covering dissolves and the seed is ready to sprout. His experiments with coated and uncoated seeds in nursery beds bear out, thus far, his experiments. Frye says he has counted Sequoia rings near Atwell's mill and has found trees over 4000 years

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