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Jepson Field Book volume 27 page 44 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 27 page 44
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Mohave Desert, Barstow ---------- 2100 ft.  [No. 5355 cont. Dalea saundersii  Stamen-tube blended with the lower part of calyx-tube, the petals inserted at the top of this portion, the blended part, by their claws. Banner roundish, folded, auricular-cordate at base. Lower calyx tooth spreading stiffly at right angles! the others erect.] No. 5374. [(discarded, insect damaged)] Hymenoclea salsola T. & G. Comp. Heads monoecious; [symbol for male] heads with scarious corollas, abortive ovary and much exserted anthers; [symbol for female] heads, -- the single flower covered with scarious orbicular bracts cordate and shortly stalked. Styles 2, exserted. -- Very abundant low shrub (1 to 3 ft. h.) all over the desert. ::::::::: 2 May 1913. ----------  - Pluchea sericea. Arrow-weed. The windbreak at Waterman Ranch looks white and dead from the frost. Killed quite to ground but will sprout - The Screwbean Mesquite_ is the wisest tree on the desert says Miss Waterman. The river groves are all in naked winter conditions, quite leafless still. The Cottonwood is in full leaf, but the Mesquite will not move until it is quite safe. The last three nights have been cold, -- ice formed each night! - Swallow nest Bend is the name Miss Waterman gives to the camp below Ehrenberg on Ariz. shore in mouth of arroyo with cliffs on either hand. "We went up the arroyo bed in the morning", says Miss Waterman, "and the queer Corona de Cristo looked like the smoke of camp-fires!" That is Dalea spinosa! "The crown of thorns of the Crucifixion as I saw it", says Miss Waterman, "on the Rivieria in Italy and it is in Palestine". So if intelligent travelers confuse things, the Mexican peasants may be excused! ---------- _ Prosopis pubescens.
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