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Jepson Field Book volume 27 page 68 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 27 page 68
Mohave Desert, Barstow Woods of the Desert Mr. Manson, foreman of the Waterman Ranch, spoke of the horses being turned out into the "woods". Professor [---lles?], surprised, wanted to know where the woods were! The Sagebrush Pasture said Manson. It is only to the Desert dweller that desert things take on their true values. When one knows the desert, at what [?] a plant lives and grows, then plant life rises to respectful dimensions in your mind which vegetation in a favored land has no chance of a place in your esteem. The Sagebrush becomes "woods", why not?; it hides cattle init and even a standing mare. The Mesquit of Screw-bean is a forest tree and respect for it is magnified by its manifold uses. Even the "Sagebrush" here in the ranch is valuable. It is browse. It makes a cover to hold drifting ::::::::: 8 May 1913 ----------  sand, for every alfalfa field must be backed up by something of the sort in order not to be covered by a drifting sandbed. All these desert things grow in your mind's eye as you live amongst them and they take on a proportion in relation to the desert itself and so the sagebrush becomes "woods" and the mesquite grove a forest. - Chilopsis saligna. This occurs at Doggett, acc. Farris Harris. ---------- Audibertia incana Bth. No. 5435, Lab. notes: Upper lip cor. sharply notched; lower lip of three equal lobes. Two lower stamens fertile, exserted, 2 upper short and sterile. Parts all deep blue except the yellow anthers. Corolla tube short-white-hairy inside. Fils. with a short connective at summit, shown by a somewhat kneed joint or by a tooth. Shrub rather showy or marked in the desert, its flowers small but deep blue against the gray foliage. -- See p. 71.
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