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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 132 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 132
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we started homeward, the pony more willing to hasten towards hay and barley. Since then I have botanized on some of the grandest peaks of the earth _ but none have given me more pleasure, more intaking joy than the sun-lit hours on the slopes of little Dunn_s Peak in Vaca Valley. _ Feb. 3, 1934. Dunn_s Peak was also called by the impoetic name of Smith_s Bluff. Indeed that was the name at the time of our botany trip. When I listed the place names for the Vaca Valley region on behalf of the National Geographic Board, the name Dunn I had from Ralph Platt. He (Dunn) was an old settler but what more I cannot now recall. I think a surveyor. ::::::::: The Locust Tree The Locust Tree was planted as a shade tree by the early settlers. It is a sign of an old-time place that is homestead. It would grow well in almost any type of soil, even in the hard clays and adobes, and made an erect trunk and good sun-protecting crown that was critical to the first dwellers in the land. With us at Little Oak it did not root-sprout, but after sixty or seventy years or more when the trees are becoming aged, apparently they are thicketing at some distance from the parent tree. Locust seeds are a food for the mourning dove and the valley quail. In the Sierra foothills it was planted in all the early settlements, being one of the
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