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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 190 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 190
Boys in the Hills Botanizing in the hills, the canyons of the mountains, along the valley streams is a very wonderful thing. There is the call of the open, the delights of the native plants, the constant discovery of flowers not seen before; the enticing game of guessing their identities, to what family they belong. All this is highly exciting because it was all our game. There is no one to help us because no one in our little valley cares for, knows aught of the native flora. So each new plant opens a new chapter, each former acquaintance tells us something fresh in the lore of plant life. And with all this, so vivid but natural, so engaging but familiar, there is at times, with certain plants, a hint, a shadowy  :::::::::  trace of something strange or as of travelers from distant ages, as of youthful bright images from far away and long ago. The California Buckeye is one; its naked summer branches, the early bursting of its leaves in February the late blooming of its wondrous crown of flowers after the dry season begins make it a tree apart. It does not belong with the rest of our broad-crowned trees. The tiny herb, Blennosperma, blooming in a wet spot on the naked earth on the sunny side of the Mile-Square Hill almost before the winter pass. The California Buttercup filling in March every moist or northeast glade with its multi petaled corolla. And here in Weldon Canyon stirs bright imagery: the Bush Monkey flower, the Blue Pentstemon,
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