CNPS Happenings June/July 2014

June, 2014



Beginners and experts, non-members and members are all welcome at our programs and on our outings.  Almost all of our events are free.  All of our events are made possible by volunteer effort.

Field Trips & Plant Walks

May 25, Sunday.  1:00-3:00 p.m. Azaleas! at the Azalea State Reserve.  Join experienced native plant gardener and entomologist Pete Haggard to admire the azaleas blooming and see a variety of other native shrubs recommended for gardens. About half mile easy walk on gravel path. Exit onto North Bank Rd. off 101 just north of the Mad River; after about one mile turn left on Azalea Dr., and left into the parking lot. 707-839-0307.

June 7-8, Saturday-Sunday.  Rare Plant Treasure Hunt for Serpentine Endemics  at UC McLoughlin Reserve, hike and overnight.
The reserve and the Milo Baker Chapter invite us to camp Saturday and join a potluck dinner Saturday night in the reserve field station facility. The reserve is 13 miles southwest of Lower Lake (east end of Clear Lake). On Sunday  morning we will visit a rugged serpentine canyon to map CNPS-listed plants. We will carpool in high clearance/4WD vehicles for this moderately strenuous outing. There will be opportunities to learn how to census rare plants and fill out CNDDB field survey forms for those interested. Contact: Wendy Smit, Milo Baker Fieldtrip Chair, Carol Ralph will  coordinate anyone going from Arcata area (707-822-2015;

June 8, Sunday. Rare Plant Big Day in Trinidad. 
How many plants listed in the Inventory of Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Plants of California ( can we see in one day on the bluffs and beaches and in the bogs and forests of Trinidad area? With good planning, possibly twelve. We will learn how rare it is, how to distinguish it from similar species, and what threatens it. We will see fun, non-rare plants too, of course. Dress for the weather (and maybe wet feet); bring lunch and water. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School. Finish mid-afternoon. Please tell Carol (822-2015, you are coming.

June 14, Saturday.  Fish Lake Wildflower Hikes and optional Campout. 
Explore the plant communities in the vicinity of Fish Lake, near Orleans, including Port Orford-Cedar, Western Azalea, and a variety of other ericaceous shrubs.Meet at the Panamnik Building in Orleans at 10 a.m., or at the campground at 11 a.m. Camping at Fish Lake Campground is available. Please contact Tanya Chapple at 530-627-3202 or Co-sponsored with the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council.

July 12-13, Saturday-Sunday.  Bear Lake  Day Hike or Backpack Overnight.
We will explore the Bear Peak Botanical Area in the Siskiyou Wilderness. This is an overnight backpacking trip with the option to day-hike. The first day we will hike the three miles to camp at Upper Bear Lake. The hike is moderate and very exposed, through a burned area, and drops steeply into the lake basin. The next day we can explore the botanical area and/or hike on to Red Hill, a very interesting open forest with Port Orford-Cedar and Brewer’s Spruce growing out of red rock. Meet at the Panamnik Building in Orleans at 10am, or at the Elbow Springs Trailhead at noon. Please contact Tanya Chapple at 530-627-3202 or

July 18-20.  Wetlands and Cascade Mountains in Rocky Point, Oregon.
The many wetlands of Upper Klamath Lake near Rocky Point offer a diversity of wetland plants, both perennial and ephemeral, even in a drought year. The Ralphs’ cabin near Rocky Point Resort will be headquarters for half-day explorations by canoe or by foot of the tule-and-cat-tail marsh along Recreation Creek, the vernal pool aspect of Harriman Springs and Four-Mile Marsh, the mountain meadow uplands and marsh of Big Meadow, the streamside lilies and mosquitoes of Seven Mile Creek, and other sites as time permits.. Ralphs offer cabin space and tent sites (very rustic), and Rocky Point Resort, a small, rustic resort, offers tent sites (5), RV sites, cabin, and motel units, as well as canoe rental.Contact Carol for more details as soon as you think you might come (707-822-2015;

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Wanted: New Occurrences of
California Globe Mallow

Jennifer Kalt

California globe mallow, known to botanists as Iliamna latibracteata, is a member of the hollyhock family (Malvaceae).  It is a fire-follower, meaning that it typically occurs in recently-burned areas. It grows mainly in white fir and Douglas-fir forests from northwestern California to southwestern Oregon. Many occurrences have been discovered within a few years of forest fires, after which they persist for a number of years until resprouting shrubs and trees crowd and shade them out. Thought to have long-lived seeds, the California globe-mallow is probably capable of surviving in the soil seed bank for decades.

In California, it has been found in Del Norte, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties. It was first described from Prairie Creek near Davison Ranch (Humboldt County) in 1951, but most present-day populations are at much higher elevations (3,000-5,000 feet above sea level). The CNPS Inventory ranks it as fairly endangered in California (List 1B.2). Its primary threats are fire exclusion (both fire suppression and absence of controlled burns), livestock grazing, post-fire salvage logging, and invasive species. The largest known populations are on lands managed by the Rogue River-Siskiyou, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.

Recent wildfires may have stimulated seed germination in areas the plant has not been seen in decades, so keep your eyes peeled for this showy rare plant this summer! If you see any, please send specific location information and photos to

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