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Friday, February 5, 2016
Small Discoveries Under Young Oak Trees
The young coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) are still struggling with lower rainfall, but in their protection a variety of plants and animals thrive.
One of the plants sending up shoots and flowering is the manroot or wild cucumber. This tender vine will produce baseball-sized fruit covered in spikes. (see the dried fruit in fall - A Walk on Mulholland Hwy)
With just a little rain new plants sprout, just off the beaten trail in under the young oaks. I followed this path trying to get a photo of a male Nuttall's woodpecker and I found a quiet and unexpected Earth Minute.
See more CA Native plants:
Hidden Gardens of LA
Do Trees Dream?
How Tall is a Redwood Tree?
Take a Stroll Under the Oaks - Rocky Oaks Park
Leaves on Native Plants Fight Drought
Visit The Earth Minute each week for a new Minute of Nature
Labels: CA native plants, coast live oak, drought tolerant plants, Keri Dearborn, manroot, Michael Lawshe, mourning dove, plants under oaks, Quercus agrifolia, ribes, TheEarthMinute.com, wild cucumber, wild currant