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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
Yucca Blossoms

Visit The Earth Minute each week for a new Minute of Nature

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